Dr Monzurul Alam
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Monzurul Alam

Science
School of Psychology

Monzurul Alam is a researcher with solid knowledge in neuroscience, rehabilitation, and biomedical engineering. He specializes in spinal cord injury repair, neuroprosthetics, and sensorimotor control of movements. He received his Masters in Bioengineering from Miguel Hernandez University of Elche and Ph.D. from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also received Postdoctoral training in neuromodulation from Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton’s laboratory at the University of California – Los Angeles. Before joining the NeuroRecovery Research Hub at the University of New South Wales – Sydney, he was a Research Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He also worked as a Research Fellow at Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology, National University of Singapore where he conducted research on building neural bypasses for human and non-human primates.

Dr. Alam's research is grounded in fundamentals in the field of system neuroscience with applications to prosthetics and rehabilitation following injuries in the central and/or peripheral nervous system. His major research interest is on sensory and motor control of movements. Dr. Alam's key research aim is to understand the neural mechanisms underlying the function and recovery after injuries of the sensorimotor system. Electrophysiology, pharmacology and neurostimulation are the common techniques applied in his research. He also applies modern engineering techniques to utilize this neural system for prosthetic applications.

Phone
+61-4-2660 4383
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    You H; Zheng YP; Alam M, 2022, 'Treating spinal cord injury with implanted spinal cord stimulators', in Diagnosis and Treatment of Spinal Cord Injury, Elsevier, pp. 245 - 258, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-822498-4.00019-1
    Book Chapters | 2014
    Alam M; He J, 2014, 'Lower-limb neuroprostheses: Restoring walking after spinal cord injury', in Emerging Theory and Practice in Neuroprosthetics, pp. 153 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-6094-6.ch009
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Alam M; He J, 2013, 'Cortically controlled electrical stimulation for locomotion of the spinal cord injured', in Biosystems and Biorobotics, pp. 35 - 40, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-34546-3_6
    Book Chapters |
    Alam M; He J, 'Lower-Limb Neuroprostheses', in Advances in Bioinformatics and Biomedical Engineering, IGI Global, pp. 153 - 180, http://dx.doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-6094-6.ch009
  • Journal articles | 2022
    McGeady C; Alam M; Zheng YP; Vučković A, 2022, 'Effect of Cervical Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation on Sensorimotor Cortical Activity during Upper-Limb Movements in Healthy Individuals', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm11041043
    Journal articles | 2022
    McGeady C; Vučković A; Singh Tharu N; Zheng Y-P; Alam M, 2022, 'Brain-Computer Interface Priming for Cervical Transcutaneous Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy: An Exploratory Case Study.', Front Rehabil Sci, vol. 3, pp. 896766, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fresc.2022.896766
    Journal articles | 2022
    Palanisamy P; Alam M; Li S; Chow SKH; Zheng YP, 2022, 'Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound Stimulation for Bone Fractures Healing: A Review', Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, vol. 41, pp. 547 - 563, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jum.15738
    Journal articles | 2022
    Rahman MA; Tharu NS; Gustin SM; Zheng YP; Alam M, 2022, 'Trans-Spinal Electrical Stimulation Therapy for Functional Rehabilitation after Spinal Cord Injury: Review', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcm11061550
    Journal articles | 2022
    Tharu NS; Alam M; Bajracharya S; Chaudhary GP; Pandey J; Kabir MA, 2022, 'Caregivers' Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice towards Pressure Injuries in Spinal Cord Injury at Rehabilitation Center in Bangladesh', Advances in Orthopedics, vol. 2022, pp. 8642900, http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2022/8642900
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ahmed RU; Edgerton VR; Li S; Zheng YP; Alam M, 2021, 'Buspirone Dose-Response on Facilitating Forelimb Functional Recovery in Cervical Spinal Cord Injured Rats', Dose-Response, vol. 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1559325821998136
    Journal articles | 2021
    Jin B; Alam M; Tierno A; Zhong H; Roy RR; Gerasimenko Y; Lu DC; Edgerton VR, 2021, 'Serotonergic Facilitation of Forelimb Functional Recovery in Rats with Cervical Spinal Cord Injury', Neurotherapeutics, vol. 18, pp. 1226 - 1243, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13311-020-00974-8
