Research

Neuro-engineering

Neuro-engineers stand on the cutting edge of the interface of living neural tissue and non-living constructs, creating technology to measure, repair, or replicate the brain’s function. Using engineering techniques, students can focus on understanding and coding neural processes for distributing information in the brain and body.

The study of the brain at all scales of analysis, from molecular to populations of neurons to whole organism behavior, is the focus of the neuro-engineer. Advances in the field will create new physical replacement parts for damaged nervous systems, new devices to read brain function, and smart machines to accomplish tasks now performed by human experts. The creation of micro-scale devices that couple the nervous systems to physical systems, such as devices to detect impending seizures, can lead to new cognitive development as well as computations that underlie memory systems. Neuro-engineering is the place where technology meets the brain.