Engage and Enable Blog

The aim of this blog is to show what’s happening at the Center for Neurotechnology among its faculty, student and staff members. To learn more about the center and its work, visit our Feature Stories page.


The BioRobotics Lab at the University of Washington (UW) strives to improve people’s lives through neural engineering research and the development of technology for minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery. This lab is currently co-directed by Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) member and UW Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (UWECE) professor, Howard Chizeck.

As a fourth-year PhD candidate in the University of Washington’s Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Kaitlyn Casimo is fascinated by learning, but not in the traditional sense of the word.

Juhi Farooqui did not know that the field of neural engineering existed – until she put together a Google query that captured her interest in neuroscience and its application in research.

“The search was born out of my love for neuroscience – a fascination with the nervous system and the many levels and models by which it could be conceptualized – as well as a desire to ultimately be engaged with the application of scientific knowledge to tangible issues,” Farooqui stated in a letter of interest.

A Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE)-affiliated team of faculty and student researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Washington (UW) recently made a significant advance in the design of implantable fibers for studying neurons in the spinal cord.

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) is a leader among National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) in actively ensuring accessibility of its physical spaces, activities and resources. In the process, the CSNE strives to welcome and engage people with disabilities while increasing awareness about their contributions in the engineering community.