|BrainGate Turning Thought into Action|
Janos A. Perge was born and raised in Hungary where he earned his Ms in biology majoring in neuroscience. He then earned a neuroscience Ph.D. from Utrecht University, The Netherlands where he recorded the activity of single neurons in visual cortex, researching how the brain processes visual motion. Janos worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, investigating the relationship between size, information transfer and energy consumption of nerve tracts. There he found that size does matter: thick nerve axons are disproportionally expensive in terms of space and metabolic energy consumption, consequently, the brain uses large axons sparingly and sends most information by small caliber fibers.
Currently, as a postdoctoral research associate with the BrainGate research team at Brown, he analyzes brain signals recorded from clinical trial participants. Specifically, he is studying fluctuations in neural signal and system performance over time, seeking to identify the biological or technical sources that contribute to these changes. This study will be important in developing a reliable, implantable brain computer interface that will operate for decades or longer.