Aviad Hai is a neuroengineer and a neuroscientist whose work focuses on developing innovative neurotechnologies for accessing the nervous system—towards achieving a broader understanding of brain function. Dr. Hai has been developing cutting edge electrical, magnetic, and electromagnetic sensors for large-scale recording of brain recording and neuroimaging.
At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Hai developed implantable sensors that detect electromagnetic fields in the brain wirelessly (Hai et al., 2018, Nat Biomed Eng). This work built upon his research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he pioneered nano-scale devices for multiplexed recording of neuronal intracellular signals (e.g. Hai et al., 2010,Nat Methods; for review purposes, see: Spira & Hai, 2013, Nat Nanotechnology). Dr. Hai has also developed technologies for direct imaging of neurotransmitter dynamics across large volumes of the brain (Hai et al., 2016, Neuron). All of these efforts cohere with the goal of providing neuroscientists and neurologists with a complete toolbox for understanding electrical and neurochemical activity across the nervous system.
Dr. Hai’s newly established laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is continuing to develop and apply novel nanotechnology and bioengineering approaches, combining them with neurobiological studies to elucidate the principles underlying neural network activity across the entire brain.