The brain is the single organ in our body that most distinctly makes us human. The heterogeneity of the brain’s architecture helps give rise to its fascinating complexity, but also makes for profound challenges when we try to treat or interrogate the brain using our current armament of tools.
Our lab is centered on developing novel noninvasive techniques to precisely deliver drugs to the brain, to mediate more precise control of neural activity, in addition to other therapeutic effects. We are principally focused on techniques that have an immediate pathway for clinical translation. Currently, we primarily use focused ultrasound to enable these effects, given recent advances that allow us to place a sonication focus within most any brain region of interest, completely noninvasively, and with high spatial and temporal resolution. We are just getting started with our work so please stay tuned!