David S. K. Magnuson

Friends for Michael Endowed Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research

School of Medicine

David S. K. Magnuson, Ph.D.  joined the University of Louisville as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery in 1995 and has since been promoted to professor and Friends for Michael Chair in Spinal Cord Injury Research. He holds joint/adjunct appointments in the Department of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology and in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  As a team member of the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center (KSCIRC) , he runs the Laboratory of Locomotor Systems and Rehabilitation and directs both KSCIRC’s Electrophysiology and Behavioral Assessment Core and Surgery and Animal Care Core.

Magnuson has received funding from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust since his arrival at UofL. His research has been funded by both of KSCIRC’s COBRE grants and the NIH.

Prior to joining the UofL faculty, Magnuson was an assistant professor of physiology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. Magnuson earned his BSc at the University of Victoria, British Columbia and his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He completed postdoctoral work in Pharmacology at University College London (UK) and in Physiology at the University of Ottawa, Ontario.