Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow, Grainger Institute for Engineering
James received his undergraduate degree in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College and went on to complete a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering & physiology from Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in June 2019. During his Ph.D., James studied neuroengineering in the laboratory of Dr. J. Luis Lujan where he developed methods for closed-loop neuromodulation based on neurochemical feedback. After graduating, James joined the laboratory of Dr. Kip Ludwig at the University of Wisconsin as a postdoctoral fellow within the Grainger Institute for Engineering.
James’ research uses fluorescent microscopy, electrophysiology, and electrochemistry techniques to understand how novel neuromodulation strategies and electrode designs interact with the biointerface to effect downstream neural activity. With the goal of developing techniques that have the potential for clinical translation, James works across small and large animal models of neuromodulation and focuses on less invasive stimulation strategies. James’ current research focuses on an injectable electrode technology for minimally invasive interfacing with the peripheral nervous system and on the development of stimulation strategies for modulating pathological neural oscillations in the brain based on the activation of the peripheral inputs.