ASU engineer helps unlock mysteries of the brain

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Biomedical engineer Jit Muthuswamy has been collaborating with researchers at Sandia National Laboratories to gain deeper knowledge about brain function.

Muthuswamy is an associate professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. Through work in his Neural Microsystems lab at ASU, he is developing microscale and nanoscale robotic technologies that record and measure the electrical signals generated by the neurons that determine how the brain and the nervous system function.

He and fellow researchers are striving to create more reliable and intelligent neural interfaces to better understand changes in the wiring of the brain. Their goal is to improve techniques to prevent, diagnose and treat brain disorders.

Progress in the endeavor was reported on recently in a Sandia Labs news release and on the Science Daily news website.

Muthuswamy and his ASU team have been doing research on autonomous neural interfaces for the past 13 years, with ongoing support from the National Institutes of Health, the Whitaker Foundation, the Arizona Biomedical Commission and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. His lab has been leading the collaborative research effort with Sandia Labs, which is a subcontractor on the project.