Module Director: Lisa Goodrich
The Neuroengineering Module provides integrated technical solutions for the increasingly complex and multidisciplinary projects faced by our NEI-supported laboratories. The module is based on a synergistic relationship between software and electronic-hardware approaches, in conjunction with the skilled mechanical support provided by the Machine Shop module. For example, several Core laboratories have begun experiments on the visual system with optogenetics. These experiments require electronic support for optical devices, custom software for timing and interfacing, and precision optical components for integrating stimulation and electrophysiological recording. These diverse requirements are best served by a technical team that works closely together from initial design to final implementation.
The module also continues to provide support for basic software development and electronics. On the software side, the module will provide programming support for custom applications and well as more general shared software development (e.g., shared visual stimulation package). The module will also provide emergency help, for example if there is a computer problem on an electrophysiology rig during an experiment. On the electronics side, the module supports the maintenance, calibration and repair of equipment, and maintains a stock of electronic components for the general use of Core laboratories. The module emphasizes training of lab members in basic software (e.g., Matlab programming for data acquisition and analysis) and hardware development, including providing advice and technical facilities (e.g., common electronics bench) for lab members.
- Phillips Ceibo Micro-programmer with computer interface, for microprocessor programming and testing in conjunction with the Hitex In-Circuit Development Tools.
- Photo Research PR-650 Spectrophotometer
- Dell Precision T3500 workstation with six core, 3.4GHz processor, 12 GB of RAM, and 3D graphics card (AMD Firepro).
- HP Windows 7 Enterprise 64 bit computer with Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
- Two Apple OS X computers with Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB memory
- Reflow oven
- Optical Table
- Two Tektronix 4-chanel digital storage oscilloscopes