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Shanie A.L. Jayasinghe, Ph.D.

Dr. Jayasinghe obtained her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. Her postdoctoral studies were completed at Michigan State University and at the Pennsylvania State University. Her research focus is on upper limb motor control and motor learning in individuals with movement disorders. More specifically, she is interested in exploring how different forms of sensory feedback and various aspects of cognition play a role in producing efficient and accurate movement. Dr. Jayasinghe co-directs and teaches Neurorehabilitation I (PT 6286) and mentors a research group (PT 8193) in the DPT program. On a personal note, Dr. Jayasinghe is originally from Sri Lanka and likes to travel and learn about different cultures and cuisines.

Graduate Students

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Pramisha Thapa

My name is Pramisha Thapa. I am from Kathmandu Nepal and currently a PhD Student here at the University of Minnesota and a Research Assistant in Movement Control and Rehabilitation lab (MCR lab). I did my undergraduate studies from India and by profession I am a Physical therapist back in Nepal. My research interest lies in studying the individuals who have survived neurological disorders basically stroke survivors. Since I worked as a PT in a neurological and rehabilitation setup in Nepal, my interest in involving myself in the studies of neurological disorders grew even stronger and here I am today!


DPT Students

  • Michaela Craigan
  • Katherine Ellis
  • Emma Herbe
  • Jake Van Wyk

Lab alumni



  • Rachel Hawe, DPT, PhD Assistant Professor, School of Kinesiology, University of Minnesota
  • Fabrice Sarlegna, PhD, Research Scientist, Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, ISM, Marseille
  • Robert Sainburg, PhD, OTR, Professor, Departments of Kinesiology and Neurology, Pennsylvania State University