Rice Neuroscience

The Rice Neuroscience Program is a composition of courses, research opportunities, and seminars that seek to provide an education experience that can lead to exciting and rewarding career paths directly in, or related to, neuroscience.

The neuroscience minor program involves participation in core and elective courses at Rice, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center as well as research in active faculty laboratories throughout the Texas Medical Center. There are numerous related programs at Rice and nearby universities.

Decoding and Modulation of Human Language

Principal Investigators: Behnaam Aazhang, PhD – Rice and Nitin Tandon, MD - UT Health
Title: Micro-scale Real-time Decoding and Closed-loop Modulation of Human Language
BRAIN Category: Neuroengineering and Brain-inspired concepts and design

The engineering objective is to develop biocompatible microchips to vastly enhance our insight into language and other cognitive processes and learning.

Spotlight – Rice Neuroscience

Person of the Day
Amina Qutub, PhD - Rice

Organization of the Day
Rice Neuroscience

Video of the Day
A brain-computer interface for controlling an exoskeleton

Research of the Day
Identifying Design Principles of Neural Cells

Identifying Design Principles of Neural Cells

Principal Investigator: Amina Qutub, Rice University
Title: Identifying Design Principles of Neural Cells
BRAIN Category: Neuroengineering and Brain-inspired concepts and design (#1533708)

This proposal seeks to develop a robust theory of how single neural cells form electrically active networks. The project integrates emerging methods in computer science, systems biology, neuroengineering and developmental biology to offer insight into the brain's organization.

Amina Qutub, PhD – Rice

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Dept. of Bioengineering
Principal Investigator, Qutub Lab

Amina Qutub’s research at Rice University integrates biological systems theory and design to characterize hypoxic response signaling and neurovascular dynamics. Her basic and translational research has applications in leukemia and brain cancer therapy; treatments for brain ischemia and Alzheimer’s disease; and increased understanding of cellular and sub-cellular organization in vascular biology.

Behnaam Aazhang, PhD – Rice

J.S. Abercrombie Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University
Director, Rice Center for Neuroengineering
Founding Director, Center for Multimedia Communication

Dr. Aazhang focuses on communication theory, information theory, and their applications to wireless communication with a focus on the interplay of communication systems and networks; including network coding, user cooperation, spectrum sharing, and opportunistic access.

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