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Name Stephen W.P. Kemp, PhD
Title Assistant Professor
Phone 734-764-8750

Laboratory Neuromuscular Lab
Lab Location 1150 W Medical Center Drive, Medical Sciences Research Building 2
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Lab Category Clinical Outcomes Research
Fat Grafting & Stem Cell Research
Other: Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Regeneration
General Lab Setup Dr. Kemp is the Director of the Neuromuscular Lab. Other members include Drs. Paul Cederna, Theodore Kung, and David Brown.
Lab Facilities 9000 sq. feet, animal housing, microsurgical suite, nerve electro-physiology, muscle mechanical properties measurement (single fibers, in vitro whole muscle, in situ whole muscle, motor units, in vivo muscle groups), facilities for confocal, EM and histology, computerized histomorphometry, cell and tissue culture, molecular biology, hernia development and wound healing.
Animal Facility Yes (Small animal on site, large animal off)
Type of Research The core research program of the lab revolves around the Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface (RPNI). We use this construct for: (1) prosthetic control, and; (2) neuroma pain control and prevention. Another core program of the lab involves utilizing fat to enhance nerve regeneration. We are also interested in depression following chronic pain related to nerve injury.
1. Investigator's Name Stephen Kemp, Ph.D., Paul Cederna, M.D., Theodore Kung, M.D., David Brown, M.D.
Project Title By arrangement
Brief Description Training in basic and applied research in the areas of muscle and nerve biology, tissue engineering, and gerontology

Grants Current Grants 1. Taubman Research Scholars Program, University of Michigan, $200,000, 01/01/17. 2. “Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces for the Treatment of Painful Neuromas in Major Limb Amputees”, Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Orthopaedic Research Program for the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). $1,980,203, 07/01/17-07/01/2021. 3. “Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces Using Composite Free Muscle and Dermal Constructs”, National Institute of Health (NIH), R21. $427,750, 10/01/2017-10/01/2019. 4. “Highly Compliant Microneedle Arrays for Peripheral Nerve Mapping”, National Institute of Health (NIH), SPARC. $2,000,000, 10/01/2017-10/01/21. 5. “Providing Intuitive Prosthetic Movement and Sensation”, Department of Defense, Department of Navy, $100,000, 01/01/2018-12/31/2018. 6. “Multichannel Carbon Fiber Electrodes to Enhance Nerve Regeneration”, American Society for Peripheral Nerve-The Plastic Surgery Foundation Joint Pilot Research Grant. $10,000, 07/01/18-07/01/19. 7. “Viability and Signaling of the Muscle Cuff Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interface”, American Society for Peripheral Nerve-The Plastic Surgery Foundation Joint Pilot Research Grant. $10,000, 07/01/18-07/01/19. 8. “High-Fidelity, Multichannel Carbon Fiber Electrodes to Enhance Nerve Regeneration”, American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand, $20,000, 09/01/18-09/01/19. 9. “Regenerative Peripheral Nerve Interfaces for Restoring Individual Finger Movement in People with Upper Limb Amputees. National Institute of Health (NIH), RO1, $2,116,227, 7/15/2018-7/15/2023.
Opportunity for Student Degree Program MS, PhD  
Research Fellowship Available Yes
Funding Available NIH training grant, Department of Defense, various others
Educational or Prior Experience Requirements Trainees in our laboratory represent a diverse array of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows. We have both basic science and clinically trained individuals.  
Additional Details Applicants interested in joining the Neuromuscular Lab at the University of Michigan should send direct correspondence to Dr. Stephen Kemp,