Nathan Hogaboom, PhD

Nathan Hogaboom, PhD, is a Research Scientist in the Centers for Spinal Cord Injury Research and co-director of the Derfner-Lieberman Laboratory for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research. After earning his doctorate in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Hogaboom joined Kessler Foundation as the inaugural Derfner Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Regenerative Rehabilitation Research. His professional activities include member of the editorial board of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine and early career officer of the American Congress of Rehabilitative Medicine’s Spinal Cord Injury Interdisciplinary Special Interest Group (SCI-ISIG). He is a research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

In 2020, he was recognized as a ‘rising star’ by the Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research and Training for his investigation of micro-fragmented adipose tissue for treating shoulder and knee pain caused by rotator cuff and meniscus pathologies. He has published in peer-reviewed rehabilitation journals and co-authored the chapter on overuse injuries and fractures in Spinal Cord Medicine ed 3 by Kirshblum and Lin. His research focuses on applying the principles of regenerative medicine to the development of new interventions for musculoskeletal pain and using biomarkers to measure responses to treatment.

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PhD - Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh
BS - Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests

Dr. Hogaboom’s current research focuses on regenerative rehabilitation interventions for degenerative musculoskeletal pathologies in wheelchair users and able-bodied individuals in civilian and military populations. He also studies secondary complications of spinal cord injury with an emphasis on musculoskeletal pain and assistive technology, and the quantitative assessment of soft-tissue pathology using noninvasive imaging and other biomarkers. Funding sources include the Derfner Foundation The Geneva Foundation, and the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research.


View comprehensive listings of Dr. Hogaboom’s publications on Research Gate, PubMed and GoogleScholar


American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM)

Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIPro)

International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation