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NeuroProstheses Research Laboratory

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Welcome to the Neuroprostheses Research Laboratory at Purdue University.

The NPRLab is a research facility located within the Purdue University Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering. The activities in the Neuroprostheses Research Laboratory are centered on basic and applied research utilizing neural engineering approaches to treat neurological disorders.


Primary Research Areas
  • Brain-machine interfaces
  • Sensation induced by electrical stimulation of neural tissue
  • Sensory repair and augmentation
  • Neural coding and plasticity



News

2014

  • March 2014: Congratulations to NPRLab alumnus Sean McDowell for being awarded the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship!
  • March 2014: Max Youngs featured in News from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University. Youngs Grubbs Articleexternal link

2013

  • November 2013: Congratulations to Sal Sommakia for a successful PhD degree defense!
  • October 2013: Congratulations to Andrew Woolley! His photomicrograph won Honorable Mention in Nikon's 2013 Small World Competition!
  • July 2013: Congratulations to Michael Leathers for winning the Award of Excellence: Top Research Talk at the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Symposium!
  • May 2013: Congratulations to Johnny Zhang for winning the Haselby Outstanding BME Senior Award!
  • April 2013: Congratulations to Andrew Koivuniemi for a successful PhD degree defense!
  • April 2013: Congratulations to Johnny Zhang for winning an elevator pitch competition! Zhang Elevator Pitchexternal link
  • April 2013: Congratulations to Andrew Koivuniemi for being awarded the Purdue University College of Engineering Outstanding Research Award!
  • March 2013: Congratulations to our fantastic undergrads for their showing at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition! In all, Max Youngs et al. won the College of Engineering Dean Choice Award, Anna Filley (her second win in a row!) et al. won the College of Engineering Student Choice Award, and Johnny Zhang et al. won the Best Abstract for Innovative Technology/Entrepreneurship & Design!
  • March 2013: Congratulations to Johnny Zhang for being awarded a Chappelle Fellowship from the Purdue University Graduate School!
  • February 28, 2013: A Brain-to Brain Interface for Rats. The Scientistexternal link
  • February 2013: Congratulations to Max Youngs for being awarded a Grubbs Fellowship from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering!

2012

  • November 2012: Congratulations to Dr. Otto for being awarded the Faculty Service Award from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering!
  • April 2012: Congratulations to Anna Filley et al. for winning the College of Science Dean's Choice Award at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition! Also, congratulations to Jeremy McGee et al. for winning the Second Place in Biological Sciences at the same competition!
  • March 2012: Congratulations Alan Truong and Matt McDermott for winning awards for being great TAs!
  • February 2012: Congratulations to Sal Sommakia for being awarded a Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship!

2011

  • August 2011: Congratulations to Andrew Koivuniemi for being awarded the Geddes-Laufman-Greatbatch Award for the most outstanding graduate student or post-doc in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University!
  • July 2011: Congratulations to Seth Wilks for a successful PhD degree defense!
  • May 2011: Congratulations to Andrew Koivuniemi for being awarded an Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute predoctoral fellowship!
  • April 2011: Congratulations to Leigh'e Lincoln et al. for winning the College of Science Dean's Choice Award at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition! Also, congratulations to T.J. Hinton, Neil Patel et al. for winning the Engineering Council Choice Award at the same competition!
  • April 2011: Congratulations to Andrew Woolley for a successful PhD degree defense!
  • January, 2011: The NPRLab, in collaboration with Dr. Panitch at Purdue and a strong team at the University of Wisconsin was awarded for their proposal to DARPA entitled "NORMAL AND ACCELERATED FAILURE ASSESSMENT OF NEW QUANTITATIVE IN VITRO AND IN VIVO NEURAL INTERFACES". This 3 year, $1.9M project will seek to understand, propagate, and mitigate device-tissue interface failure for chronic microelectrodes in the central nervous system
  • January, 2011: The NPRLab was the recipient of a another generous personal financial gift, matched by a corporate gift. Once again, we thank our donors immensely for supporting our work!

