Chunxiu (Traci) Yu
- Dow 528
- Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
- Affiliated Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
- PhD, The Weizmann Institute of Science
Dr. Chunxiu (Traci) Yu is an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her Ph.D. degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. After graduation, she joined Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her postdoctoral trainings to study the neural mechanisms underlying reward-guided behaviors, as well as the signal processing and network dynamics of visual attention. Before joining the MTU, she was a research scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University to study brain mechanisms of deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Yu’s research focuses on understanding signal processing networks of sensory and motor systems and developing biomedical devices to treat neurological disorders. Her research employs various neural engineering and neurobiological approaches, such as programming and computational modeling, electrical stimulation, optogenetics, electrophysiology, behavioral assays, and neuroanatomy. Dr. Yu has received research supports from NIH funds (NIH R03 and NIH R15) and MTU internal funds (Engineering Cross-Cutting Initiative, C2E2, and REF).
Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab
Our mission is to engineer novel brain stimulation paradigms through technology development, computational modeling, and experimental studies, with the goal of advancing the therapeutic efficacy and efficiency of deep brain stimulation for the treatments of neurological diseases.
Below: The components of deep brain stimulation include temporal pattern design, device modification, closed-loop stimulation, electrical stimulation, and optogenetic stimulation.
Links of Interest
- Brain Stimulation (Optogenetic and Electrical)
- Neural Signal Processing
- Brain-Computer Interface
- Brain and Behavior (Parkinson's Disease, Depression, Stroke, and Addiction)
BME Research Areas
- Biosensors and Biomedical Instrumentation
- Biomedical Optics and Ultrasound
Please email Dr. Traci Yu (email@example.com) including a copy of your CV for any of the following positions:
1. Graduate students
We currently have openings for highly-motivated graduate/master students with interests and/or experience in neuroscience, engineering, or computer science. Previous experience in computational modeling is beneficial.
The focus of this position is on developing novel strategies to improve therapeutic efficiency and efficacy of brain stimulation in neurological disorders using various experimental and computational approaches.
Graduate students will be accepted in the department of Biomedical Engineering through the appropriate graduate admissions process and start in the fall of 2021, see link. Those interested should hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a related field and contact Dr. Yu first before applying.
2. Undergraduate research assistants
We are also seeking motivated undergraduates with knowledge of engineering, biology, or computer science. Students will learn knowledge and hand-on skills in brain dissection, electrophysiology, behavioral testing, and computational data analysis. Students with MATLAB programming skill are preferred.
- NIH Research Enhancement Award (AREA), 2020
- Portage Health Foundation Research Excellence Award, 2020
- Michigan Tech Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment fund (C2E2), 2019
- NIH Small Research Grant (RO3) 2018, NINDS
- MTU College of Engineering Cross-cutting Initiative, 2018