Research in the Applied Neural Interfaces Lab is focused on understanding and modeling the neuropathophysiology of disease with the goal of engineering new devices that interface with the nervous system to improve peoples’ lives. We use behavioral studies, electrophysiology techniques, computational neuroscience, and machine learning methods to determine the mechanism of disease, create new research paradigms, and develop new treatments. Our two main research areas in the field of neural engineering are in brain-computer interfaces (where we study how to optimize systems that allow people to control external devices directly with brain activity) and neurourology (where we investigate how we can stimulate neural reflexes to improve urinary retention and incontinence in disease and aging).

I am Zachary Danziger, Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering Department at FIU! My main professional focus is on scientific research in neuroscience, developing devices that interfaces with the nervous system, and understanding how the nervous system learns to use or adapts to these devices. My philosophy is that understanding and defining basic principles of neural control and encoding will improve our capability as neural engineers. I also have interests in biomedical ethics, where I am actively involved with the biomedical community to help clarify our ethical norms and expectations, and science education, where I engage with Florida communities to impart the excitement and impact of biomedical discovery.

Recent News!

– Leading collaborative SPARC project to design hybrid models of autonomic organ systems.

– Published analysis on neuropathic contributions to age-related underactive bladder.

– Published method for longitudinal urodynamics tracking in animal models.

Awarded NINDS BRG-R01 to develop model systems and decoding algorithms for brain-computer interfaces.

– Zachary Danziger receives FIU’s 2019 “Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring”.

Now Hiring:

The lab is seeking motivated personnel to help advance our research activities. Please see the following position(s):

#1) A Postdoc position for an NIH-sponsored, highly interdisciplinary project to design a new framework for understanding systems physiology, with a focus on neuroscience. Find more about our search for experimentalists or theorists! (position filled)

#2) Postdoctoral scholar to lead an NIH-funded project in neural dynamics and brain-computer interfaces. See the job advertisement for details, the project is starting soon! (position filled)

#3) Masters student in Biomedical Engineering, in the field of experimental neuroscience, behavioral neuroscience, or neurourology. To begin the application process please email your CV (or resumè) and a short statement of interest to the PI, Zachary Danziger. (position filled)

#4) Potential graduate students, If you are interested in working with us now or in the future, send an email to the PI, Zachary Danziger, to begin a discussion. We will add you to our list of interested applicants and contact you immediately should a position become available.

#5) Undergraduates seeking to work in the lab should contact the PI, Zachary Danziger, by email and describe your interest in the lab and availability to work. If you are a good match for the lab we will pair you with an ongoing project as soon as an opportunity becomes available.