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Anita Singh, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Widener University, School of Engineering

Phone: 313.595.5660
Website: Neuro and Ortho Biomechanics Lab


Dr. Anita Singh'sprimary research interests are focused on developing a new model of traumatic axonal injury that offers the possibilities of improving the understanding of white matter tract damage in the brain during a traumatic event. Currently, she is involved in developing a new combinational treatment strategy using bio-scaffolds and a robotic training paradigm in spinally contused and transected rats. This translational research, involving bioengineering techniques, holds great promise for patients with spinal cord injuries.


  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, 2006
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University 2004
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Lukhdhirji Engineering College, India, 2001

Research Interests

The nucleus of my academic research is in discovering injury thresholds, mechanisms, and treatment strategies for the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord.


1. SinghA,ShadiM,DelivoriaM.,BalasubramanianS.“Biomechanical Properties of Neonatal Brachial Plexus. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering”. 2017 (Under review)
2. Singh A. A New Approach to Teaching Biomechanics Through Active, Adaptive, and Experiential Learning. ASME.J Biomech Eng. 2017; 139(7):071001-071001-7. doi:10.1115/1.4036604
3. SinghA.“ExtentofImpairedAxoplasmicTransportandNeurofilament Compaction in Traumatically Injured Axon at Various Strains and Strain Rates, Brain Injury”. 2017.
4. BalasubramanianS,PetersJR,RobinsonLF,SinghA,KentRW.(2016) “Thoracic spine morphology of a pseudo-biped animal model (kangaroo) and comparisons with human and quadruped animals”. Eur Spine J.
5. SinghA,TownsendS(2016)“TheEffectsofTestingSurfaceWhile Studying SCI Induced Mechanical Allodynia in Contusion Animal Model”. JSM Neurosurg Spine 4(1): 1064
6. SinghA,KrisaL,FrederickK,Sandrow-Feinberg,StackhouseS,MurrayM, Shumsky S (2014). “Forelimb Locomotor Rating Scale for Behavioral Assessment of Recovery after Unilateral Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in Rats.” J. Neuro Methods. 226:124-31
7. JinY,NeuhuberB,SinghA,BouyerJ,BonnerJ,HimesBT,Campanelli
JT, Fischer I (2011). "Transplantation of human glial restricted progenitors and astrocytes into spinal cord contusion." J. Neurotrauma. 28(4):579-94
8. Singh,A,Balasubramanian,S,Murray,M,Lemay,M,Houle,JD.(2011)“Roleof Spared Pathways in Locomotor Recovery after Body Weight Supported Treadmill Training in Contused Rats”. Journal of Neurotrauma, 28:1-12
9. Singh,A,Murray,M,Houle,JD.(2010)“ATrainingParadigmtoEnhanceMotor Recovery in Contused Rats: Effects of Staircase Training”. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 25(1):24-34
10. Singh A, Balasubramanian S. (2009) “Recent Patents on Body Weight Support Training Devices for Spinal Cord Injury”. Recent Patents on Biomedical Engineering, Available online
11. Singh A, Kallakuri S, Chen CY, Cavanaugh JM. (2009) “Structural and Functional Changes in Nerve Roots Due to Various Strains and Strain Rates”. Journal of Neurotrauma, 26: 1-14
12. Kallakuri S, Singh A, Lu Y, Chen C, Patwardhan A, Cavanaugh JM. (2008) “Tensile stretching of cervical facet joint capsule and related axonal changes”. European Spine Journal, 17:4, 556-563
13. Singh A, Lu Y, Chen CY, Kallakuri S, Cavanaugh JM. (2006) “A New Model of Traumatic Axonal Injury to Determine the Effects of Strain and Displacement Rates”. Stapp Car Crash Journal, 50: 601-623. SAE Paper # 2006-22-0023
14. Singh A, Lu Y, Chen C, Cavanaugh JM. (2005) “Mechanical Properties of Spinal Nerve Roots Subjected to Tension at Different Strain Rates”. Journal of Biomechanics, 39, 1669-1676
15. Kallakuri S, Singh A, Chen CY, Cavanaugh JM. (2004) “Demonstration of Substance P, Calcitonin Gene Related Peptide and Protein Gene Product 9.5 Containing Nerve Fibers in Human Cervical Facet Joint Capsules”. Spine, 29:11, 1182-1186