Michelle Legasto, PhD (c)

Michelle Legasto HeadshotEducation

PhD in Rehabilitation Science (Candidate), 2019 –

University of Toronto

Thesis: Development of a Practice Toolkit to optimize Cardiovascular Fitness Testing and Prescription in individuals post-Stroke.

MSc in Physical Therapy, 2014

University of Toronto

Honours BSc Specialist in Neuroscience, Minor in Physiology and Minor in Psychology, 2012

University of Toronto

Fun Fact

Michelle has lived in 5 different countries and loves learning about different cultures and languages.


Currie S, Greenwood K, Weber L, Khakee H, Legasto M, Wu K, Tsang A, Szego E, Tullis E. Mathur S. “Control the Rise with Exercises: The Relationship between Physical Activity and Blood Glucose Control in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis – Related Diabetes”. Department of Physical Therapy MScPT Research Day, University of Toronto, July 2014.

Legasto M. “Assessment of Remyelination after Stem Cell Transplantation”. Canadian Institutes for Health Research Training Program in Regenerative Medicine Summer Studentship Final Project Presentation, August 2011.

Legasto, M. “Axonal Remyelination and Ion Channel Reorganization after Stem Cell Transplantation in the Corpus Callosum of Shiverer mice”. Institute of Medical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Program Research Day, University of Toronto, August 2011.


Currie S, Greenwood K, Weber L, Khakee H, Legasto M, Tullis E, Wu K, Tsang A, Szego E, Mathur S. Physical Activity Levels in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis – Related Diabetes. Physiotherapy Canada, 2017; 69(2): 171- 177. doi: 10.3138/ptc.2015-92EP

Figley SA, Khorsavi R, Legasto JM, Tseng YF, Fehlings MG. Characterization of Vascular Disruption and Blood- Spinal Cord Barrier Permeability following Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 2014; 31(6): 541-552. doi: 10.1089/neu.2013.3034

Ruff CA, Ye H, Legasto JM, Stribbell NA, Wang J, Zhang L, Fehlings MG. Effects of Adult Neural Precursor- Derive Myelination on Axonal Function in the Perinatal Congenitally Dysmyelinated Brain: Optimizing Time of Intervention, Developing Accurate Prediction Models, and Enhancing Performance. Journal of Neuroscience, 2013; 33(29): 11899-11915. doi: https//doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1131-13.2013

Future Plans

Michelle hopes to become a clinician scientist and knowledge broker at a rehabilitation hospital, using the integrated knowledge translation approach to lead research that is meaningful to patients affected by stroke and to the clinicians that guide them through their recovery.