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Jacob A. George

B.S. - Biomedical Engineering Honors, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2016
Certificate - Computational Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, May 2016



Research

Peripheral Nerve Stimulation; Neuroprosthetics


Current Research

Jacob A. George is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. Jacob received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering (2016) at The University of Texas at Austin along with a certificate in Computational Science and Engineering. At the University of Utah, Jacob works in the Center for Neural Engineering (CNE) under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Clark.

One goal of the CNE is to restore sensorimotor function to individuals suffering from limb-loss. This is accomplished by implanting Utah Slanted Electrode Arrays (USEAs) into the residual nerves of human amputees. The high electrode density of the USEAs provides a unique opportunity to record from and stimulate individual nerve fibers in relative isolation. When an amputee thinks about moving their amputated limb, information is transmitted from their central nervous system to their residual peripheral motor nerves; this information is then recorded by USEAs and translated into intuitive control of a prosthesis. By stimulating residual sensory nerves, information can also be transmitted back to the central nervous system from the periphery, causing the amputee to feel a natural sensation originating from their missing limb.

Jacob’s research is focused on using this highly selective peripheral nerve stimulation to further our understanding of the human nervous system and to translate this knowledge into new clinical products. He is currently developing a method of stimulating sensory nerves in humans that can reliably produce graded, perceived intensities. Using this new method, he is providing closed-loop feedback and tactile discrimination to amputees. By recreating the natural sense of touch, Jacob hopes to restore the complete functionality and embodiment associated with an intact human limb; amputees will once again be able to feel– physically, the world around them, and emotionally, whole again.