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Funded Research Projects

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...
NeuroEngineering | SIGF - Graduate Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Thomas Letao Li
Electrodes implanted in the brain have great potential, with applications in neurodegenerative disease, brain-computer interfaces, and more. However, the presence of electrodes in brain tissue causes a response known as gliosis, in which a scar forms around the electrode, reducing its effectiveness...
NeuroEngineering | Big Idea
Lead Researcher(s): Kwabena Boahen, E.J. Chichilnisky
Developing technology to interface with the brain and create intelligent prosthetics.
NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Lei Cai
Spinal cord injury (SCI) causes permanent damage to about 12,000 new patients in the US each year, primarily young adults. A common result of SCI is paralysis, and unfortunately, less than 1% of SCI patients have full neurological recovery by the time of hospital discharge. To develop a...
NeuroEngineering | Big Idea
Lead Researcher(s): Nicholas Melosh
Creating an incubator for next-generation neural interface platforms.

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