Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Wallace H. Coulter Eminent Scholars Chair in Biomedical Engineering
Research Advancements: Ranu Jung is developing neural technologies for functional restoration in individuals with limb loss or spinal cord injury.
Research Area: Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology
Lab: Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory
“Development of biologically inspired technologies to interface with the nervous system to repair and promote recovery of lost function after trauma or disease.”
Ranu Jung holds the Wallace H Coulter Eminent Scholar endowed Chair in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University where she is Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering since 2011. She served as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing from 2015 to 2017. Previously she was a member of the faculty at Arizona State University and University of Kentucky. Jung is at the cutting edge between engineering and neuroscience, developing devices that lead to scientific advances with clear pathways to clinical application. Of special interest to her are biohybrid systems that merge biologically inspired technologies with humans for recovery and restoration of lost function. A champion for innovation and entrepreneurship her team developed the first wireless, implantable, neural-interface system for restoring sensations to amputees and received FDA approval to conduct a first-in-human trial. Jung was named a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in 2020. Her other honors include the FIU 2016 Outstanding Faculty Torch Award, 2012 Top Scholar award, 2011 New Florida Scholar’s Boost Award, 2002 Kentucky Science and Engineering Award, Whitaker Foundation Young Investigator Award, NIH National Research Service Award, AHA NE Ohio Research Fellow and appointment as commissioner, Arizona Biomedical Research Commission. Holder of 8 U.S. patents, 4 pending, founder of one R&D Company, past-President of the “Organization for Computational Neurosciences, Inc”, her publications include an edited book – Biohybrid-systems:Nerves, Interfaces and Machines, and over 130 research articles and book chapters. She serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience, Associate Editor of Annals of Biomedical Engineering, and on the Editorial board of Bioelectronics in Medicine. Jung is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, Senior Member of IEEE and Society of Women Engineers, and elected to the International Women’s Forum. She received her Doctoral degree and Masters in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, USA and her Bachelors with Distinction in Electronics & Communication Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Warangal, India.
US 9,872,989 B2, January 23, 2018. Ranu Jung. “System and Method for Neuromorphic Controlled Adaptive Pacing of Respiratory Muscles and Nerves”. Priority April 2, 2015.
US 9,717,440 B2, August 1, 2017. Mohamed Abdelghani, Ranu Jung, James J. Abbas, Kenneth Horch. “System and Methods for Decoding Intended Motor Commands from Recorded Neural Signals for the Control of External devices or to Interact in Virtual Environments”, Priority May 3, 2013.
US 9,662,025 B2, May 30, 2017. Adeline Zbrzeski, Ranu Jung. “Low Noise Analog Electronic Circuit Design for Recording Peripheral Nerve Activity”, Priority May 3, 2013.
US 9,563,740 B2, February 7, 2017. Mohamed Abdelghani, Ranu Jung, James J Abbas, Kenneth Horch. “Neural Interface Activity Simulator”, Priority Oct 16, 2012.
US 9,427,565 B2, August 30, 2016. Sathyakumar S Kuntaegowdanahalli, James J. Abbas, Ranu Jung, Kenneth Horch. “Modular Multi-channel Inline Connector System”, Priority Nov 7, 2012.
US 9,409,009 B2, August 9, 2016. “Multi-lead Multi-electrode Management System.” Anil K. Thota, Ranu Jung, Sathyakumar S Kuntaegowdanahalli, Priority, Nov 7, 2012.
US 9,026,224 B2, May 5, 2015. “Communication Interface for Sensory Stimulation”, Ranu Jung, Kenneth Horch, James J. Abbas, Stephen Phillips, Bertan Bakkaloglu, Seung-Jae Kim. Priority April 21, 2009
US 8,790,282 B2, July 29, 2014. “Neuromorphic Controlled Powered Orthotic and Prosthetic System”, Ranu Jung, Shah Vikram Jung, Brundavani Srimattirumalaparle. Priority November 10, 2008.
Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience. First Edition. Jaeger D, Jung R, editors. 2015 USA: Springer.
