Posts classified under: TNT Scholars

Jonathan Brand

Jonathan’s research is focused on peripheral nerve stimulation—specifically vagus nerve stimulation.  Studying the mechanisms and modulation techniques of peripheral nerves is a logical precursor to studying the brain, since signals in nerves are much more predictable and easy to study.  Jonathan is developing novel stimulation techniques to improve state-of-the-art vagus nerve stimulation, with the intention of translating those techniques to brain stimulation as our knowledge grows.

Mentor: Wentai Liu, Ph.D.

Ruyi Huang

My research goal is to establish novel neuro-rehabilitation devices and therapies that are affordable and accessible by any patient. To achieve that goal, I am interested in the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the therapeutic effect of neuromodulations in patients with spinal cord injury. To be more specific, I am utilizing a comprehensive set of biological (opto-/ chemogenetics, electrophysiology and single nucleus RNA sequencing), engineering (signal processing and electrode fabrication), and computational (machine learning) tools to investigate the short-term and long-term changes of spinal circuit induced by the electrical epidural stimulation.

Mentor: Daniel Lu, M.D., Ph.D

Tony Ye

My research combines animal models with electrophysiology and chemogenetics to investigate the neural signatures of Parkinson’s disease and Levodopa-induced dyskinesia. Specifically, I am interested in identifying causal patterns of electrical activity in the frontocoritcal regions that are associated with the cognitive impairments of Parkinson’s disease, with the ultimate goal of using these neural signatures as novel therapeutic targets.

Mentor: Alicia Izquierdo, Ph.D.

Jihye Rye

Jihye’s research interest broadly centers on agency – specifically, on how an individual obtains a sense of control over one’s body, and thus establish a sense of self. She approaches this question from an embodied perspective, where different layers of the nervous systems interact with one another in a complex manner to produce behaviors at will.

Mentor: Ausaf Bari, M.D., Ph.D., and Nanthia Suthana, Ph.D.