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Aslan Society Officers

Jit Muthuswamy, President

Jitendran (Jit) Muthuswamy is an associate professor in the School of Biological and Health System’s Engineering. His research interests are in the areas of Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) for Neural communication, and plasticity in the central nervous system. The engineering and neuroscience research efforts in his lab are primarily directed towards understanding and treating brain dysfunction. However, understanding of brain function and dysfunction is severely limited by the lack of technology that will reliably communicate with the cells in the brain for monitoring and intervention. Therefore, one of his main research interests is in the development of multi-functional Neural Prosthesis using MEMS (Micro-electromechanical Systems) technologies for precise tracking, communication, stimulation and control of neuronal function and dysfunction. Using these novel technologies in models of brain injury, Muthuswamy is interested in understanding the neurochemical and neuroelectrical dynamics that determine neurological outcome and the neuroprotective role of specific genes. There is a great potential for developing exciting new technology for enhancing repair and plasticity mechanisms in the brain after injury that will improve neurological outcomes and greatly enhance quality of lives. Projects are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Whitaker foundation, Arizona Biomedical Research Foundation and the DARPA.

Prof. Bradley Greger as Vice President

Bradley Greger researches how the nervous system processes information related to sensory, motor, and cognitive functions, then translates clinical needs into devices which improve quality of care and patient outcomes.

Greger’s current projects include developing a neural prosthesis to provide approximated vision for the profoundly blind and creating eye-movement communication tools for patients with “locked-in-syndrome.” Greger, a neural engineering associate professor, also is investigating how other disorders, like epilepsy or traumatic brain injury, may be improved using the deep brain stimulation (DBS) treatment that yields success for Parkinson’s patients. Greger collaborates with clinicians at Barrow Neurological Institute and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.