Biohybrid Systems: Nerves, Interfaces, and Machines, First Edition. Edited by Ranu Jung. 2011 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
Pena AE, L Rincon Gonzalez, JJ Abbas, R Jung. Effect of vibrotactile feedback and grasp interface compliance on grasp force and hand opening control of a sensorized myoelectric hand. 2019 PLoS ONE 14(1):e0210956. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210956
Jung R*, JJ Abbas*, S Kuntaegowdanahalli, A Thota. Bionic intrafascicular interfaces for recording and stimulating peripheral nerve fibers. Bioelectronics in Medicine. 1(1), 55–69, 2018. * Equal contribution. https://doi.org/10.2217/bem-2017-0009
Pena AE, SS Kuntaegowdanahalli, JJ Abbas, J Leavens, J Patrick, KW Horch, R Jung. Mechanical fatigue resistance of an implantable branched lead system for a distributed set of intrafascicular electrode lead system. Journal of Neural Engineering, 14(6):066014 (15pp), 2017. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/aa814d PMID: 29131813; PMCID: PMC5736390
Frontera WR, JF Bean, D Damiano, L Ehrlich-Jones, M Fried-Oken, A Jette, R Jung, R Lieber, JF Malec, MJ Mueller, KJ Ottenbacher, KE Tansley, A Thompson. Rehabilitation research at the National Institutes of Health: Moving the field forward. Arch. Phys. Med.. Rehabil. 98(4):795-803, 2017. Doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2017.02.001 PMID: 28343477.
Zbrzeski A, Y Bronat, B Hillen, R Siu, J Abbas, R Jung, S Renaud. Bio-inspired controller on an FPGA applied to closed-loop diaphragmatic stimulation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, section Neuroprosthetics. Vol. 10, Issue 275. Published online. 16 June 2016. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2016.00275 (doi: 10.3389/fninf.2016.00275) PMID: 27378844
Hillen BK, DL Jindrich, JJ Abbas, G Yamaguchi and R Jung. Effects of spinal cord injury induced changes in muscle activation on foot drag in a computational rat ankle model. Journal of Neurophysiology, 113 (7):2666-2675, 2015. (doi: 10.1152/jn.00507.2014)
Thota AK, S Kuntaegowdanahalli, AK Starosciak, JJ Abbas, J Orbay, KW Horch, R Jung. A system and method to interface with multiple groups of axons in several fascicles of peripheral nerves. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 244:78-84, 2015. (doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.07.020.)
Abdelghani MN, JJ Abbas, KW Horch, R Jung. A functional model and simulation of spinal motor pools and peripheral nerve recordings of motoneuron activity. Frontiers in Neuroscience, Vol. 8, Article 371, 1-14, 14 November 2014. (doi: 10.3389/fnins.2014.00371.) PMID: 25452711; PMCID: PMC4231878
Hillen BK, JJAbbas, R Jung. Accelerating locomotor recovery after incomplete spinal cord injury. Annals NY Acad Sci, 1279:164-174, 2013.
Fairchild M, SJ Kim, A Iarkov, JJ Abbas, R Jung. Repetitive hindlimb movement using intermittent adaptive neuromuscular electrical stimulation in an incomplete spinal injury rodent model. Experimental Neurology, 223:623-633, 2010.
Jung R, A Belanger, T Kanchiku, M Fairchild, and JJ Abbas. Neuromuscular stimulation therapy after incomplete spinal cord injury promotes interlimb coordination during locomotion. Journal of Neural Engineering, 2009, 055010 (14pp) (doi:10.1088/1741-2560/6/5/055010)
+Lynskey JV, +A Bellanger and R Jung. Activity dependent plasticity in spinal cord injury. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 45(2): 229-240, 2008. (Invited review; +These authors contributed equally)
Thota A, S Carlson-Watson, E.J. Knapp, BT Thompson, and R Jung. Neuromechanical control of locomotion in the rat. Journal of Neurotrauma, 22(4): 442-465, 2005.
Jung R, EJ Brauer, and JJ Abbas. Real-time interaction between a neuromorphic electronic circuit and the spinal cord. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 9(3):319-326, 2001.
Jung R, T Kiemel, and AH Cohen. Dynamic behavior of a neural network model of locomotor control in the lamprey. Journal of Neurophysiology, 75(3):1074-1086, 1996.