Amy Orsborn will join UW in January 2018 as the Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and in Bioengineering. Amy works at the interface of engineering and neuroscience to study motor learning and to improve brain-machine interfaces (BMI) to restore motor function to people with disabilities such as limb loss, stroke or spinal injury.
Amy is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Center for Neural Science at New York University, where she develops platforms to stimulate, record and map neural activity across multiple spatial scales. She combines neural circuit mapping with BMI to study how the brain adapts and learns complex skills.
Her work also explores how to combine brain adaptation with machine learning to make BMIs that provide more natural and intuitive control for patients. She received her bachelor’s in engineering physics from Case Western Reserve University in 2007, and her doctorate degree from the UC Berkeley–UCSF graduate program in bioengineering in 2013.
Amy has received fellowships from the National Science Foundation and American Heart Association, and in September was named a L’Oreal 2016 For Women in Science Fellow.