Our Focus

the study of central nervous system plasticity during the course of motor learning and regaining sensorimotor function. Within activity-based therapies that utilize neural modulation, lab researchers are especially interested in exploring the strategies for regaining functionality during self-assisted standing and stepping, as well as for improving control of motor and autonomic functions.

The Neuromodulation & Recovery Lab is focused on the development of neuromodulatory strategies to promote functional recovery and mobility after neuromuscular disorders and injuries, including stroke and spinal cord injury. The lab employs a wide variety of approaches and techniques to their research, which includes epidural and transcutaneous spinal stimulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation, peripheral nerve stimulation, as well as electromyography, kinematic analysis, posturography, and neuroimaging.

Within the Center for Neuroregeneration, the Neuromodulation & Recovery Lab is collaborating on studies using preclinical models, which focuses on regrowth and reorganization of injured neural circuits. The lab also pursues research with the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core within HMRI. In addition, the lab forms strong collaborations with research teams from the University of California Los Angeles, the Mayo Clinic, the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the University of Alberta.

Dimitry Sayenko, MD, PhD

Dimitry Sayenko, MD, PhD

Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III Endowed Associate Professor

Houston Methodist Department of Neurosurgery, Center for Neuroregeneration, Center for Translational Neural Prosthetics and Interfaces.
Houston Methodist Weill Cornell Medical College.


Sayenko Lab
Houston Methodist Research Institute
6560 Fannin, Suite 944
Houston, Texas 77030

Jenny Dinh
Clinical Research Specialist
Phone: 713.790.3311
Email: jtdinh@houstonmethodist.org
Web: sayenko.hmailabs.org