I am a condensed matter experimentalist by training. During my PhD (Stanford University, 2011) and Postdoctoral (Harvard University, 2011-2014) research, I developed novel electrical and magnetic scanning probes and used them to study exotic material properties at low energy scales. When I joined the department of Physics at UT Austin as a research scientist in Aug 2014, I decided to apply my enthusiasm and skills on sensor development to living systems. In particular, I am in collaboration with Dr. Xie and his group to develop flexible electrical and optical devices that provide seamlessly interface with the mammalian brain.
My research currently focuses on the development of a multimodal neural interface that combines recording, imaging, and stimulation, and its combinatorial applications in basic neuroscience and disease models. I have the following three endeavors: 1.) Combining spatially resolved neural recording with functional imaging of hemodynamics for improved understanding of neurovascular coupling in health and in disease models such as stroke, hypertension, and hypertensive stroke. 2.) The effect of longitudinal microstimulations with ultraflexible electrodes on individual neurons, neuronal population, and behavior. 3.) Further development of ultraflexible electrodes for prescise recording and manipulation of individual neurons in a closed-loop and activity-guide chronic system. With these intervened efforts, I wish to better understand the damaging mechanisms of neurological and neurovascular diseases, and to develop effective invention strategies with minimal adverse side effects.