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Funded Research Projects

NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Sergey Stavisky
A top priority for people with paralysis is reach and grasp ability. Technologies such as robotic arm prostheses or electrically stimulating paralyzed muscles can meet this need. Existing methods rely on the remaining muscles, are unintuitive and require laborious sequences of simple commands....
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Brandon Jay Bhasin
In the language of engineering, the brain can be thought of as a feedback controller: given a goal, i.e., a desired state of the world, neural circuits in the brain generate motor output that alters the current state of the world, which is fed back into the system as sensory input, allowing the...
NeuroEngineering | EPFL-Stanford Exchange
Lead Researcher(s): Jacob Suchoski
Virtual environments with haptic (force and tactile) feedback provide a unique opportunity to study human perception and sensory mechanisms using controlled stimuli and behavioral measurements. Virtual reality (VR) allows us to change the properties of physical elements in a virtual world and...
NeuroEngineering | Seed Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Ron Dror, Michael Lin
A computational biophysicist and a protein engineer will team up to improve voltage-sensing fluorescent proteins, proteins that can report electrical activity by changing their production of light. The goal is to visualize the electrical activity in neurons in real time.
NeuroEngineering | Seed Grant
Lead Researcher(s): Amin Arbabian, Stephen A. Baccus
This proposal aims to develop a new modality of noninvasive neural stimulation, sonomagnetic stimulation, that can generate an electrical current focused in a small volume deep in neural tissue, a goal not possible with any existing method of neurostimulation.
NeuroEngineering | Research Accelerator
Our research focuses on the twin goals of investigating fundamental principles of human neuroscience and translating laboratory insights into clinically viable assistive devices for people with paralysis.
NeuroEngineering | Big Idea
Lead Researcher(s): Nicholas Melosh, E.J. Chichilnisky
Our goal is to develop the next generation of neural interfaces that match the resolution and performance of the biological circuitry. We will focus on two signature efforts to spearhead the necessary advances: high-density wire bundles for electrical recording and stimulation, and analog and...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Xulu Sun
A hallmark of the motor system is its ability to execute different skilled movements as the situation warrants, thanks to the flexibility of motor learning. Despite many behavioral studies on motor learning, the neural mechanisms of motor memory formation and modification remain unclear. Xulu Sun...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Peter Maurer
Synaptic junctions linking individual neurons constitute the fundamental building blocks of our brain. Understanding their inner working is crucial to unravel the mechanisms by which our brain processes information. However, imaging structures at a relevant sub-synaptic level is challenging and has...
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Georges Goetz
Understanding the brain requires understanding how the neurons that constitute it perform computations, and how those computations relate to human behavior. The primate visual system offers a unique opportunity to characterize how an important quantity, visual motion, is represented in sensory...