Biosketch: Tom is currently a Washington Research Foundation Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is working with Professor Chet Moritz and Professor Adrienne Fairhall on neuroprostheses for the spinal cord and bladder control. He completed his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 in the laboratory of Justin C. Williams. Previously Tom studied biomedical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, BS 2008, and mathematics at Northland College, BS 2006. His research interests include closed-loop physiology, spinal cord injury, the autonomic nervous system, optogenetics, theoretical neuroscience, neurovascular coupling, and microfabricated devices.
A transparent array with platinum electrode sites records from sensory cortex in a mouse expressing ChR2 layer 5 pryamidal neurons. Cortical blood vessels are visible with intravenous rhodamine-B. This combination of technology enabled a spatiotemporal study of neurovascular coupling. Reference: Richner TJ, Baumgartner R, Brodnick SK, Azimipour M, Krugner-Higby LA, Eliceiri KW, Williams JC and Pashaie R. Patterned optogenetic modulation of neurovascular and metabolic signals. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism 2014.