Individual undergraduate bioengineering projects (research or independent study) under the supervision of an instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
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
Class assignments and grading
Online quizzes at the end of each section.
Grades are based on the quizzes partial grades and on participation.