Maria Jantz is a PhD student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her undergraduate degree in Physics at Goshen College, where she developed an interest in prostheses. Following college, she worked with Professors Lee Miller and Matthew Tresch at Northwestern University to use functional electrical stimulation to restore locomotion following spinal cord injuries. Her current research focuses on rapidly-translatable methods to restore bladder function using electrical stimulation.
Research Interest Summary
neuroprosthetics, bladder function, spinal cord injury, electrical stimulation
Restoration of bladder function is one of the highest priorities for people with spinal cord injury. Using electrical stimulation of the epidural spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia, Maria studies methods to selectively recruit nerves innervating the bladder and characterize bladder function. Additionally, Maria is interested in the impact of different pathological conditions on bladder responses to stimulation.