Elson awarded CCTSI TL1 Fellowship for her proposed research into an optogenetic neural interface for users of prosthetic limbs

laura elsonBioengineering PhD student Laura Elson was awarded the CCTSI TL1 Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year for her proposed research into an optogenetic neural interface for users of prosthetic limbs. This design uses optical proteins to connect the mechanical limb with the peripheral nervous system that can provide both sensory feedback and motor output to the user. Currently, in vitro tests are being conducted, and ultimately in vivo tests will be performed in rodents. Through this fellowship she will also be afforded the opportunity to gain clinical experience in two settings: the Assistive Technology Partners Clinic headed by Dr. Cathy Bodine, and the Amputee Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, headed by Dr. Travis Heare.

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