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Justin C. Sanchez, Ph.D.

Director of the NRG

Associate Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Sanchez is the Director of the Neuroprosthetics Research Group (NRG) (http://www.bme.miami.edu/nrg). As an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, and a faculty member of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, his mission is to develop state-of-the-art neural interface medical treatments. His laboratory is innovating neurotechnology for treating, paralysis, stroke, DBS for movement disorders, Tourettes, and OCD. He has developed new methods for signal analysis and processing techniques for studying the unknown aspects of neural coding and functional neurophysiology. He directs an in vivo electrophysiology lab for brain-machine interface design in animals and humans studying the activity of single neurons, local field potentials, and electrocorticogram in the cerebral cortex and from deep brain structures of the motor and limbic system. This translational research initiative operates at the crossroads between basic neural engineering, neurophysiology, and clinical care. Working in both basic science and clinical departments, he has special expertise in the transitioning of technology from the bench to the patient bedside. His laboratory has contributed new knowledge of functional neurophysiology, neuroprosthetics, signal processing, and has demonstrated the clinical utility for human subjects. His scientific work includes ten years experience in the study of electrophysiology and Brain-Machine interfaces in rats, monkeys, and humans. His neural engineering electrophysiology laboratory is currently developing direct neural interfaces for use in the research and clinical settings and has published over 75 peer review papers and 7 patents in neuroprosthetic design. He has authored a book on Brain-Machine Interface design. He is a reviewer for the NIH Neurotechnology Study Section, DOD SCIRP, Wellcome Trust, and Associate Editor/reviewer of multiple journals of biomedical engineering and neurophysiology. He is an elected member of the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He has mentored over 20 PhD students, Masters Students, and Postdoctoral Associates in the field of neuroprosthetics as applied to animals and humans. Funding from the NIH, NSF, and DARPA have supported this work.

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Abhishek Prasad, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the NRG

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Prasad is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering.







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Justin C. Sanchez

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Research Areas

Motor Neuroprosethics,
Epilepsy Neuroprosethics, DBS Neuroprosthetics


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