Our Team

Astrocytes | Center for Neuroregeneration | Houston Methodist

Dimitry Sayenko, MD, PhD
Principal Investigator

Dr. Dimitry Sayenko graduated in 1996 from the Russian State Medical University with an M.D. degree. From 1996 to 2006 he was a researcher at the Institute for Biomedical Problems – the leading Russian research institute specializing in biomedical aspects of manned spaceflights. Here, he worked with a team of collaborators from NASA, as well as European, Japanese, and Canadian space agencies. In October 2005, he earned a Ph.D. in Aerospace Medicine, with a thesis on the effect of microgravity on postural control in cosmonauts and astronauts. Dr. Sayenko completed his postdoctoral training at the National Rehabilitation Center in Japan (2006-2008), as well as at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada (2008-2012). From 2012 to 2014, Dr. Sayenko held a faculty appointment at the University of Louisville, and worked as a Research Assistant Professor in the Frazier Rehab Institute, where he investigated the mechanisms of neuromodulation induced by epidural spinal stimulation. From 2014 to 2018, Dr. Sayenko performed research at the University of California-Los Angeles, where he utilized spinal stimulation after spinal cord injury to recover sensorimotor function in the upper and lower limbs, as well as to regain postural control during sitting and standing. Dr. Sayenko’s current research focuses on the mechanisms and effects of spinal neuromodulation in the sensorimotor recovery after neurological disorders and injuries, including stroke and spinal cord injury. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, and cooking any kind of food and sharing it with their friends. He also enjoys gardening, hiking, and swimming.