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Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad

  • Assistant Professor

Appointments

Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering
Core staff scientist, Washington National Primate Center, Division of Neuroscience

Biography

Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad joined the University of Washington this fall as the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering in the departments of bioengineering and electrical engineering. Yazdan-Shahmorad is the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association, providing funding for her research at the University of California, San Francisco. She has developed new tools and techniques for implementing optogenetics in non-human primates (NHPs) and rats, and she currently uses these tools to induce and study targeted plasticity in sensorimotor connections in NHPs. Her long-term goal is to use neural technologies to develop stimulation-based therapies to help restore function and mobility in people with neurological disorders such as stroke. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering at Tehran Polytechnic University and University of Tehran, Iran, respectively, and earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011. Yazdan-Shahmorad is the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Brain Grand Challenges Young Investigator Award. Her research in targeted sensorimotor plasticity was selected as a hot topic of 2016 by the Society for Neuroscience.

Research Interests

Neural Engineering,  Neural interfaces, Optogenetics, Brain stimulation, Neurorehabilitation, Stroke rehabilitation, Stimulation-based therapies.

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Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad joins UW next fall as the Washington Research Foundation Innovation Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering in the departments of bioengineering and electrical engineering.

Azadeh is the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association, providing funding for her current research at the University of California, San Francisco. She has developed new tools and techniques for implementing optogenetics in non-human primates (NHPs) and rats, and she currently uses these tools to induce and study targeted plasticity in sensorimotor connections in NHPs.

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Through these multiple collaborations, the UW is inventing and improving treatments for patients with a variety of neural and mobility problems, such as stroke, paralysis, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

One of many projects involves Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Josh Smith, who leads an international team of researchers to develop an implantable wireless device that can assess, stimulate and block the activity of nerves that control organs. As a part of the the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge, the team is working on an implantable device that could help restore bladder function for people with spinal cord injuries or millions of others who suffer from incontinence.

The University of Washington is an internationally recognized leader in innovation. In neuroengineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering and the department’s several other partners, offers the opportune place for exceptional research discovery. These recruits bring a new expertise in groundbreaking technologies for brain recording and manipulation. This partnership will develop new devices and approaches to understand and intervene in nervous system function.

This collaboration will also help develop a strong base of future researchers. Through these new hires, electrical engineering students will obtain additional opportunities for academic growth. New collaborative projects in neuroengineering and immunoengineering offer students a unique range of skills, tools and expertise.

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Azadeh is the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association, providing funding for her current research at the University of California, San Francisco. She has developed new tools and techniques for implementing optogenetics in non-human primates (NHPs) and rats, and she currently uses these tools to induce and study targeted plasticity in sensorimotor connections in NHPs.

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The two faculty bring robust expertise in neuroengineering and neural computation. They will join outstanding UW teams in brain-machine interfaces, neuronal plasticity and neuronal learning. In addition to the Departments of Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering, the faculty will collaborate with top, high-impact partners, including: UW’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), University of Washington Institute for Neuroengineering (UWIN), the Washington Research Foundation (WRF), the Washington National Primate Research Center (WaNPRC), UW’s Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute and UW’s Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine.

“For the last couple of years, we have been looking to hire extraordinary faculty members in the area of rehabilitation technologies and devices for spinal cord injury and stroke,” Electrical Engineering Professor and Chair Radha Poovendran said. “These transformative faculty hires will strengthen our ongoing work at UW, led by Rajesh Rao [director of CSNE] and Chet Moritz [associate professor of rehabilitation medicine]. We acknowledge the support of the Claire Booth Luce Foundation and the Washington Research Foundation in these hiring efforts. The barrier to collaboration is indeed zero at UW.”

Through these multiple collaborations, the UW is inventing and improving treatments for patients with a variety of neural and mobility problems, such as stroke, paralysis, traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.

One of many projects involves Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and Engineering Josh Smith, who leads an international team of researchers to develop an implantable wireless device that can assess, stimulate and block the activity of nerves that control organs. As a part of the the GlaxoSmithKline Bioelectronics Innovation Challenge, the team is working on an implantable device that could help restore bladder function for people with spinal cord injuries or millions of others who suffer from incontinence.

The University of Washington is an internationally recognized leader in innovation. In neuroengineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering and the department’s several other partners, offers the opportune place for exceptional research discovery. These recruits bring a new expertise in groundbreaking technologies for brain recording and manipulation. This partnership will develop new devices and approaches to understand and intervene in nervous system function.

This collaboration will also help develop a strong base of future researchers. Through these new hires, electrical engineering students will obtain additional opportunities for academic growth. New collaborative projects in neuroengineering and immunoengineering offer students a unique range of skills, tools and expertise.

Amy Orsborn will join the EE faculty from New York University in January 2018. Azadeh Yazdan-Shahmorad will join the EE faculty from the University of California, San Francisco in September 2017.
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Azadeh is the recipient of two postdoctoral fellowships from the American Heart Association, providing funding for her current research at the University of California, San Francisco. She has developed new tools and techniques for implementing optogenetics in non-human primates (NHPs) and rats, and she currently uses these tools to induce and study targeted plasticity in sensorimotor connections in NHPs.

Her long-term goal is to use neural technologies to develop stimulation-based therapies to help restore function and mobility in people with neurological disorders such as stroke. She received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biomedical engineering at Tehran Polytechnic University and University of Tehran, Iran, respectively, and earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan in 2011.

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Representative Publications

  • A. Yazdan-Shahmorad, M. J. Lehmkuhle, G. J. Gage, H. Parikh, T. Marzullo, R. M. Miriani and D. R. Kipke, “Estimation of electrode location in rat motor cortex by laminar analysis of electrophysiology and intracortical electrical stimulation” Journal of Neural Engineering. 8 (2011) 046018. PMID: 21690656.
  • A. Yazdan-Shahmorad, D. R. Kipke, M. J. Lehmkuhle, “Polarity of cortical electrical stimulation differentially affects neuronal activity of deep and superficial layers of rat motor cortex”, Brain Stimulation Journal (2011). Oct;4(4):228-41. PMID: 22032738, PMCID: PMC3204189.
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Education

  • Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering, 2011
    University of Michigan
  • M.S. Electrical Engineering (Bioelectric Engineering), 2003
    University of Tehran
  • B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, 2001
    Tehran Polytechnic