Workshop: 115 Neuro-Engineering: Reading Thoughts and Writing Memories
Who is this Workshop for?
High school students who are interested in researching the areas of neuroscience,
neuro-engineering, and biomedical engineering.
Introductory cellular and systems-level neuroscience for high school students interested in
biomedical engineering. This course will introduce the mechanisms that underlie signal and
information propagation in biological cellular neural networks, and the computational potential
of such networks in the brain, as neuro-engineering applications such as neural
prosthesis and technologies for interfacing with the nervous system. The main goal of this
course is to equip students with foundational neuroscience knowledge for college-level studies and research in neuro-engineering including neural probe technology and devices, optical, magnetic and electrical neurotechnologies.
Sample Research Topics
What is the language that neurons use to talk to each other?
Can we use brain imaging technologies to read human thoughts?
How can we control neuronal activity with light?
Do zombies exist?
How can we engineer brains outside the body?
Can we reprogram skin cells to neurons and treat brain disease?
Can we use the power of thought to control flying saucers?
Past Students' Research Projects