Welcome to the Neurorobotics Laboratory –Karen Moxon, P.I.

The primary focus of research in our lab is to understand how the brain encodes sensory information and integrates this to produce intelligent motor output. We want to be able to use this knowledge to investigate changes in network activity under conditions of neural injury or dysfunction.

Areas of research focus on Neural encoding and Brain Machine Interfaces with applications in Spinal Cord Injury and Epilepsy.

Recent Awards
July 18th, 2018: Ashley Schnider defends her Master’s thesis entitled ‘A Perceptual Role for the Perirhinal Cortex: Fact or Fiction?’ at CSU Sacramento.

January 28th, 2018: Gary Blumenthal, doctoral candidate, has been awarded a research scholarship to support research at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany within the framework of the “Ph.D.-Exchange Programme” of RUB Research School.

December 14th, 2017: Walter Hinds defends his PhD thesis entitled ‘Machine Learning Enchanced Translational Research Methods Reveal Novel Biomarker for Human Epilepsy

June 27th, 2017: Nathanial Bridges defends his PhD thesis entitled ‘Neuronal and population level strategies used by the brain to improve performance in a BMI Task

June14th, 2017: Chen Lui defends her PhD thesis entitled ‘Impact of adaptation on thalamic neurons’ computational role of conveying contextual information about paired-pulse tactile stimulus‘ She has taken an Engineering Scientists position at Accenture China.

July 1st 2016: The Moxon lab is awarded a $3.8M grant from the National Institute of Health (R01 NS09697) entitled ‘Enchancing supraspinal plasticity to improve functional recovery after SCI’ The goal of this project is to understand the relationship between supraspinal plasticity and recovery of function after severe spinal cord injury. This project will study the anatomical, physiological and molecular changes in rats after SCI and therapy that are necessary to optimize recovery.

February 2015: Professor Moxon is elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers

Publication News (Lab News)

  1. The Moxon Lab Publishes a new article in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods:
    Bridges NR, Meyers M, Garcia J, Shewokis PA, Moxon KA.
    A rodent brain-machine interface paradigm to study the impact of paraplegia on BMI performance.
    J Neurosci Methods. 2018 May 31. pii: S0165-0270(18)30145-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2018.05.015.
    PMID: 29859878
  2. The Moxon Lab Publishes a new article in the Journal ELife:
    Manohar A, Foffani G, Ganzer PD, Bethea JR, Moxon KA.
    Cortex-dependent recovery of unassisted hindlimb locomotion after complete spinal cord injury in adult rats.
    Elife. 2017 Jun 29;6. pii: e23532. doi: 10.7554/eLife.23532.
    PubMed PMID: 28661400; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5499944.
  3. The Moxon Lab Publishes a new article in the Journal Epilepsia:
    Misra A, Long A, Sperling MR, Sharan AD, Moxon KA
    Increased neuronal synchrony prepares mesial temporal networks for recruitment into seizures of neocortical origin.
    2018 Mar;59(3):636-649. doi: 10.1111/epi.14007. Epub 2018 Feb 14.
    PubMed PMID: 29442363.
  4. The Moxon Lab Publishes a new article in the Journal Frontiers in Neuroscience:
    Knudsen EB, Moxon KA.
    Restoration of Hindlimb Movements after Complete Spinal Cord Injury Using Brain-Controlled Functional Electrical Stimulation.
    FrontNeurosci. 2017 Dec 19;11:715. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00715. eCollection 2017.
    PubMed PMID: 29311792; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5742140.

Open Positions

The Moxon Lab is not currently seeking volunteer undergraduate research assistants. However, student interest is encouraged and we will be looking for more Undergraduate Volunteers in the future.


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