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A Microfluidic Approach to the Brain

by Noah Pflueger-Peters

The flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is critical to the brain. The brain has a limited energy reserve, so blood needs to bring oxygen and nutrients to neurons immediately upon activation, a phenomenon known as neurovascular coupling or functional hyperemia. CSF washes out metabolic waste generated by neurons while cushioning the brain and spinal cord from injury.

Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Weijian Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant professor Weijian Yang’s scientific journey is illustrative for the field of neuroengineering: it started with undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering, followed by postdoctoral fellowships in biology with a focus on neuroscience research, and continuing with interdisciplinary research where he combines optics, electronics, and nanotechnology to address challenges in brain research, biomedicine, and neuroscience.

Neurotech@Davis Student Club: Undergraduate Students Learn about Neurotechnology

Neurotech@Davis is a UC Davis student-led organization whose mission is to facilitate the advancement and awareness of neurotechnology by providing undergraduates with the opportunity to foster skills in the industry. The club is the brainchild of Kushaal Rao, an entrepreneurial student who wanted to create a community for undergraduate students interested in neuroengineering in response to a lack of resources and opportunities at the undergraduate level.

Biomedical Engineering Graduate Student Caitlin Banks Recognized for DEI Efforts

by Cristina Deptula

UC Davis’ biomedical engineering (BME) department recognizes graduate student Caitlin Banks for her diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) advocacy. 

“I was aware there was injustice in society before, but it was really George Floyd’s murder that inspired me to get involved in DEI work. That, and also what happened to Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery,” she says. 

Advocacy Within and Beyond the Department

Cross-campus collaboration leads to ‘smart prosthetics’ for amputee patients

By Liam Connolly

(SACRAMENTO) An interdisciplinary team of UC Davis scientists and plastic and reconstructive surgeons is collaborating to help improve quality of life for patients with upper limb amputations. They are utilizing a novel amputation surgical procedure and smart prosthetics to help patients better control their residual muscles, receive sensory feedback and reduce limb pain.

Crowdfund Campaign Results

The Center for Neuroengineering & Medicine was one of 20 projects in the Crowdfund UC Davis campaign for the entire month of October 2021. The goal of our Crowdfund campaign was to increase awareness about the center and raise funds for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships for education and research in neuroengineering.

A total of 39 donation events helped us raise $3,280 for our students. We are grateful to each and every person who donated to our Crowdfund campaign.

Center for Neuroengineering & Medicine - A Historical Perspective

The UC Davis Center for Neuroengineering and Medicine entered its second year with exciting new research, educational opportunities, and a vibrant community on campus. While formally established as a Center in October 2020, foundational work started years ago, initiated by a small group of faculty and administration led by Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering professor Sanjay Joshi.

Faculty Spotlight: Professor Mitchell Sutter, Ph.D.

Professor Mitchell Sutter has wanted to be a bioengineer ever since he watched the American science fiction and action television series “The Six Million Dollar Man” as a teenager. After a NASA test flight accident, the series’ main character and former astronaut USAF Colonel Steve Austin is rebuilt with superhuman strength, speed, and vision due to bionic implants. He uses his enhanced abilities to work for the Office of Scientific Intelligence as a secret agent. Understandably, the show must have caught the imagination of many.

CBS Welcomes Three New Faculty Members for 2021-2022 Year

by Greg Watry

For the 2021-2022 academic year, the College of Biological Sciences is proud to welcome three new members to its faculty. Below you’ll learn more about the research interest of each faculty member, and what brought them to UC Davis.

Xiaomo Chen

Xiaomo Chen joined the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior as an assistant professor in September 2021. Before joining the UC Davis faculty, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.