College of Engineering | Department of Biomedical Engineering
Hometown: Madison, WI
Dr. Aviad Hai is a neuroengineer and a neuroscientist whose work focuses on developing implantable and injectable sensors for accessing the entire nervous system—towards achieving a broader understanding of brain function. In 2019, Dr. Hai joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor, where his group is developing cutting edge electrical, magnetic, and electromagnetic sensors for large-scale recording and stimulation of brain activity. Dr. Hai received his Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he pioneered nano-scale devices for recording of neuronal intracellular signals under the guidance of Prof. Micha Spira (neurobiology) and Prof. Joseph Shappir (Electrical Engineering). He later joined the department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed wireless implantable sensors that detect electromagnetic fields in the brain, and molecular technologies for direct imaging of neurotransmitter dynamics across large volumes of the brain with Prof. Alan Jasanoff (Biological Engineering). Dr. Hai is the recipient of the NIH NINDS 2020 office of the director’s New innovator award (DP2), the NIBIB Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01), a long-term fellowship from the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and a fellowship from the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences.
Dr. Hai’s talk can also be offered in Hebrew.
Bioelectromagnetic Agents: towards Whole-Brain Readouts of the Mammalian Nervous System with minimal invasiveness
I discuss the development of wireless agents to record and stimulate the brain, with the goal of providing neuroscientists and neurologists with a complete toolbox for understanding cognition and providing brain therapies.