Victor Santamaria

Postdoctoral Researcher

I received my degree in Physical Therapy in 2007. I obtained my specialization in Pediatric Physical Therapy from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) and my Master degree in Neuroscience from the Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y Leon (INCYL) at the University of Salamanca (USAL). Additionally, I did further studies in Neurological Pathology at the University Rey Juan Carlos of Madrid (URJC). I worked as a physical therapist in the field of pediatric and adult neurorehabilitation in Spain from 2006 through 2011. I came to the States in 2011 and obtained my PhD under the supervision of Dr. Marjorie Woollacott at the University of Oregon. I obtained my Post-doctoral training with Dr. Andrew Gordon at Teachers College, Columbia University. My field of research focuses on evidence-based motor learning-control training programs and understanding their underlying neuromuscular and biomechanical mechanisms. I presently work as an Associate Research Scientist in the ROAR lab under the supervision of Dr. Sunil K. Agrawal at Columbia University. Currently, we are investigating the potential of this innovative technology to maximize functional recovery of postural and reaching deficits in children and adults diagnosed with neuromotor disorders such as cerebral palsy and spinal cord injury. 

Publications

The Robotic Trunk-Support-Trainer (TruST) to Measure and Increase Postural Workspace During Sitting in People With Spinal Cord Injury

Victor Santamaria
Tatiana Luna
Moiz Khan
Sunil Agrawal

Stand Trainer with Applied Forces at the Pelvis and Trunk: Response to Perturbations and Assist-As-Needed Support.

Moiz Khan
Tatiana Luna
Victor Santamaria
Isirame Omofuma
Dario Martelli
Enrico Rejc
Joel Stein
Susan Harkema
Sunil Agrawal