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Ajay Subramanian

Ajay Subramanian

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Electrical stimulation has recently emerged as an effective way to treat neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s disease. However, these therapies often involve invasive surgeries and implantations of materials that cause irreparable damage to healthy neural tissue. My research is centered on leveraging advancements in materials science to develop devices that are tissue-like, and thus, can safely and minimally invasively be delivered to the brain, but also still contain the complicated electronic machinery to deliver effective therapy to neural areas that are diseased or dying. In addition, because previous technology forces a response from our immune system upon implantation, we have been unable to study how the built-in disease-fighting mechanisms of our brain respond to this kind of therapy. Thus, by fabricating these devices, I hope to not only create a safer, more effective therapy, but also develop a new understanding of the natural healing processes of the brain.