Rao Lab

Neurobiological Interfaces

scientific curiosity, determination and execution

Our Missions

scientific discoveries

We are studying the fundamental scientific principles at the interfaces of biological and material systems.

Curiosity has the boundless power to drive scientific discoveries. We acquire inspiration from biophysics, material science and engineering, electronics and neurobiology and investigate the phenomena of magnetism, electricity, chemistry and optics between the material and nervous systems. These fundamental principles can further guide us to effective engineering designs for biomedical applications.

biotechnology advancement

We are developing effective engineering methodologies to investigate neurobiological questions.

Biotechnology advancement is an indispensable catalyst for addressing neurobiological questions. Targeting specific technological challenges in neurobiology, we synthesize and fabricate functional materials, from nanoscale materials to devices, and apply them as engineering tools with various modalities to study the neural mechanisms underlying neurological and psychiatric disorders, including depression, addiction and social deficits.

Research

We are working in multiple-discinplinary fields to promote biomedical engineering advancement.

Neural modulation

Remotely controlled neural modulation with non-invasive stimulus

Neurophysics

Biophysics and chemical principles in the neurobiological interfaces

Nanomedicine

Nanoscale materials for neural intervention

Neuroelectronics

Nanoscale and device-size electronics to intervene and record neural activity

Integrated neural probes

Fiber-inspired devices for probing nervous system with optical, electrical and pharmacological approaches

Beyond the brain

Circuit-wide neuronal system

Team

We are an energertic group with material scientitst, electrical engineers, bioengineers and chemists.

 

 

Siyuan Rao

Assistant Professor

 

 

Qianbin Wang

Research Assistant Professor

 

 

Jingyi Qiu

PhD student in BME program

 

 

Kayla Felix

Undergraduate student in BME

 

 

Christine Yao

Undergraduate student in BME

Contact

Welcome to join our team and find collaborative opportunities

240 Thatcher Rd
Amherst, MA 01003

siyuanrao@umass.edu

413-577-5611