Ismael Seáñez, PhD

Ismael Seáñez, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Neurosurgery

At Washington University, I get the exciting opportunity to collaborate with clinicians and scientists to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Dr. Seáñez

Research focus

The mission of the Seáñez Lab is to develop neuro-rehabilitation tools and programs that promote the active use of residual mobility, maximize recovery, and improve the quality of life of individuals with neurological disorders. Research in the Seáñez Lab involves the use of body-machine interfaces (BoMIs) to provide a higher level of control for existing assistive devices and neuroprosthetics, and to improve motor function through rehabilitation.

Seáñez Laboratory

Seáñez Laboratory

Improving movement through neurorehabilitation.

Honors & leadership roles

  • 2016-2018 Whitaker International Postdoctoral Scholars Award
  • 2014-2016 NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31 – Diversity)
  • 2011-2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award
  • 2009-2010 NIH MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Award (T34) Trainee


PhD, Northwestern University, 2016

MS, Northwestern University, 2013

BS, The University of Texas at San Antonio, 2010


Whitaker Postdoctoral Fellow
Courtine Lab, Center for Neuroprosthetics and Brain Mind Institute
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland