Yasin Dhaher

Yasin Dhaher, PhD

Director, Searle Center for the Science of Walking
Director, Neuromechanics Laboratory

Professor, PM&R, Biomechanical Engineering, NUIN Program, MSRSM Program (NU)

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About Me

Dr. Dhaher studies the biomechanics and neurodynamics of lower extremity movement in patients with neuromuscular diseases and central nervous system lesions.


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1991 - 1997
    PhD, Theoretical Mechanics/Biomechanics Material Science and Mechanics Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    1987 - 1990
    MS, Mechanical Engineering/Applied Mechanics, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, Jordan
    1983 - 1987
    Bachelor of Science (BSc), Mechanical Engineering, Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan


    1997 - 1999
    Post Doctoral Fellowship, Systems Neurophysiology, Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow of the Northwestern Center for Engineering Education Research (NCEER)
  • Excellence in Neural Engineering Travel Award, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and National Science Foundation
  • BaskinAward for Excellence in Research, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

My Lab

Neuromechanics of Impaired Locomotion Lab

The goal of our research is to understand the underlying neurophysiological and biomechanical mechanisms responsible for walking abnormalities.

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Work History

  • 1997 - Present
    Research Scientist, Sensory Motor Performance Program, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2009 - 2015
    Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 2011 - 2014
    Rehabilitation Research Consultant, Government of Qatar
  • 2004 - 2008
    Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
  • 2002 - 2006
    EMPhotonics Inc., Engineering Mechanics and Biomechanics Consultant
  • 1998 - 2000
    Law office of Sidney Ezra, Biomechanics Expert
  • 1992 - 1997
    Instructor/Research Assistant, Department of Material Sciences and Mechanics, Michigan State University
  • 1992 - 1996
    Solira Laboratories In., Biomechanics Consultant
  • 1996
    Prentice Hall, Engineering Mechanics Consultant
  • 1988 - 1990
    Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Engineering, Jordan University of Science and Technology University