New optoelectronic probe enables communication with neural microcircuits

Stimulate and record:

The burgeoning field of optogenetics makes it possible for scientists to control brain activity using pulses of light. Now, Brown University researchers have developed an optoelectronic device which opens the possibility of bidirectional communication with the brain — stimulating neural microcircuits while while monitoring changes in neural activity.

(Distributed October 30, 2015)

Team describes rapid, sensitive test for HIV mutations

RNA reconnaissance:

Brown University researchers have developed a method for detecting single nucleotide mutations directly in the RNA of HIV, including mutations that make it resistant to some drugs. In lab tests, the single-step system performed more quickly and with better sensitivity than standard technologies.

(Distributed October 30, 2015)

Mehrdad Kiani ’15 Awarded a Whitaker International Fellowship

Mehrdad Kiani ’15 has been awarded a Whitaker International Fellowship to pursue research in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London, United Kingdom. The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical engineering or bioengineering overseas to undertake a self-designed project that will enhance their careers within the field. The goal of the program is to assist the development of professional leaders who are not only superb scientists, but who also will advance the profession through an international outlook. 

(Distributed July 13, 2015)

New BME Faculty - Jonghwan Lee

Jonghwan Lee is Assistant Professor of Engineering at Brown University and a member faculty of the Brown Institute for Brain Science. He received BS in Physics and PhD in Neural Engineering from Seoul National University, South Korea, and worked as Research Fellow and Instructor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His research areas include Neuroengineering and Biomedical Optics.

(Distributed June 16, 2015)
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