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Randolph J. Nudo, PhD, FAHA, FASNR

Randolph Nudo portrait
Professor and Vice Chair, Research Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professional Background

Randolph J. Nudo, Ph.D. is a University Distinguished Professor andamp; Vice Chair of Research, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Associate Director of the Landon Center on Aging. As Associate Director of the Landon Center on Aging, Dr. Nudo is responsible for fiscal management of the Center, and assisting the Director in the coordination of interdisciplinary education, research and service activities, and the development of new programs devoted to the health and well-being of older Kansans. He is also Director of the Institute for Neurological Discoveries, dedicated to developing solutions to the growing number of neurological disorders occurring in the United States. He serves as the Marion Merrell Dow Distinguished Professor in Aging.

Education and Training
  • BS, Psychology/Statistics, Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Psychology, Florida State University
  • PhD, Psychology/Neuroscience, Florida State University
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Physiology, University of California at San Francisco



Dr. Nudo's Cortical Plasticity Laboratory focuses on understanding the brain's self-repair capacity after injury, and developing novel therapeutic approaches based on neuroscientific principles. His research has had continuous funding from NIH since 1993. He also collaborates with electrical engineers on projects funded by the Department of Defense to develop implantable electronic microdevices to repair pathways in the brain after traumatic brain injury. Dr. Nudo is the co-inventor of patents related to this technology. He also works with biomaterials engineers to develop therapeutic materials for repairing cranial defects and with imaging scientists to develop wearable, deep-structure imaging for analyzing brain hemodynamics. Dr. Nudo also works with collaborators in the Cortical Plasticity Laboratory to explore novel technologies and therapies for spinal cord injury.