DEVELOPING DEVICES FOR MONITORING NEURONAL ACTIVITY
The ability to record individual neuron activity within a neural network is of great importance in understanding the brain in health and disease, with many potential implications in therapeutics and in the development of nano-chip devices.
In the lab we are developing some novel methods including an approach to locate cells at electrode sites by magnetic forces, achieving stable and specific cell-electrode correspondence. We develop and fabricate micro electrode array (MEA) devices based on magnetic manipulations. In another project we develop silicon-based devices for long and under demand calcium imaging. We fabricate silicon nanowires and porous silicon as supplier of calcium indicators.
Our systems enable monitoring individual excitable cell activity within a network in controlled conditions for an extended time.