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Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology

Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology


Research in Therapeautic and Reparative Neurotechnology focuses on biologically inspired technologies to interface with the nervous system to repair and promote recovery of lost function after trauma or disease. Research in this area includes behavioral studies, electrophysiology techniques, computational neuroscience, and machine learning methods to determine the mechanism of disease, to create new research paradigms and develop new treatments.

Research also spans both pre-clinical (i.e., animal) and clinical (i.e., human) neural engineering and neuropathophysiology, and includes investigations of motor and sensory function before, during, and after neuroprosthetic, pharmacological, and physical therapy-based interventions.

Current efforts focus on leveraging the differential effects of brainstem neuromodulatory centers on spinal motor and sensory circuits to gain insights into the mechanisms underlying neurological impairments. Topics of particular interest within this area include:

  • Pathologies: stroke, spinal cord injury, whiplash associated disorders, and chronic pain.
  • Physiology: neuromodulation (chemical and electrical), cortical and spinal reorganization, function and integrity of motor and sensory pathways post-injury, and activity-dependent neural plasticity.
  • Techniques: robotics/quantification of motor deficits, biophysical signal processing, recurrent neural-computer interfaces, neuropharmacology, physical therapy, electrical stimulation of the central nervous system, magnetic resonance imaging.
Dr. Zachary Danziger, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

Zachary Danziger, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Download Curriculum VitaeResearch Interests:Neural Engineering, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neurourology
Research Advancements:  Zachary Danziger is making strides in understanding bladder control in aging and spinal cord injury.
Research Area: Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology
Lab: Applied Neural Interfaces Laboratory
Raj Pulugurtha, Ph.D.

Raj Pulugurtha, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Certified Hybrid Instructor

Download Curriculum VitaeResearch Advancements: Raj Markondeya develops packaging of bioelectronics implants for health monitoring and curing neurological disorders
Research Area: Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology
Lab: Bioelectronic and Electronic Packaging Lab
Dr. Jorge Riera, Associate Professor | Interim Chair of Biomedical Engineering

Jorge Riera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Interim Chair of Biomedical Engineering

Download Curriculum VitaeResearch Interests: Biophysical Foundations of Neuroimaging in Normal Aging and Brain Disorders
Research Advancements: Jorge Rivera is making strides in treating multiple brain disorders.
Research Area: Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology
Lab: Neuronal Mass Dynamics Laboratory
Dr. James Schummers, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

James Schummers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Certified Hybrid Instructor