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Cluster in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Neural engineering applies engineering methods to study neural physiology and to assess, modulate and restore neural function with the goal of understanding and treating neural diseases. This cluster is focused on the assessment of vision, hearing and balance; monitoring neural function during surgery; and the development of neural interfaces, neuro-prosthetic devices and rehabilitative approaches to study and restore neural function. The cluster is supported by the recent creation of the Institute for Neural Engineering at the University of Miami (INEM), will is composed of a collaborative group of faculty from the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering and several others across the university, primarily in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition, interactions will include partners in other universities and industry.  We intend to establish the INEM as a collaborative center of excellence at the University of Miami with activities including extensive collaborative research with shared instrumentation facilities, education through coordinated coursework and workshops, seminars and discussion groups, and social networking events.

COE Thrusts SupportedHealth, Materials, Data

Graduate Courses Offered:  Biochemistry and cellular physiology for engineers (BME 601); Human physiology for engineers (BME 602); Neurophysiology for engineers (BME 603); Regulatory control of biomedical devices (BME 612); Biomedical systems engineering (BME 613); Scanning Electron Microscopy for engineers (BME 622); Neurosensory engineering (BME 623); Neuromotor engineering (BME 624); Microcomputer-based medical instrumentation (BME 640); Fundamentals of computational neuroscience (BME 655); Advanced biomedical signal processing (BME 670); Application of computers in medicine (BME 713); Scanning Electron Microscopy special projects (BME 722); Auditory and visual neural systems (BME 735).

Number of PhD Students and Research Personnel: 6 PhD students (AY 29-20)

Faculty Participants
Coordinator:  Suhrud Rajguru and Abhishek Prasad

BME Members (Tenured, Tenure-track only): Andrew Dykstra, Ozcan Ozdamar, Abhishel Prasad, Suhrud Rajguru, Others to Be Hired

Other Departments & Schools (draft listing): The cluster is aligned with the neuroscience and neural engineering pillar at the School of Medicine. Several institutes at the School of Medicine, at the Miami Project, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Ear Institute, McKnight Brian Institute; as well as faculty from computer science, biology, psychology and chemistry.