ASU professor on the plausibility of Elon Musk’s brain implant plans

Last week, Elon Musk announced that his startup Neuralink, which aims to restore a person’s vision or assist people with mobility issues via chip implants in the brain, will begin human trials in six months. 

Explore our biomedical engineering degree programs

Biomedical engineers work at the interface of technology and medicine on challenges that are critical to the advancement of health and scientific discovery.

At ASU, we offer a rigorous program in biomedical engineering with opportunities for students to be involved in research, entrepreneurship, healthcare delivery, biomedical device design and global health.

Alumni spotlight

Nicole Haikalis

Veteran Nicole Haikalis has worked hard double-majoring in biomedical engineering and neuroscience while overcoming challenges and advocating for her peers.

Research

Academia and industry collaborate on solutions to neural disease and injury

The Building Reliable Advances and Innovation in Neurotechnology (BRAIN) Center is an Industry/University Collaborative Research Center at Arizona State University and the University of Houston. This partnership allows rigorous testing of efficacy, safety and long-term reliability of neurotechnology that would not be otherwise possible within the traditional ‘silos’ of academic, industry, regulatory and clinical communities.

Convergence Podcast

Assistant Professors Barbara Smith and Rosalind Sadleir discuss the scientific and societal impact of their research. Dr. Smith talks about how her new FLAME tool is helping navigate the deep brain, and Dr. Sadleir discusses measuring electrical conductivity to lead to better disease diagnostics through neural tissue imaging.

A conversation with Xiaojun Tian, Mehdi Nikkhah and David Brafman

Assistant Professor Xiaojun Tian, Associate Professor Mehdi Nikkhah and Assistant Professor David Brafman discuss their work in synthetic biology, microscale modeling and regenerative medicine.

Assistant Professors Benjamin Bartelle and Scott Beeman discuss advances in noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging and how it can be used to detect inflammation and quantify biologic structures and functions. 

News

Balancing reproductive responsibility

Balancing reproductive responsibility

An ASU capstone project created a new male contraceptive called EMIT and won the competitive Venture prize in the NIH DEBUT Challenge.

Annual reports