Research Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Austin
United States of America
Dr. Luan was trained as an experimental physicist. During her doctoral (Stanford University, 2011) and postdoctoral (Harvard University, 2011-2014) research, she developed novel electrical and magnetic scanning probes and used them to study exotic material properties at low energy scales. Her research currently focuses on the development of a multimodal neural interface that combines recording, imaging, and stimulation, and its combinatorial applications in basic neuroscience and disease models. Her current effort focuses on three endeavors: 1.) Combining spatially resolved neural recording with functional imaging of hemodynamics for improved understanding of neurovascular coupling in health and in disease models such as stroke, hypertension, and hypertensive stroke. 2.) The effect of longitudinal microstimulations with ultraflexible electrodes on individual neurons, neuronal population, and behavior. 3.) Further development of ultraflexible electrodes for prescise recording and manipulation of individual neurons in a closedl-loop and activity-guide chronic system. With these intervened efforts, she wishes to better understand the damaging mechanisms of neurological and neurovascular diseases, and to develop effective invention strategies with minimal adverse side effects.
Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation