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Funded Research Projects

NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Yi Liu
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become an important method for directly modulating neuronal activities through electric currents. Compared with drugs, DBS is much less likely to cause brain-wide or systemic side effects. Although the use of DBS to treat several motor symptoms has been approved by...
NeuroEngineering | Big Idea
Lead Researcher(s): Alice Ting, Liqun Luo, Stephen Quake
Creating new tools to help neuroscientists bridge the study of genes and proteins operating in the brain to the study of brain circuits and systems, which could lead to a deeper understanding of brain function and disease.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kevin Feigelis
In the course of everyday functioning, animals (including humans) are constantly faced with real-world environments in which they are required to shift unpredictably between multiple, sometimes unfamiliar, tasks. But how brains support this rapid adaptation of decision making schema, and how they...
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.

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