Biosketch: I'm a postdoc at the University of Minnesota in the labs of Esther Krook-Magnuson and Tay Netoff.  I research closed-loop electrical and optogenetic neuromodulation interventions for epilepsy.  Previously I was a postdoc at the University of Washington in the labs of Chet Moritz, Adrienne Fairhall & Bill Moody where I researched cortical spreading depolarization, intracortical microstimulation, and neuroprostheses for the bladder.  I completed my Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 in the laboratory of Justin C. Williams.  I developed microfabricated bidirectional neural interfaces and investigated neurovascular coupling with optogenetics.

Research interest: closed-loop neurophysiology, electrocorticography, neurovascular coupling, theoretical/computational neuroscience, and neural interface microfabrication. 


 A microfabricated electrode array records from sensory cortex in an optogenetic mouse.  Cortical blood vessels are visible with intravenous rhodamine-B.  This combination of technology enabled a spatiotemporal study of neurovascular coupling.  Reference: Richner TJ, Baumgartner R, Brodnick SK, Azimipour M, Krugner-Higby LA, Eliceiri KW, Williams JC and Pashaie R. Patterned optogenetic modulation of neurovascular and metabolic signals. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 2014.