Michel A Lemay
Michel A Lemay
Department: Bioengineering


Michel A Lemay, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Temple University. His research group focuses on understanding the functioning and contribution of the spinal circuitry to the control of locomotion, and how this circuitry can be re-engaged for rehabilitation purposes following injury. Dr.Lemay's group uses a number of tools to activate and probe the spinal circuitry, techniques ranging from cellular delivery of neurotrophic factors to electrical stimulation of the spinal cord or its afferent feedback to locomotor re-training and multiunit recording of interneuronal activity during locomotion. Prior to coming to Temple University, Dr. Lemay was a Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine, and a Principal Investigator in the Spinal Cord Research Center at this institution. Dr. Lemay received his PhD and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and trained as a post-doctoral fellow under Drs. Neville Hogan and Emilio Bizzi at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

office hours

Thursday - 9:30 - 12:30 PM


  • Ph.D. -- Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1994
  • M.S. -- Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 1990
  • B.S. -- Electrical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke, 1987

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Bioengineering Department, Temple University, 2014
  • Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, 2001-2013
  • Research Associate, Biomedical Engineering Department, Case Western Reserve University, 1998-2000
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Mechanical Engineering, M.I.T. 1994-1998

Recent Publications

  • M Grove, H Kim, M Santerre, AJ Krupka, SB Han, J Zhai, JY Cho, R Park, M Harris, S Kim, BE Sawaya, SH Kang, MF Barbe, SH Cho, MA Lemay, and YJ Son, "YAP/TAZ initiate and maintain Schwann cell myelination", eLife, 2017.
  • MP Cote, M Murray and MA Lemay, "Rehabilitation strategies after spinal cord injury:  Inquiry into the mechanisms of success and failure", J Neurotrauma, Vol. 34, pp.  1841-1857, 2017.
  • M Dimiskovski, R Scheinfield, D Higgin, AJ Krupka, and MA Lemay, "Characterization and validation of a split belt treadmill for measuring hindlimb ground-reaction forces in able-bodies and spinalized felines", J Neurosci Methods, Vol 278, pp. 65-75, 2017.
  • AJ Krupka, I Fischer and MA Lemay, "Transplants of neurotrophin-producing autologous fibroblasts promote recovery of treadmill stepping in the acute, sub-chronic and chronic spinal cat", J Neurotrauma, Vol 34, pp. 1858-1872, 2017.
  • C Xu, MC Klaw, MA Lemay, PW Baas, and VJ Tom, "Pharmacologically inhibiting kinesin-5 activity with monastrol promotes axonal regeneration following spinal cord injury", Experimental Neurology, Vol. 263, pp. 172-176, 2015.
  • SN Markin, MA Lemay, BI Prilutsky, and IA Rybak, “Motoneuronal and muscle synergies involved in cat hindlimb control during fictive and real locomotion: a comparison study, J Neurophysiology, Vol. 107, pp. 2057-2071, 2012.
  • N AuYong, K Ollivier-Lanvin and MA Lemay, “Population spatiotemporal dynamics of spinal intermediate zone interneurons during air-stepping in adult spinal cats”, J Neurophysiology, Vol. 106, pp. 1943-1953, 2011.
  • JF Bonner, TM Connors, WF Silverman, DP Kowalski, MA Lemay and I Fischer, “Grafted neural progenitors integrate and restore synaptic connectivity across the injured spinal cord”, J Neuroscience, Vol. 31, pp. 4675-4686, 2011.
  • K Ollivier-Lanvin, A Krupka, N AuYong, K Miller, BI Prilutsky and MA Lemay, “Electrical stimulation of the sural cutaneous afferent nerve controls the amplitude and onset of the swing phase of locomotion in the spinal cat”, J Neurophysiology, Vol. 105, pp. 2297-2308, 2011.

Research Interest

  • Neural Engineering
  • Spinal Cord Role in Movement
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Plasticity
  • Spinal Circuitry
  • Biomechanics
  • Neuroprosthesis

Funding Sources

  • National Institute of Health (NINDS, NIBIB)