Milap Sandhu, PT, PhD
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University
Dr. Milap Sandhu is a Research Scientist II at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.
Dr. Sandhu's research agenda centers around promoting functional independence in individuals with neurological deficits. His work broadly focuses on identifying and validating plasticity-inducing therapies that can enhance sensorimotor recovery, with a specific emphasis on translational research at the intersection of neuroplasticity and rehabilitation in individuals with spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. The goal of his research is to conduct mechanistic studies in neuroplasticity, with an eye towards translating them into effective clinical interventions via randomized clinical trials. This undertaking involves collaborations with other investigators at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Northwestern University, and other top institutions across the nation.
Dr. Sandhu has received grant support from numerous organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, and the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation. His extensive publications cover a wide range of topics related to neuroplasticity and rehabilitation in both humans and animal models.
Dr. Sandhu obtained his BS in Physical Therapy from Guru Nanak Dev University in India, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie, Floor 21C
Chicago, IL 60611
Education & Training
Honors & Awards
40 Under 40 - Chicago ScientistsThis award honors scientists making significant strides in translational research, and recognizes 40 scientists under 40 in Chicagoland, 2019
Switzer Research Fellowship AwardNational Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, 2015
Outstanding Research AwardCollege of Health Professions Research Day, University of Florida, 2009, 2010
Member, American Spinal Cord Injury Association2019 - Present
Member, American Physical Therapy Association2016 - Present
Member, Society for Neuroscience2006 - Present
Neuroplasticity and Motor Control
Clinical Trials in Neurorehabilitation Interventions
Acute Intermittent Hypoxia-induced Neuromodulation
Single Motor Unit Laboratory
We record electrical activity from single motor units as well as muscle during voluntary and reflex contractions in patients with neurological disorders.view lab