Madeline Hays

bioengineering, bi-directional neural interface, artificial retina, visual neuroscience

Maddy graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and minors in Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics. She is currently pursuing her Bioengineering PhD at Stanford University with a neuroscience focus. Her research interests revolve around the use of technology to answer questions regarding retinal ganglion cell-type contributions in visual perception and acuity. As part of the collaborative Artificial Retina (AR) Project, Maddy aims to develop the computational pipeline that will allow the AR neural interface to identify single cells by cell-type, record electrical activity with single-spike resolution, and selectively stimulate these cells to manipulate cellular population dynamics in awake behaving monkeys. Some of her previous work includes dielectric modeling of complex tissues for implantable RF systems and the study of microRNAs as potential therapeutics for osteoarthritis. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and video games.