Major: Biomedical Engineering
Jace Willis is a first-year PhD student working under the advisement of Dr. Yakovlev in the Biomedical Engineering Department. His research goals are focused on investigating matters of technological interface with the brain via properly sending and receiving information with minimal invasiveness. He is currently a HEEP Fellow collaborating with visiting scholar and Hagler Fellow Dr. Vanderlei S. Bagnato. His research efforts are currently focused on determining neuron culture network signaling changes following induced oxidative stress via photo-dynamic therapy, followed by attempted recovery of the network activity and patterns.
Interests include optogenetics, brain-machine interface technologies, and deep-tissue imaging.