Lab Members

Theoden Netoff

        Principal Investigator tay_and_baby.jpg     

        Education

  • B.S. Psychology - University of California - Berkley - 1994
  • PhD Neuroscience - George Washington University - 2001
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Boston University - 2001-2006


Research Interests

  • Calcium Dye Imaging of Epileptiform Activity
  • Phase Response Curves
  • Mechanisms of Anti-Epileptic Drugs

Bio Page

 

David Darrow

   Medical Research Residentdavid_darrow.jpg  

   Education

  • B.S. Physics and Pure Mathematics - Texas A&M University, College Station - 2008
  • MD-MPH Medicine, Master in Public Health - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston - 2013
  • Medical Residency - University of Minnesota - In Progress

Research Interests
Dr. Darrow is a neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota. He is interested in functional neurosurgery and is specifically focused on epilepsy, pain, movement disorders, and neuropsychiatric diseases. He seeks a novel approach towards these foci with neuroinformatics and validated, model-based methods. He is interested in both invasive and noninvasive neuromodulation and is completing a neuromodulation fellowship in transcranial focused ultrasound.

Selected Publications

 

Vivek Nagaraj

 vivek_nagaraj.jpg   PhD Student

    Education

  • B.S. Biology - University of Texas, Dallas - 2007
  • M.S. Applied Cognition and Neuroscience - University of Texas, Dallas - 2011
  • PhD Neuroscience - University of Minnesota - In Progress

Research Interersts

Current Projects:

  • Optimization of deep brain stimulation for seizure control using machine learning and control systems engineering methods in computational models and in vivo.
  • Testing novel bi-directional neural interfaces in an in vivo model of Epilepsy
  • Developing DYI neurophysiology and electrophysiology hardware for closed-loop experiments.

Previous projects:

  • Testing novel deep brain targets for seizure control in an in vivo model of epilepsy.
  • Developed a computational model to test the mechanism of gap-junction blockers in seizure suppression.

Honors and Awards

  • Epilepsy foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, 2015
  • NIH Pre-Doctoral Training Grant, 2012-2013
  • 3M Science and Technology Fellow, 2011-2015
  • Golden Key International Honour Society member, 2010-present
  • Cum Laude - B.S. Biology, 2007

Selected Publications

 

Pantea Moghimi

   PhD Studentpantea_moghimi_1.jpg

    Education

  • B.Sc. Electrical Engineering - University of Tehran - 2008
  • M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering - Chalmers University of Technology - 2011
  • PhD Biomedical Engineering - University of Minnesota - In Progress

Research Interests
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Honors and Awards

  • BME TA award, 2016
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Jenny Zick

jenny_zick.jpg   MD/PhD Student

   Education

  •    B.S. Neuroscience - University of Minnesota - 2009
  •    PhD Neuroscience - University of Minnesota - In Progress 

    Research Interests
    Schizophrenia

   Honors and Awards

  • American Legion Family Brain Science Award, 2016
  • Morris Smithberg Award, 2014

Selected Publications

 

Logan Grado

logan_grado.jpg   PhD Student

   Education

  • B.A. Physics and Chemistry - Luther College - 2014
  • PhD Biomedical Engineering - University of Minnesota - In Progress

   

Research Interests

I am interested in using machine learning and pattern recognition, and computational models to improve treatments for Parkinson�s disease, as well as other movement disorders. Deep brain stimulation is a popular treatment for PD, as well as other movement disorders, but there are many challenges associated with DBS, in particular, how to program the stimulator to 1) increase therapy, 2) decrease side effects, and 3) reduce power consumption (and therefor increase the life of the device). I am working to develop machine learning tools to optimize the DBS programming process, using a combination of computational models and non-human primate research. It is our hope that by developing novel machine learning tools to assist in programming the DBS devices, we can improve patient outcomes.

Honors and Awards

  • IGERT Neruoengineering Trainee, 2014-present

 

Ken Louie 

ken_louie.jpg   PhD Student

   Education

  • B.S. Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics - University of Utah - 2015
  • PhD Biomedical Engineering - University of Minnesota - In Progress

Research Interests

  • Machine learning applied to deep brain stimulation
  • Parkinson's disease

Honors and Awards
IGERT Neruoengineering Trainee, 2016-present