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Chet Moritz

  • CJ and Elizabeth Hwang Associate Professor


Chet Moritz received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, followed by post-doctoral training at the University of Colorado. A second post-doc at the University of Washington began his interest in brain-computer interfaces and neural devices to treat paralysis. He is now an Associate Professor in the departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Physiology & Biophysics. He was named an Allen Distinguished Investigator and appointed to the Christopher & Dana Reeve International Consortium on Spinal Cord Repair. Chet serves as the Co-Director for the Center for Neurotechnology, and NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC). He is also the founding director of the Washington Spinal Cord Injury Consortium (WASCIC).  Chet directs the Restorative Technologies Laboratory (RTL) which focuses on developing technologies to treat paralysis due to spinal cord injury.

Research interests

Research in the Restorative Technology Laboratory (RTL) aims to improve function after brain and spinal cord injury.  We develop and test neuroprosthetic devices to that interface with the nervous system in order to restore movement and sensation after injury.  Our team includes engineers, neuroscientists, rehabilitation professionals working in the transdisciplinary fields of neural engineering and neurotechnology.   Please visit the lab website for more information about our team, current projects and a list of publications (

Representative Publications

  • Moritz, C.T. (2018) Now is the critical time for Engineered Neuroplasticity. Invited Perspective for special issue on Spinal Cord injury. Neurotherapeutics. DOI: 10.1007/s13311-018-0637-0. PMID: 29948920. Open Access download: [ Link ]
  • Inanici, F., Samejima, S., Gad, P., Edgerton, V.R., Hofstetter, C., Moritz, C.T. (2018) Transcutaneous electrical spinal stimulation promotes long-term recovery of upper extremity functions in chronic tetraplegia: a case study. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering (TNSRE). 26(6) 1272-1278. PMID: 29877852 [ Link ]
  • Mondello, S.E., Sunshine M.D., Fischedick A.E., Dreyer S., Horwitz, G.D., Anikeeva, P., Horner P.J. Moritz C.T. (2018) Optogenetic surface stimulation of the rat cervical spinal cord. Journal of Neurophysiology. 120:795-811 [ Link ]
  • Bjanes, D.A. & Moritz, C.T. (2018) Automated Center-out Rodent Behavioral Trainer (ACRoBaT), a fully automated device for training rats to perform a center out task. .Behavioural Brain Research. 356: 115-121: PMID: 29196193. [ Link ]
  • Kasten M.R., Sunshine M.D., Secrist E., Horner P.J., Moritz C.T. (2013) Therapeutic intraspinal stimulation improves forelimb function after cervical contusion injury. Journal of Neural Engineering. 10 044001. PMCID: PMC3748939.
  • Moritz, C.T., Perlmutter, S.I., Fetz, E.E. (2008) Direct control of paralyzed muscles by cortical neurons. Nature, 456, 639-642.
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