Rehabilitation and Neural Engineering Laboratory

Chris Hughes, MS

  • Advisor: Robert Gaunt

Born and raised in Southern California, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Neuroscience, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of California, Riverside in 2014, where I conducted research on molecular aspects of learning and memory. I then obtained masters degree in Bioengineering from the same institution in 2016 studying the applications of optical coherence tomography to neuroscience. While pursuing these degrees, I also served in various teaching positions and in my school's housing department as both a resident advisor and assistant director of academic programs.

Research Interest Summary

brain-computer interfaces, sensory prosthetics, somatosensory cortex, computational modeling

Research Interests

I am currently working on the human brain-computer interface (BCI) project studying intracortical microstimulation (ICMS) for the restoration of tactile perception. My primary focus is studying how varying the parameters of ICMS can alter the perception of somatosensation with the goal of applying these findings to closed-loop BCI for more natural and functional motor control. I aim to use both experimental and computational approaches to understand the impact of stimulus parameters on perception and gain insights into the underlying neurophysiology that dictates these relationships.