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Albert Folch
BIOEN 499
Seattle Campus

Special Projects

Individual undergraduate bioengineering projects (research or independent study) under the supervision of an instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

This course introduces students to the broad field of neural engineering. The course is divided in three sections: 1) Technologies for monitoring neural activity in vivo (whole brain, from human to small animals) and in vitro (from slices to dissociated cells); discussion of challenges associated with device portability, accessibility of stimulation site, and stimulation scale; wireless EEG, fMRI, microfabricated electrode arrays (MEAs), patch clamp electrophysiological recordings, patch clamp chips, calcium imaging; 2) Technologies for stimulation of neurons in vivo (cortical microelectrodes) and in vitro (patch clamp, iontophoresis, uncaging, microfluidics); 3) Devices for replacement of neural function: implantable electrodes, brain-computer interfaces, cochlear implatns, artificial retina, artificial nose, computer simulations of neuronal networks.

Student learning goals

To learn about how engineering methods can be applied to monitor neural systems, to diagnose their pathologies, to restore neural function, and to further our understanding of neural system behavior.

To become familiarized with the breadth of neural engineering.

General method of instruction

Lectures by main instructor interspersed with some lectures by guest lecturers and lab visits to prominent neural engineering labs on the UW campus

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Online quizzes at the end of each section.

Grades are based on the quizzes partial grades and on participation.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Albert Folch
Date: 09/24/2007