Research Overview

Our lab focuses on brain machine interface (BMI) systems using 100 channel arrays implanted in motor and premotor cortex. The goal of this research is to eventually develop clinically viable systems to enable paralyzed individuals to control prosthetic limbs, as well as their own limbs using functional electrical stimulation and assistive exoskeletons. We also seek to expand the bandwidth of this neural interface using novel electrodes, circuits, and algorithms.


Recent Lab news:

Congratulations to UROP students Michael Kobylarek and Shaun Marshall, who both won best poster presentation ribbons at the Annual Undergraduate Research Spring Symposium, April 22, 2015. Karen Schroeder also won the Outstanding Research Mentor Award!

 Congratulations to Dr. Paras Patel on his successful thesis defense,”Carbon Fiber Microelectrode Arrays For Neuroprosthetic And Neuroscience Applications” (March 30, 2015). Paras will be staying on as a postdoc.

 Dr. Chestek served as Science Guest of Honor at ConFusion! Jan 16-18, 2015

Congrats to Nicole Bentley! She received the Society of Neurological Surgeons Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons (RUNN) Award for her project, Optogenetic alteration of proprioceptive inputs to motor cortex for the development of neuroprosthetic devices.