Dr. Nathalia Peixoto

Dr. Peixoto is an Associate professor of Bioengineering with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of GMU. Until August 2006, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Krasnow Institute, focusing on seizure control with low-frequency electric fields. Also, she developed microfabricated oxygen sensors to profile metabolic activity in cardiac cells at Stanford. During her PhD at USP (Brazil), she developed microelectrode arrays and investigated primary neuronal cultures. As part of her PhD project, she spent almost two years in Germany (in Bonn) as a researcher with the German Retina Implant project. During her Masters (at Unicamp, Brazil) she investigated the spreading depression phenomenon in the chicken retina, which is an experimental model for migraines.

Her research interests include implantable electrodes and systems, hybrid systems (cell cultures and electronics), control of assistive technology, bioMEMS (bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems), and experimental models of neuropathologies such as epilepsy and spreading depression.


  Dr. Michael E. von Fricken

Dr. Michael E. von Fricken is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Global and Community Health. His research interests include vector-borne disease surveillance, control, and pathogen discovery. He has ongoing projects in Kenya, Mongolia, and Haiti focusing specifically on emerging pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks and has conducted international training workshops on appropriate field methodology and data management for vector-borne disease research. His work has had a direct impact on guiding treatment policies of Rickettsial infections in Mongolia and the management of malaria in Haiti. He received his PhD from the University of Florida and completed his postdoctoral fellowship with Duke University, Division of Infectious Disease. He is now currently a Research Associate with the Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, and holds a Visiting Scientist designation with the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Diagnostic Systems Division, based out of Fort Detrick, MD.


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