Dr. Thrasher earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada in 2002, and has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from the same institution. Following a period as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto in Canada, Dr. Thrasher moved to the University of Houston in September 2006 to develop an independent research program on movement disorders and clinical interventions to improve function. Dr. Thrasher is an internationally recognized expert on the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation to restore movement in muscles that have been paralyzed or weakened by stroke or spinal cord injury. He has designed and implemented several electrical stimulation devices for the rehabilitation of walking, reaching and grasping. He co-authored the entry on “Neuroprostheses” in the Encyclopedia of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and has published extensively on the use of electrical stimulation devices. Dr. Thrasher is also interested in other novel rehabilitation technologies, such as robot-assisted movement therapy.
Dr. Thrasher is currently investigating the central control of walking by analyzing peripheral nerve signals during walking in a variety of clinical populations. He collaborates extensively with physicians, therapists and clinical scientists throughout the Texas Medical Center. Dr. Thrasher is a member of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).