Research

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:


Axon Regeneration

The Lab is pleased to be part of the Bionic Network- 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 axon guidance scaffolds and optical and electrical stimulation of neurons 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 on the Bionic Network website here.


Prosthesis Interfaces

Combining regenerative neural implants with neuroelectronic interfaces for bi-directional electrical stimulation and recording, the lab aims to develop mind-controlled prosthetic limbs with proprioceptive sensation to address this unmet need.


Smart Biomaterials

While working tirelessly on axon regeneration, 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.

Keywords

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