Neural activity can be recorded, decoded, and modulated using electrophysiological, optical and chemical tools. Interfacing with the brain in this way yields a framework for understanding how neural patterns or states can be learned and manipulated.
The ability of neurons to change their connections or behavior is a fundamental principle that underlies healthy and pathological processes. Brain-machine interfaces can be used to investigate the role of neuroplasticity in new neurotherapeutics.
Advancements in neuroprosthetics and neurotechnologies allow us to develop novel treatments for a variety of neurological disorders, from motor disorders to depression.
The Santacruz Lab will open on October 15, 2018. If you are interested in joining the lab, please visit the Lab Members page for open positions.
Research in the lab focuses on the engineering advancement of neuroprosthetics and their therapeutic application to a growing range of neurological disorders. In order to advance future generations of neuroprosthetics, the lab will focus on neuroscientific questions related to understanding how neural patterns or states are learned, as well as how to manipulate these processes. This work will lay the foundation for the development in the lab of new neurotechnologies and paradigms for expanding the set of neurological disorders treated with brain-machine interfaces and neuroprosthetic devices.
Interested in the lab?
The lab is currently looking for post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduates.