About me

My project: Characterization of spiking activity and tactile afferents  READ MORE

Research Topics: Neurophysiology

Institution: University of Gothenburg

Background:

  • B.Sc. Applied Mathematics (University of California San Diego, 2016)
  • M.Sc. Advanced Mathematics and Mathematical Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 2017)

Nationality: American

Research Interest

A long-standing interest in neurophysiology and an academic foundation in mathematics paved the way for my enthusiasm to engage in this interface. This project, which combines experimental and computational methods to determine how various stimuli are encoded in the spiking activity of neural afferents, provides an opportunity to blend my mathematical background with human investigation.

ESR1 - Characterization of spiking activity and tactile afferents

  • Overview

    Objectives

    Determine how the stimulus characteristics are reflected in the spiking activity of neural afferents, and the relationship between spiking activity and elicited sensations. This project will study the spiking activity of single, identified tactile receptors in the human skin: their responses to complex tactile stimuli (such as natural textures, motion, stretch, or active exploration) and the relationship between spiking activity, brain processing, and elicited sensations of touch. This objective will be achieved by using two advanced techniques, such as microneurography coupled with intraneural microstimulation. Insights into the human tactile system will be applied for advances in robotics and prosthetics.

    EXPECTED RESULTS

    New insights into coding of tactile information in the different classes of human tactile afferents, with bearing on discriminative and emotional sense of touch.

  • Secondments

      • IIT-CNCS:
        for data analysis
      • SISSA:
        recordings and psychophysics on animals
      • SensArs:
        protocols for implants for residual nerve stimulation
  • Supervisors

    • J. Wessberg,
    • S. Panzeri,
    • M. Diamond,
    • F. Petrini
  • Tags


    Biological Touch Prosthetics Technologies for Touch
This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement No. 813713 ).
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