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kang D; Hesam-Shariati N; McAuley JH; Alam M; Trost Z; Rae CD; Gustin SM, 2021, 'Disruption to normal excitatory and inhibitory function within the medial prefrontal cortex in people with chronic pain', European Journal of Pain (United Kingdom), vol. 25, pp. 2242 - 2256, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ejp.1838
    Journal articles | 2021
    McGeady C; Vučković A; Zheng YP; Alam M, 2021, 'EEG monitoring is feasible and reliable during simultaneous transcutaneous electrical spinal cord stimulation', Sensors, vol. 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s21196593
    Journal articles | 2021
    Nazari V; Pouladian M; Zheng YP; Alam M, 2021, 'A compact and lightweight rehabilitative exoskeleton to restore grasping functions for people with hand paralysis', Sensors, vol. 21, pp. 6900 - 6900, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s21206900
    Journal articles | 2021
    Ng KH; Nazari V; Alam M, 2021, 'Can Prosthetic Hands Mimic a Healthy Human Hand?', PROSTHESIS, vol. 3, pp. 11 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/prosthesis3010003
    Journal articles | 2020
    Alam M; Ling YT; Wong AYL; Zhong H; Edgerton VR; Zheng YP, 2020, 'Reversing 21 years of chronic paralysis via non-invasive spinal cord neuromodulation: a case study', Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, vol. 7, pp. 829 - 838, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/acn3.51051
    Journal articles | 2020
    Li S; Alam M; Ahmed RU; Zhong H; Wang X-Y; Ng S; Zheng Y-P, 2020, 'Ultrasound-driven piezoelectric current activates spinal cord neurocircuits and restores locomotion in rats with spinal cord injury.', Bioelectron Med, vol. 6, pp. 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s42234-020-00048-2
    Journal articles | 2020
    Ling YT; Alam M; Zheng YP, 2020, 'Spinal Cord Injury: Lessons about Neuroplasticity from Paired Associative Stimulation', Neuroscientist, vol. 26, pp. 266 - 277, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1073858419895461
    Journal articles | 2020
    Qian Q; Ling YT; Zhong H; Zheng YP; Alam M, 2020, 'Restoration of arm and hand functions via noninvasive cervical cord neuromodulation after traumatic brain injury: a case study', Brain Injury, vol. 34, pp. 1771 - 1780, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2020.1850864
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ahmed RU; Alam M; Zheng YP, 2019, 'Experimental spinal cord injury and behavioral tests in laboratory rats', Heliyon, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2019.e01324
    Journal articles | 2019
    Alam M; Li S; Ahmed RU; Yam YM; Thakur S; Wang XY; Tang D; Ng S; Zheng YP, 2019, 'Development of a battery-free ultrasonically powered functional electrical stimulator for movement restoration after paralyzing spinal cord injury', Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12984-019-0501-4
    Journal articles | 2018
    Alam M; Ahmed G; Ling YT; Zheng YP, 2018, 'Measurement of neurovascular coupling in human motor cortex using simultaneous transcranial Doppler and electroencephalography', Physiological Measurement, vol. 39, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1361-6579/aac812
    Journal articles | 2018
    Peh WYX; Raczkowska MN; Teh Y; Alam M; Thakor NV; Yen SC, 2018, 'Closed-loop stimulation of the pelvic nerve for optimal micturition', Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/aadee9
    Journal articles | 2018
    Vissarionov SV; Krutelev NA; Snischuk VP; Alam M; Kravchenko AP; Zheng YP; Khusainov NO, 2018, 'Diagnosis and treatment of diastematomyelia in children: a perspective cohort study', Spinal cord series and cases, vol. 4, pp. 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41394-018-0141-0
    Journal articles | 2017
    Alam M; Garcia-Alias G; Jin B; Keyes J; Zhong H; Roy RR; Gerasimenko Y; Lu DC; Edgerton VR, 2017, 'Electrical neuromodulation of the cervical spinal cord facilitates forelimb skilled function recovery in spinal cord injured rats', Experimental Neurology, vol. 291, pp. 141 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.expneurol.2017.02.006
    Journal articles | 2017
    Alam M; Zheng YP, 2017, 'Motor neuroprosthesis for injured spinal cord: Who is an ideal candidate?', Neural Regeneration Research, vol. 12, pp. 1809 - 1810, http://dx.doi.org/10.4103/1673-5374.219041
    Journal articles | 2016
    Alam M; Rodrigues W; Pham BN; Thakor NV, 2016, 'Brain-machine interface facilitated neurorehabilitation via spinal stimulation after spinal cord injury: Recent progress and future perspectives', Brain Research, vol. 1646, pp. 25 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.brainres.2016.05.039
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shah PK; Sureddi S; Alam M; Zhong H; Roy RR; Edgerton VR; Gerasimenko Y, 2016, 'Unique spatiotemporal neuromodulation of the lumbosacral circuitry shapes locomotor success after spinal cord injury', Journal of Neurotrauma, vol. 33, pp. 1709 - 1723, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/neu.2015.4256
