Matthew Tresch

Matthew Tresch, PhD

Principle Investigator
Professor, Northwestern University
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About Me

Matthew Tresch studies the neural control of movement, examining the relationship between neural systems and the mechanics of the body. His background is in neuroscience with an emphasis on spinal motor control. Since arriving in Chicago and Shirley Ryan Abilitylab/Northwestern, his work has expanded to consider approaches for restoring function following spinal cord injury using neuroprosthetics and examining how the nervous systems maintains healthy joints. This work entails collaborations with other investigators at both Shirley Ryan Abilitylab and Northwestern.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1988 - 1992
    Psychology, Wesleyan University
    1992 - 1997
    Neuroscience, Massacusetts Institute of Technology


    1998 - 2001
    Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen

Honors & Awards

  • Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll
    Northwestern University, 2011
  • Faculty and Administrator Honor Roll
    Northwestern University, 2010
  • Best presentation
    Scandinavian Physiological Congress, 1998
  • Howard Hughes predoctoral fellowship
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1993 - 1997
  • National Science Foundation predoctoral fellowship
    National Science Foundation
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Wesleyan University, 1992
  • Watson Prize
    Wesleyan University, 1992
  • Friedman Prize
    Wesleyan University, 1989

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Scientific Advisory Board
    Paralyzed Veterans of America, 2013

Research Interests

  • neural control of movement
  • neuromechanics
  • neuroprosthetics

Selected Grants

  • National Institutes of Health
    R01NS086973, 2014 - 2019
  • Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
    2015 - 2017