Biosketch: Tom is a Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is researching neuronal ensemble plasticity in cortical layer 2/3 with calcium imaging in the lab of Bill Moody and developing neuroprosthetic systems for spinal cord injury in the laboratories of Chet Moritz and Adrienne Fairhall. He completed his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 in the laboratory of Justin C. Williams. There he 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.