The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School
Department of Neurosurgery
My laboratory is the Translational Biomimetic Bioelectronics Lab (TBBL) which develops next generation neuroscience and neurosurgery tools including brain-computer interface systems. TBBL combines neuroscience and engineering training to build novel, next-generation devices for science and medicine. Our neuroscience methods include electrophysiology studies, biophysics modeling, and applying machine learning models to decoding of neural activity. Our engineering tools include nanofabrication, novel electrode materials, and advanced designs to minimize risk to the patient while maximizing the efficacy of the device.
TBBL is a great place for those interested in bridging neurology and engineering for the treatment of devastating diseases like refractory epilepsy and long-term aphasia. A major project in our lab is focused on developing a long-term brain-machine interface for the treatment of aphasia or locked-in syndrome. We work closely with Dr. Nitin Tandon and the Texas Institute of Restorative Neurotechnology (TIRN) to design systems for human use. Another major project is a novel detection approach that improves the resolution of epileptogenic foci detection.
Keywords: neuroscience, neurology, brain-computer interface, epilepsy, aphasia, neurotechnology
Education & Training
PhD, University of Michigan, 2019