FEIT Research Project Database

Nano-scaffolds for neuroengineering

Project Leader: Vini Gautam
Primary Contact: Vini Gautam (vini.gautam@unimelb.edu.au)
Keywords: brain; nanotechnology; neural engineering; neuroimaging; scaffolds
Disciplines: Biomedical Engineering

Our brain is the control centre for most of our day to day activities, functioning via electrically active neuronal cells. These cells connect with each other into a neuronal circuits. How do the neurons know which circuit to form? How does the circuit know which function to perform? Once damaged, why can’t (or can?) these circuits be repaired?

We will focus on understanding how neuronal circuits form and function in response to their environment, specifically at the nanoscale.This is a highly cross-disciplinary project – it will involve fabrication of novel scaffolds for cell growth on one hand (nanotechnology). And studying the formation and function of neural circuits on the other (neuroscience).

Students with a background in materials / chemical / biomedical engineering with some experience in (or a keen interest in learning skills in) biology/neuroscience [and vice versa] are encouraged to contact Dr Vini Gautam. Please include your CV and a brief description of your research interests and/or aspirations.