Dr. Jayasinghe is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Divisions of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. She then attended the University of Southern California where she received both her MS and PhD in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Jayasinghe completed postdoctoral training at Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine prior to joining the U of M. Dr. Jayasinghe uses her engineering foundation to study clinically relevant questions related to upper limb movement. She is specifically interested in exploring the role of cognition in sensorimotor control in chronic stroke survivors.
Dr. Jayasinghe’s research interests are in motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation, specifically in examining mechanisms of upper limb motor control to develop non-invasive and personalized tools for stroke rehabilitation. Currently, she is focused on understanding the role of lateralized motor and cognitive processes during movement, and how they influence functional outcomes in chronic stroke survivors with hemiparesis.
Research Funding Grants
- NIH, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, R21 (HD111748) 06/01/2023-05/31/2025. Title: The role of cognitive load on lateralized motor control processes. Role: PI
- NIH (5P2CHD101899-04 subcontract) 06/01/2023-11/30/2023. Title: C-STAR Collaborative Mentorship. Role: Subcontract PI (PI: Lieber)
- Medical School/UMF Assistant Professor Award, University of Minnesota: Aug. 2022-July 2023
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD059783) 2019-2022. Title: Predicting ipsilesional motor deficits in stroke with dynamic dominance model. Role: Postdoctoral Scholar (MPI: Sainburg, Winstein).
- Motor control
- Motor learning
- University of Minnesota – Twin Cities - April 2023 Center for Neuroengineering, “The role of sensory feedback and cognition on movement control”
- University of Minnesota – Twin Cities - April 2022 Design of Medical Devices conference, “Neurorehabilitation Robotics” session “Examining hemisphere-specific movement deficits to develop personalized neurorehabilitation strategies”
- Marquette University - April 2021 Neuromotor control laboratory “NeuroGroup” series “Pursuing an academic career in motor control and motor rehabilitation”
- Marquette University & Medical College of Wisconsin - February 2021 Department of Biomedical Engineering “Motor lateralization and its role in stroke rehabilitation”
- Michigan State University - October 2017 Department of Kinesiology “Non-invasive sensory techniques for solving motor learning problems in rehabilitation”
- Neurorehabilitation I (PT 6286)
- Research Problems in Physical Therapy (PT 8193)