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Nanodevices for Probing Neural Circuits

  • COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 530 West 120th Street New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

Jacob T Robinson
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Baylor College of Medicine

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Place: 414 CEPSR
Host: Michal Lipson



Technological advances in nanoscale materials and devices is allowing us to manipulate and measure brain activity with unprecedented precision. These new neurotechnologies thus open the door to a deeper understanding of the brain and improved methods to treat brain
disorders. In this talk, I will discuss how nanotechnologies for probing the brain of small
invertebrates (C. elegans and Hydra) may inform the development of high-bandwidth human
brain interfaces. I will then discuss how we might realize these high-bandwidth interfaces with
flat implantable microscopes and magnetically activated materials. Together these advances in
nano-neurotechnologies provide a path to better understand the brain and manipulate its
activity to treat disease.


Jacob Robinson is an Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Robinson earned a B.S. in Physics from UCLA and Ph. D. in Applied Physics from Cornell. Following his Ph. D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry Department at Harvard University. Dr. Robinson joined Rice University in 2012 where he currently works on
nanoelectronic, nanophotonic and nanomagnetic technologiesto manipulate and measure brain
activity. Dr. Robinson is currently a co-chair of the IEEE Brain Initiative, and the recipient of a
Hammill Innovation Award, NSF NeuroNex Innovation Award, and a DARPA Young Faculty Award.