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Neurodevices and Neurotechnologies

The neurodevices and neurotechnologies research realm involves the development of materials to interface with or reconstruct the brain and the peripheral nervous system; the development of devices, techniques and systems to interface with, measure, and alter brain function; and the design and fabrication of devices that mimic neural function.

Research examples:

  • Development of biodegradable/bioabsorbable materials for interface coatings, nerve graft conduits, and craniofacial reconstruction (Jian Yang)
  • Bioprinting of neural constructs and for cranial and/or tissue reconstruction (Ibrahim Ozbolat)
  • Fabrication of wireless devices for neural interfaces (Mehdi Kiani)
  • Assistive technologies, communication interfaces (e.g. brain computer interfaces), and telehealth/telemonitoring for those with a motor movement disability, especially those with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Andrew Geronimo)
  • Ultralow power neuro-mimetic devices built from 2D materials (Saptarshi Das)
  • Ultra-thin wearable devices for biomonitoring (Huanyu “Larry” Cheng)
  • Ethical use of and access to neurotechnologies (Laura Cabrera)
  • Technology development for single-cell genomics, cell type-specific gene targeting, and identification of brain cell types from single-cell transcriptomic data (Anirban Paul)
  • Development of ultrasonic techniques for probing brain state and brain dynamics, including photoacoustic, ultrasonic elastography-based, and Doppler-based — or functional ultrasound — imaging (Sri-Rajasekhar Kothapalli)
  • Development of multi-modal neuroimaging methods that integrate functional MRI, electrophysiology, optogenetics and chemogenetics (Nanyin Zhang)
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The Penn State Center for Neural Engineering is a large, interdisciplinary research group that brings together neural engineering-focused researchers from the Penn State College of Engineering, the College of Medicine, the Materials Research Institute, and the Eberly College of Science. Chartered in June 2007, the center occupies 22,000 square feet of space in the Millennium Science Complex.

Center for Neural Engineering

Millennium Science Complex

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University Park, PA 16802