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Seeking materials that match the brain

February 20, 2018

Polina Anikeeva explores ways to make neural probes that are compatible with delicate biological tissues.

MIT-Profile-Anikeeva_0.jpgAnikeeva and her students have developed multipurpose fibers that can deliver electrical, optical, and chemical signals to individual neurons in the brain, while matching the stretchiness and flexibility of brain tissue. They have also developed similar flexible implantable fibers that can be implanted into the spinal cord. These devices can be used for basic research to analyze spinal neural pathways and responses in animals that are awake and active.
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