Associate Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Rehabilitation Medicine
- Ph.D. Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, 2003
- B.S. Zoology, University of Washington, 1998
Chet Moritz joins ECE in a joint appointment with UW Medicine’s Department of Rehabilitation, where he has been faculty since 2010. He is co-director of the UW’s Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), a research center that leverages transdisciplinary collaborations in medicine and engineering to design novel devices and methods for improving brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. In his research, Chet develops techniques to bypass damaged areas of the nervous system and restore control of movement to paralyzed limbs, promoting recovery and potentially regenerating damaged neural tissue. As a 2013 Allen Distinguished Investigator, he and other faculty received $1.5M to design a brain-computer-spinal interface that blends technology, neuroscience and computation to reanimate hand and arm movements after injury.
He is currently collaborating with industry partners to test novel stimulation technologies to restore hand and walking function for people with spinal cord injuries, using technique of engineered neuroplasticity to drive long term recovery in the brain and spinal cord.