Somatosensory Neuroscience and Engineering Laboratory

Prof.Hsin_Yi LaiHsin_yi

Research Interests:BMI; BioMEMS sensor; Neuromodulation 

Key words:Parkinson's Disease; Brain Machine Interface; Focused Ultrasound; somatosensory system; fMRI


Dr. Hsin-Yi Lai is a PI of Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology in Zhejiang University. She focuses on developing and applying cutting-edge neuroengineering approaches to investigate brain function and to treat neurological disease. She received her Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Control Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 2011. Using Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS) and nano­materials, she has developed a multichannel electrode array for chronic recording and stimulation. In 2012-2013, she was a postdoctoral fellow of Department of Neurology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA, where she served as the head of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Imaging Research Group and the manager of 9.4T MRI. She developed a novel mean for applying simultaneous DBS-fMRI to explore the functional connectivity. In 2013-2015, she was a senior postdoctoral fellow in Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, leading the studies of somatosensory system in human and nonhuman primate. She joined Zhejiang University in 2015 as a PI of Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology. The goals of her lab are: 1) to develop multi-functional neuroprobe-microchips, 2) to investigate neural coding of cutaneous senses for the adaptive brain-machine interface (BMI), and 3) to dissect therapeutic circuits by using neuromodulation methods such as DBS, optogenetic and focused ultrasound (FUS) .