nanoHUB-U Introduction to Bioelectricity: Scientific Overview

By Pedro Irazoqui

Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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Fundamentals of bioelectricity of the mammalian nervous system. Passive and active forms of electric signaling in both intra and inter-cellular communication at the atomic, molecular, and engineered device level. Mathematical analysis including the Nernst equation, core conductors, cable theory, and the Hodgkin-Huxley Model of the action potential. Neuromodulation with nano-engineered sensors and actuators.

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  • Week 1: Fundamentals of bioelectricity
  • Week 2: Bioelectric signaling
  • Week 3: Passive conduction
  • Week 4: Active conduction
  • Week 5: Nano-engineering therapeutic interventions


Pedro Irazoqui Dr. Irazoqui received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire, Durham in 1997 and 1999 respectively, and the Ph.D. in Neuroengineering from the University of California at Los Angeles in 2003 for work on the design, manufacture, and packaging, of implantable integrated-circuits for wireless neural recording.

He is director of Purdue’s Center for Implantable Devices, associate head for research and associate professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. His group develops wireless implantable devices for various potential applications including monitoring and suppression of epileptic seizures; prosthesis control for injured military personnel; modulation of cardiac arrhythmias; treatment of depression, and gastroparesis, a partial paralysis of the stomach; and monitoring and therapeutic modulation of intraocular pressure for glaucoma.

He has been named Showalter Faculty Scholar, and Purdue University Faculty Scholar, both in 2013. He is a senior member of IEEE. He has received the Best Teacher Award from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (2006 & 2009), the Early Career Award from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation (2007 & Phase II in 2009), the Marion B. Scott Excellence in Teaching Award from Tau Beta Pi (2008), and the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering (2009), as well as the Excellence in Research Award from Purdue in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He has been serving as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering since late 2006.

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