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Neurotechnology Staff

Douglas Weber, Ph.D.

Douglas Weber, Ph.D., Director of Neurotechnology Research and Development

Millions of people in the U.S. and around the world are impacted by spinal cord injuries, stroke, traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and other problems with the central and peripheral nervous systems. Dr. Douglas Weber has made it his life’s work to find technology solutions that can help them. A biomedical engineer and neurotechnology pioneer, Doug is Battelle's Director of Neurotechnology Research and Development. He has more than 20 years of experience on the front lines of neurotechnology innovation, with a career that has resulted in eight patents (and counting) and a biotechnology startup. At Battelle, Doug is focusing on further development of Battelle NeuroLife™, a groundbreaking neural bridging technology that allowed a paralyzed man to regain conscious, dexterous control of his hand and fingers. 

Mingming Zhang, Ph.D.

Mingming Zhang, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Dr. Mingming Zhang has multiple years of experience in brain data mining and signal processing with different algorithms to extract meaningful neural features from large-scale brain data sets. His work focuses on understanding the function of nervous system and developing related technology integrated into wearable or implantable devices, which allows to monitor or innervate human nervous system. Dr. Zhang has worked on multiple projects applying different electrical stimulation, either to study the mechanisms of the neural activity or to restore the neural disorder related lost function and relieve symptoms. His scientific results have been published in several peer-reviewed papers in the field of neural engineering and neuroscience, and he has presented his work in multiple international conferences.

 
Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D.

Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist

Gaurav Sharma’s work has helped a paralyzed patient regain control of his hand and enabled delivery of drugs across the blood-brain barrier. As the Lead Investigator and Senior Research Scientist on the Battelle Medical Devices and Neuromodulation team, he is applying advanced engineering to overcome problems in the human body and brain. Since joining Battelle in 2011, Gaurav has served as the technical lead or lead investigator on a number of cutting-edge projects involving peripheral nerve stimulation, spinal cord stimulation and brain-computer interfaces. For the last six years, he has devoted most of his time to Battelle NeuroLife™, a groundbreaking neural bridging technology for patients with spinal cord injuries. In addition to overseeing continued clinical trial work and technology refinement, he is now focused on developing further applications of the technology. Beyond spinal cord injury, he sees potential benefits for stroke and traumatic brain injury patients and other types of sensory-motor rehabilitation. 

David Friedenberg, Ph.D.

David Friedenberg, Ph.D., Statistician

Dr. David Friedenberg has six years of experience in applying state-of-the-art machine learning methods to problems in neuroscience, astrophysics, analytical chemistry and medicine. He has been the algorithm and data analysis lead for the neural bypass collaboration between Battelle and The Ohio State University for the past two years. He analyzes complex high dimensional data and has developed several image processing tools. Dr. Friedenberg has extensive experience developing statistical software using R and Matlab, including developing Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs_ and integrating statistical software into larger software platforms. 

Nick Annetta

Nick Annetta, Research Scientist

Research Scientist Nick Annetta has more than five years of experience in the medical device field. His work includes projects focused on hardware for small, low power, on-body sensors as well as algorithms for high flux radiation detectors and portable electrocardiogram (ECG) systems. The devices he has helped develop are designed to diagnose and treat people that suffer from various conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart conditions, sepsis and breathing problems. On the NeuroLife™ team, he leads the electronic hardware design and is a key contributor on the software, data processing, algorithm development, and in the clinical studies. He has a passion for neurotechnology and all medical devices, not only because of his technical interest, but also because he has a desire to help those who suffer from health problems.