2010

  • November 2010: Andrew Woolley and Nnadozie Onunkwo both presented talks at a minisymposium at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA.
  • October 2010: Congratulations to Nnadozie Onunkwo for a successful Doctoral Defense!
  • July 2010: Otto group awarded collaborative award from Showalter Trust entitled, "A Novel Rat Model of Pre-Diagnosis Cognitive Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease."
  • April 9, 2010: Congratulations to Kyle Rupp for earning NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Honorable Mention!
  • April 7, 2010: Congratulations to Himanshi Desai et al. for winning the College of Science First Place Award at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition!
  • March, 2010: Congratulations to Ashley Sankari for an outstanding day at the Indiana State Science Fair Competition! HSEF2010Awardsexternal link
  • In total she:
    • Received the Weaver Scholarship from the Science Education Foundation of Indiana, Inc.
    • Received First Place in Excellence in Human Health, Biology or Life Sciences.
    • Was awarded the Intel Excellence in Computer Science Award.
  • March, 2010: Congratulations to Leigh'e Lincoln on being awarded the Dr. G. Wesley Hatfield and Dr. Suzanne B. Sandmeyer Undergraduate Research Internship from the Department of Biological Sciences for Summer 2010!
  • March, 2010: Congratulations to Ashley Sankari for being a Regional Winner at the Lafayette Regional Science & Engineering Fair! She will compete at the Hoosier State Science Fair later in March 2010 and at the International Science Fair in San Jose, CA in May 2010.
  • March, 2010: Congratulations to Andrew Koivuniemi for winning Honorable Mention from the College of Engineering at the Purdue University Sigma Xi Graduate Poster Competition!
  • March 2010: Congratulations to Sriram Vaidyanathan for being awarded a Grubbs Fellowship from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering!
  • January, 2010: The NPRLab was the recipient of a generous personal financial gift, matched by a corporate gift. We thank our donors immensely for supporting our work!

2009

  • December, 2009: Congratulations to Andrew Woolley for receiving both the PULSe and Purdue Graduate School Government Travel Grants!
  • July 15, 2009: Otto group awarded NIH RO3 entitled, "Neural microstimulation parameters and interfacial quality effects."
  • July 9, 2009: The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain? WIREDexternal link
  • April 23, 2009: Brain-Twitter project offers hope to paralyzed patients. CNNexternal link
  • April 21, 2009: Congratulations to Leigh'e Lincoln et al. for winning the College of Science Peer Award at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition!
  • April 21, 2009: Congratulations to Andrew Pierce for a successful Master's Defense!
  • April 20, 2009: Twitter Telepathy: Researchers Turn Thoughts Into Tweets. WIREDexternal link
  • March 2009: Congratulations to Kyle Rupp for being awarded a Grubbs Fellowship from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering!
  • February 2009: Professor develops stretchable electrodes to help study cardiac cells. The Exponentexternal link
  • January 2009: Otto group awarded collaborative award from Indiana Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Fund entitled, Bio-inorganic coatings to reduce tissue reaction in cortical neural prostheses."

2008

  • July 2008: Otto group awarded collaborative award from Purdue Research Foundation entitled, "Novel peptide-presenting sol-gel coatings for improving biocompatibility of cortical implants."
  • July 2008: Otto group awarded collaborative award from Showalter Trust entitled, "Development of advanced multifunctional brain-machine interface devices with enhanced reliability for chronic implantation applications."
  • May 2008: Congratulations to Ryan Muir for a successful Master's Defense!
  • March 31, 2008: Congratulations to Andrew Pierce (his second win in a row!) et al. for winning Second Place in the College of Science at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition!

2007

  • April 2007: Congratulations to Andrew Pierce et al. for winning both First Place in the College of Science, and the College of Engineering Dean’s Choice Award at the Purdue University Undergraduate Poster Competition!
Contact information

Telephone

  • 1+(765) 496-1012

FAX

  • 1+(765) 496-1912

Professor Otto's Office

  • BMED 2021

Postal address

  • 206 S. Martin Jischke Drive
  • West Lafayette, IN 47907-2032

Electronic mail

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