PI: Hugh Herr

PhD Student

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering & Instrumentation, Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Christopher Shallal is a Ph.D. student in Health Sciences and Technology at MIT. His research focuses on biomechanics, prostheses and improving the human-machine interface. He is also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan 2021-2022 Scholar. Christopher received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. A double amputee himself, Christopher aims to advance academic diversity in the future by providing more educational opportunities for physically disabled students, especially in higher education by engaging them in research that involves rehabilitative robotics, prostheses, and other medical devices.


  • Shallal C., Li L., Nguyen H., Aronshtein F., Lee SH., Zhu J., Thakor N., “An Adaptive Socket Uses Smart Polymers to Reduce Pressure Loading for Upper Limb Prosthesis,” (in press) IEEE International Conference of Rehabilitative Robotics 2019.
  • Nguyen H., Shallal C., Thakor N., “Designing an Adaptive Prosthetic Socket Controller Using H∞ Loop Shaping Synthesis” (in press) IEEE International Conference of Rehabilitative Robotics 2019.
  • Shu T., Huang SS., Shallal C., Herr H., “The agonist-antagonist myoneural interface restores subtalar bilateral coordination in persons with transtibial amputation” (in press) Journal of Neuroengineering & Rehabilitation.
  • Nguyen H., Osborn L., Iskarous M., Shallal C., Hunt C., Betthauser J., Thakor N., “Dynamic Texture Decoding Using a Neuromorphic Multilayer Tactile Sensor,” (in press) IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference 2018.
  • Fu J., Nguyen H., Kim D.W., Shallal C., Cho S.M., Osborn L., Thakor N., “Dynamically Mapping Socket Loading Conditions During Real Time Operation of an Upper Limb Prosthesis,” (in press) IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference 2018.
  • Balamurugan D., Nakagawa-Silva A., Nguyen H, Huat Low J., Shallal C., Osborn L., Soares A., Hua Yeow RC., Thakor N. “Texture discrimination using a soft biomimetic finger for prosthetic applications.” (in press) IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics 2019.
  • Xun H., Clarke S., Baker N., Wong A., Shallal C., Lee E., el Eter L., Blumenfeld R., Tao R., Yesantharao P., Brandachar G., Kang SG., Sacks JM., “Method, material and machine: A review of the basic 3Ms for the medical professional utilizing 3D printing for accelerated device production,” (in press) Journal of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Leto Barone A., Arun., Anirudh., Samaha G., Shallal C., Redett R., Steinberg J., “Design of A Novel, Single-Stage, Cartilage-Sparing Autologous Technique for Microtia Repair,” (in press) Journal of Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine.


  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship