Professor Erkin Şeker and Team Awarded NIH Grant

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(Left) Professor Erkin Seker, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Graduate Studies, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. (Right) Professor Pamela J. Lein, Ph.D. Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine MIND Institute

Please join us in congratulating Prof. Erkin Şeker (Electrical and Computer Engineering) in collaboration with Prof. Pamela Lein (School of Veterinary Medicine) receiving a National Institutes of Health R03 seed grant, titled "Neuronal Contribution to the Propagation of Inflammation in the Central Nervous System," funded by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 

Neuroinflammation plays a key role in numerous conditions, including degenerative diseases, cancer, traumatic brain injury, and neuropathic pain. This two-year pilot project will engineer and employ a microfluidic neural cell culture platform with embedded microelectrode arrays to provide insight into how inflammation spreads through neural tissue via histological and electrophysiological read-outs. The study is expected to facilitate rapid testing of therapeutics in managing neuroinflammation and its transmission to regions further away from the original site of injury or lesion.