    Journal articles | 2015
    Alam M; Garcia-Alias G; Shah PK; Gerasimenko Y; Zhong H; Roy RR; Edgerton VR, 2015, 'Erratum to Evaluation of optimal electrode configurations for epidural spinal cord stimulation in cervical spinal cord injured rats [J. Neurosci. Methods 247 (2015) 50-57]', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol. 254, pp. 102 - 103, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.05.017
    Journal articles | 2015
    Alam M; Garcia-Alias G; Shah PK; Gerasimenko Y; Zhong H; Roy RR; Edgerton VR, 2015, 'Evaluation of optimal electrode configurations for epidural spinal cord stimulation in cervical spinal cord injured rats', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol. 247, pp. 50 - 57, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.03.012
    Journal articles | 2015
    Guo Y; Liu C; Hu L; Wang X; Alam M; Wang H, 2015, 'An economic method to build a puffing instrument for drug application in vitro', Journal of Neuroscience Methods, vol. 256, pp. 122 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.08.032
    Journal articles | 2014
    Alam M; Chen X; Zhang Z; Li Y; He J, 2014, 'A brain-machine-muscle interface for restoring hindlimb locomotion after complete spinal transection in rats', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0103764
    Journal articles | 2014
    Li Y; Alam M; Guo S; Ting K; He J, 2014, 'Electronic bypass of spinal lesions: Activation of lower motor neurons directly driven by cortical neural signals', Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1743-0003-11-107
    Journal articles | 2013
    Alam M; Chen X; Fernandez E, 2013, 'A low-cost multichannel wireless neural stimulation system for freely roaming animals', Journal of Neural Engineering, vol. 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-2560/10/6/066010
  • Preprints | 2022
    Ahmed RU; Alam M; Li S; Palanisamy P; Zhong H; Zheng Y-P, 2022, A novel therapeutic approach of ultrasound stimulation to restore forelimb functions following cervical cord injury in rats, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2022.10.03.510697
    Preprints | 2022
    Alam M, 2022, An easy-to-build transcutaneous electrical stimulator for spinal cord stimulation therapy, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-2116817/v1
    Preprints | 2021
    Nazari V; Pouladian M; Zheng Y-P; Alam M, 2021, Compact Design of A Lightweight Rehabilitative Exoskeleton for Restoring Grasping Function in Patients with Hand Paralysis, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-870815/v1
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Onners J; Alam M; Cichy B; Wymbs N; Lukos J, 2021, 'U-EEG: A Deep Learning Autoencoder for the Detection of Ocular Artifact in EEG Signal', in 2021 IEEE Signal Processing in Medicine and Biology Symposium, SPMB 2021 - Proceedings, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/SPMB52430.2021.9672271
    Preprints | 2021
    Tharu N; Alam M; Bajracharya S; Kabir M, 2021, Knowledge, Attitude and Practice Among Caregivers Towards Pressure Ulcer in Spinal Cord Injury at Rehabilitation Center in Bangladesh, http://dx.doi.org/10.21203/rs.3.rs-225668/v1
    Preprints | 2019
    Peh WYX; Alam M; Ahmed RU; Lee S; Ong LJ; Lu S; Mogan R; Gammad GGL; Ng KA; Rusly A; Nag S; Zheng Y-P; Yen S-C, 2019, Neuromodulation of pelvic nerve during early phase of spinal cord injury in rats using implantable prototype devices - a preliminary study, http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/759449
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Raczkowska MN; Peh WYX; Teh Y; Alam M; Yen SC; Thakor NV, 2019, 'Closed-Loop Bladder Neuromodulation Therapy in Spinal Cord Injury Rat Model', in International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, NER, pp. 147 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/NER.2019.8717001
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Dian Sheng Wong M; Ng KA; Nag S; Jegadeesan R; Leong KW; Ong LJ; Rusly A; Alam M; Gammad GGL; Tsai CW; Liu SC; Voges K; Thakor NV; Lahiri A; Libedinsky C; Xu YP; Yen SC, 2018, 'A chronic implantable EMG recording system with wireless power and data transfer', in 2017 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2017 - Proceedings, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/BIOCAS.2017.8325079
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Peh WYX; Raczkowska MN; Teh Y; Alam M; Thakor NV; Yen SC, 2018, 'Adaptive closed-loop bladder neuromodulation', in 2017 IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference, BioCAS 2017 - Proceedings, pp. 1 - 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/BIOCAS.2017.8325202

Spinal Cord Injury Research Writing Prize, Spinal Research Institute, Australia

Global Innovation Award, TechConnect Business Virtual Summit and Showcase 2020, United States

Young Investigator Award, International Society on Biomedical Ultrasound, Hong Kong