Nathalia Peixoto

Associate Professor
Nathalia
Peixoto
Office: 
Engineering 3912
Office Hours: 
M: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Phone: 
703-993-1567
E-Mail: 
npeixoto@gmu.edu
Home Page: 
https://neural.bioengineering.gmu.edu/
Research Area: 
Bioengineering

I am an associate professor of Bioengineering with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of GMU.  Until August 2006 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Krasnow Institute, focusing on seizure control with low frequency electric fields.  I also developed microfabricated oxygen sensors to profile metabolic activity in cardiac cells at Stanford. During my PhD at USP (Brazil) I developed microelectrode arrays and investigated primary neuronal cultures. As part of my PhD project, I spent almost two years in Germany (in Bonn) as a researcher with the German Retina Implant project. During my Masters (at Unicamp, Brazil) I investigated the spreading depression phenomenon in the chicken retina, which is an experimental model for migraines.

My research interests include implantable electrodes and systems, hybrid systems (cell cultures and electronics), control of assistive technology, bioMEMS (bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems), and experimental models of neuro­pathologies such as epilepsy and spreading depression.

Possible Advisee Scholarly Paper Topics

  1. State of the art in brain-machine interfaces.
  2. Models for migraine auras (computer simulations)
  3. Prosthetics for spinal cord injury patients.

Possible Senior Design Project Topics

Assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Courses

Semester Catalog Course Room Lecture Times Syllabus
Spring 2018 ECE 285 Electric Circuit Analysis I David King Hall 1006 MW: 9:00 am - 10:15 am
Spring 2018 ECE 285-201 Electric Circuit Analysis I (Lab) Nguyen Engineering Building 3203 M: 4:30 pm - 6:20 pm
Spring 2018 ECE 285-202 Electric Circuit Analysis I (Lab) Nguyen Engineering Building 3203 M: 10:30 am - 12:20 pm
Spring 2018 BENG 525 Neural Engineering Innovation Hall 338 W: 4:30 pm - 7:10 pm
Fall 2018 ECE 285 Electric Circuit Analysis I David King Hall 1006 MW: 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

MS and PhD Theses

Author Title Thesis Link Program Defense Datesort ascending
Minnikanti, Saugandhika CHARACTERIZATION AND MODELING OF CONDUCTIVE AND INSULATING COATINGS FOR NEURAL INTERFACES Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hamilton, Franz William Reconstructing Neuronal Network Dynamics Using Data Assimilation Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Minnikanti, Saugandhika Characterization and Modeling of Conductive and Insulating Coatings for Neural Interfaces Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering Monday, June 24, 2013
Nik, Hossein Ghaffari Hum-Power Controller for Powered Wheelchairs Master of Science in Electrical Engineering Thursday, July 30, 2009

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Senior Design Projects

Group Members Title Selected Deliverables Semester
Alison M. Thurber, Waseem Moorad, Danny D. Russell Mind over Motion: The Mind-Controlled Small Electric Vehicle
Joung Choi, Yu Dong, Edward Gedeon, Walter Hiranpat, Chase Thomas, Alexander Workman Project HERMES Spring 2015
Erick Chacon, Akash Malhotra, Ambar Rathie Improving pH Measurement Accuracy for an Automatic Marine Alkalinity Measurement Device Fall 2014

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