Claudia Angeli, PhD

Claudia Angeli, PhD, is assistant director of the Tim and Caroline Reynolds Center for Spinal Stimulation at Kessler Foundation. She is a leader in combining spinal cord epidural stimulation and activity-based therapy to promote functional recovery following motor complete spinal cord injury (SCI).

Dr. Angeli conducts research to study the neural mechanisms responsible for human locomotion. Her research is also focused on developing the best strategies for promoting neuroplasticity following SCI. While working at the University of Louisville she was part of the first human proof of principle study using spinal cord lumbosacral epidural stimulation for the recovery of standing and stepping in individuals with motor complete SCI. She has expertise in the application of spinal cord epidural stimulation for the restoration of motor and autonomic function.

Over the past decade, Dr Angeli has published over 25 articles and book chapters on the use of epidural stimulation for the recovery of motor function and the modulation of autonomic function following SCI. Most noticeable are her publications in Brain, demonstrating the recovery of voluntary movement in the presence of epidural stimulation in individuals with motor complete spinal cord injury, and NEJM, demonstrating the recovery of walking following task-specific training with epidural stimulation in two individuals with motor complete SCI.

Dr. Angeli is also an associate professor in the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation department at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal stimulation
Gait Analysis
PhD - Biomechanics, Michigan State University
MS- Exercise Science, Michigan State University
BS – Exercise and Sports Science, East Carolina University
Research Interests

Restoration of Lower Extremity Function
Activity-based Therapy
Locomotion and Standing
Spinal Cord Mapping
Epidural Stimulation
Secondary Complications of Spinal Cord Injury


View a comprehensive list of Dr. Angeli’s publications on PubMed.

Meet the Researcher Claudia Angeli, PhD, presents the TEDx Talk "How We Helped Paralyzed People to Walk Again."