Washington University, St. LouisEngineering

Daniel Moran

Prior to joining Washington University in 2001, Professor Moran studied motor systems neurophysiology as a junior and associate fellow at the Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, California.
The Moran Lab investigates how various neural substrates control voluntary movement. Their recent findings show that individual cells in primary motor cortex encode both translational and rotational kinematics of arm movement (i.e. hand position/orientation and their time derivatives). Using novel decoding schemes in their brain-computer interface (BCI) studies, they are able to simultaneously predict movement kinematics from a population of motor cortical neurons allowing their subjects to control computer cursors through thought alone. Furthermore, the lab has pioneered a new recording modality, electrocorticography or ECoG, that allows them to implant minimally invasive recording electrodes on the surface of the brain for BCI applications. Their subjects have learned to accurately control a 3D computer cursor through neural adaptation of microECoG signals. Future research will involve controlling complex 3D musculoskeletal models with cortical signals with the eventual goal of designing BCI systems for amputees or paralyzed individuals that will allow neuroprosthetic control of a robotic limb or functional electrical stimulation (FES) of a paralyzed limb.
Contact Daniel Moran
Address One Brookings Drive
Campus Box Campus Box 1097
City/St/Zip St. Louis, MO 63130
Office Whitaker Hall, Room 300F
Phone (314) 935-8836
Fax (314) 935-7448
Email dmoran@biomed.wustl.edu
Other Appt. Anatomy & Neurobiology, Physical Therapy

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PhD, Bioengineering, Arizona State University, 1994
BS, Milwaukee School of Engineering, 1989

Washington University in St. Louis School of Engineering & Applied Science, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Whitaker Hall, Campus Box 1097, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130
Phone: (314) 935-7208, Fax: (314) 935-7448

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