Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh (2017)
  • Bachelor of Science, St Marys University Of San Antonio (2011)

Lab Affiliations

All Publications

  • Implicit Grasp Force Representation in Human Motor Cortical Recordings FRONTIERS IN NEUROSCIENCE Downey, J. E., Weiss, J. M., Flesher, S. N., Thumser, Z. C., Marasco, P. D., Boninger, M. L., Gaunt, R. A., Collinger, J. L. 2018; 12
  • Intracortical microstimulation of human somatosensory cortex SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE Flesher, S. N., Collinger, J. L., Foldes, S. T., Weiss, J. M., Downey, J. E., Tyler-Kabara, E. C., Bensmaia, S. J., Schwartz, A. B., Boninger, M. L., Gaunt, R. A. 2016; 8 (361): 361ra141


    Intracortical microstimulation of the somatosensory cortex offers the potential for creating a sensory neuroprosthesis to restore tactile sensation. Whereas animal studies have suggested that both cutaneous and proprioceptive percepts can be evoked using this approach, the perceptual quality of the stimuli cannot be measured in these experiments. We show that microstimulation within the hand area of the somatosensory cortex of a person with long-term spinal cord injury evokes tactile sensations perceived as originating from locations on the hand and that cortical stimulation sites are organized according to expected somatotopic principles. Many of these percepts exhibit naturalistic characteristics (including feelings of pressure), can be evoked at low stimulation amplitudes, and remain stable for months. Further, modulating the stimulus amplitude grades the perceptual intensity of the stimuli, suggesting that intracortical microstimulation could be used to convey information about the contact location and pressure necessary to perform dexterous hand movements associated with object manipulation.

    View details for DOI 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf8083

    View details for Web of Science ID 000389442300006

    View details for PubMedID 27738096