Research at the BioAugmentative Interfaces Laboratory is at the intersection of optoelectronic devices, neural interfaces and smart biomaterials for tissue repair and organ augmentation. A brief overview of our current research is featured in this video.

Some of our current projects are as following:

Neuromodulation technologies

We are developing fully implantable and autonomous neural modulation devices particularly for optical stimulation of the spinal cord.

Injectable Biomaterials

The Lab is pleased to be one of the co-leaders of a UBC-led international and multidisciplinary team of faculties and clinicians with one common goal: A holistic approach to regenerate damaged axons after spinal cord injury and to improve function after paralysis. The BioAugmentative Interfaces Laboratory specifically works on injectable biomaterials along with developing drug delivery systems and injectable guidance scaffolds to improve function after paralysis. More information on the research and collaborations can be found in this article and also in this video.

Prosthetics Interfaces

Combining neural fiber scaffolds with electrodes for electrical stimulation and recording, the team works on the ultimate goal of developing an interface between an amputated limb and a prosthesis for mind-controlled control of the prosthetic limb while providing proprioceptive and tactile sensation.

Smart Biomaterials and Device Design

The BioAugmentative Interfaces Laboratory also focuses on more immediate solutions for individuals with paralysis or other conditions that deteriorate different organ functions. More specifically, the lab works on introducing feedback-based smart biomaterials with integrated sensors and control systems for organ augmentation. The on-going foci are on bladder control and hydrocephalus implants with a keen interest in near future work on bowel control and re-gaining sexual function among others. Computational modeling and device design along with developing smart biomaterials are important and ongoing efforts of the team.


Biomaterials; Neural interfaces; Bioelectronics; Tissue engineering; Spinal cord injury, Traumatic nerve repair; Polymers