Professor Xie’s research focuses on exploring and exploiting nanomaterials/structures in biomedical applications. Living cells/tissue and man-made devices are distinctly different systems. A seamless integration of the two can help us better understand, interact with, and augment to the living systems, which requires a nexus of new materials, novel designs, and innovative implementations.
Currently, the Nanoscale Neural Interface Lab is mainly interested in applying advanced nanoelectronic devices to various neural systems. Ongoing projects include high-density neural probes for brain activity mapping, more biocompatible neural probes for a chronically stable brain-machine interface, and 3D neuronal culture – nanoelectronics hybrid for an in vitro ‘brain-like’ model system.