Eric Atkinson

eric-atkinson-100x133Eric Atkinson
Ph.D. student
Interdisciplinary Science with specialization in Neuroscience
ericwayne@ufl.edu
Tissue-device interfaces
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Eric finished his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering with a minor in Biomechanics at the University of Florida in 2011. Upon graduation, he continued his work with Dr. Michael Okun analyzing electrophysiological data collected from human patients undergoing deep-brain stimulation treatment for Tourette’s syndrome. Eric then began working under Dr. Ben Dunn conducting research focusing on drug design for targets involved in infectious diseases (e.g., HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria). In 2015, he earned his Master’s of Science degree in Medical Science at the University of Florida under the mentorship of Dr. Jason Coleman. His research with Dr. Coleman examined neural plasticity changes due to chronic hypoxia in neonates. Eric is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Science with a specialization in Neuroscience through the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. His research interests focus on understanding the tissue-electrode interface of chronically implanted neural devices. He hopes to develop novel approaches to improving recording longevity.

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