Faculty Directory
Eric J. Perreault

Vice President for Research

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


Evanston Campus: 2145 Sheridan Road, Tech E322, Evanston, IL 60208-3107
Chicago Campus: 345 East Superior Street, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Floor 14, Chicago, IL 60611

Email Eric Perreault


Neuromuscular Control and Plasticity Lab


Biomedical Engineering


Master of Science in Robotics Program


Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

M.S. Eng. Electrical Engineering, McGill University, Montréal, PQ

B.S. Eng. Electrical Engineering, McGill University, Montréal, PQ

Research Interests

Research in our group focuses on understanding the neural and biomechanical factors involved in the normal control of multi-joint movement and posture and how these factors are modified following neuromotor pathologies such as stroke and spinal cord injury. The goal of this research is to provide a scientific basis for understanding normal and pathological motor control that can be used to guide rehabilitative strategies and user interface development for restoring function to individuals with motor deficits. A combination of experimentation, computer simulations, and machine learning is being used to achieve this goal. 

Selected Publications

Selected Recent Publications

  1. Ludvig D, Whitmore MW, Perreault EJ (2022) Leveraging Joint Mechanics Simplifies the Neural Control of Movement. Front Integr Neurosci. 16:802608. PMC8978895
  2. Jakubowski KL, Ludvig D, Bujnowski D, Lee SSM, Perreault EJ (2022) Simultaneous quantification of ankle, muscle, and tendon impedance in humans. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. (available online). 
  3. Wang AB, Housley SN, Flores AM, Cope TC, Perreault EJ (2022) Cancer survivors post-chemotherapy exhibit unique proprioceptive deficits in proximal limbs. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 19(1):32. PMC8944065
  4. Nicolozakes CP, Ludvig D, Baillargeon EM, Perreault EJ, Seitz AL. (2021) Muscle Contraction Has a Reduced Effect on Increasing Glenohumeral Stability in the Apprehension Position Med Sci Sports Exerc. 53(11):2354-2362. PMC8516675
  5. Altan E, Solla SA, Miller LE, Perreault EJ (2021) Estimating the dimensionality of the manifold underlying multi-electrode neural recordings. PLoS Comput Biol. 17(11):e1008591. 
  6. Lipps DB, Baillargeon EM, Ludvig D, Perreault EJ (2020) Quantifying the Multidimensional Impedance of the Shoulder During Volitional Contractions. Ann Biomed Eng. 48(9):2354-2369. PMC7670493
  7. Bernabei M, Lee SSM, Perreault EJ, Sandercock TG (2020) Shear wave velocity is sensitive to changes in muscle stiffness that occur independently from changes in force. J Appl Physiol (1985). 128(1):8-16. PMC6985815
  8. Ludvig, D., Plocharski, M., Plocharski, P., & Perreault, E. J. (2017). Mechanisms contributing to reduced knee stiffness during movement. Experimental Brain Research, 235(10), 2959–2970.
  9. Steele KM, Tresch MC, and Perreault EJ (2015) Consequences of biomechanically constrained tasks in the design and interpretation of synergy analyses. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113(7): 2102-2113.
  10. Honeycutt CF, Kharouta M, and Perreault EJ (2013) Evidence for reticulospinal contributions to coordinated finger movements in humans. J Neurophysiol 110(7):1476-83.