Tiny Electrodes that Overhear Neural Conversations: Friends Webinar with Prof. Ellis Meng

The Caltech Y Presents

"Tiny Electrodesthat Overhear Neural Conversations"

Prof. Ellis Meng

Departments of Biomedical and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Biomedical Microsystems Laboratory

University of Southern California

Thursday, March 18, 2021

4:00pm - 5:00pm PST

Webinar is Free but Registration is Required


The complexity of the mammalian nervous system has inspired many tools for deciphering neural activities down to the cellular scale. Metal electrodes have been in use since Galvani experimented with electricity in frog legs over 200 years ago. We revisit the humble electrode and its evolution into a powerful enabling tool to gain access to vast quantities of neural information.

Join us as Prof. Ellis Meng explores what happens when electrodes, integrated circuits, and polymers are blended together to drive the next revolution in our understanding of the nervous system and inform new therapies. She will also discuss a new model to democratize access to this technology through the new Polymer Implantable Electrode (PIE) Foundry which serves as a resource for the neuroscience and neuroengineering communities.


Dr. Ellis Meng is the Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Chair of Convergent Biosciences and Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC, where she has been since 2004. She is also the Vice Dean of Technology Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She received the B.S. degree in engineering and applied science and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Caltech in 1997, 1998, and 2003, respectively. She also served on the Caltech Y’s Student Executive Committee while she was an undergraduate student at Caltech.

Some of her honors include the NSF CAREER award, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Early Career Award, and the 2009 TR35 Young Innovator Under 35. She serves as the VP of Technical Activities-Elect for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and was previously the North American representative on the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She is also an inventor, co-founder of two companies based on her research, and author of a textbook on bioMEMS.

If you would like to know more about prof. Ellis Meng's research and biography, please click here: https://viterbi.usc.edu/directory/faculty/Meng/Ellis

This webinar is free, but please register to guarantee your spot. Once registered, the zoom link will be sent a few days before the event.


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