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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 | 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...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Tanya Glozman
Understanding the relationship between structure and function in the human brain is a key interest in neuroscience. In recent years the focus is turning to understanding the role of the white matter in human cognition, brain function and neurological disorders.
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Sean Michael Sketch
Stroke is the main cause of adult disability; 80% of survivors sustain motor (movement) deficits that interfere with activities of daily living. There exists no proven therapeutic strategy for motor recovery of the upper extremity following stroke. While this limitation could be a fundamental...