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Riaz Islam

Neuromodulation therapies have brought great promises to people suffering neurologic disorders, spinal cord injury, stroke and amputation. Despite the clinical success of these devices their spatiotemporal mechanism of neural elements activation is not well understood. My goal is to apply two photon microscopy in transgenic mice models and combine with computational modeling to investigate mechanism of neuromodulation therapies and potentially propose more effective therapies.


Previous work: Before starting PhD, I worked at the Neural Engineering Lab, Mayo Clinic. Where I worked on developing epidural stimulation based therapies to restore motor function in spinal cord injury (SCI) patients. We used rat model of SCI to develop novel therapies, then optimized them using a combination of computation model based on electrophysiology and kinematics, and large animal model experimentss, and finally we applied them in human subjects with complete SCI.  




Islam, R. et al (2017) (2017) "Multifaceted system for simultaneous locomotion and behavior assessment, training and promoting in rodent after neuromotor impairment.” (In Preparation)


Cuellar, C. A., Islam, R., Calvert, J. S., Grahn, P. J., Knudsen, B., … Lavrov, I. A. (2017). The Role of Functional Neuroanatomy of the Lumbar Spinal Cord in Effect of Epidural Stimulation, 11(September), 1–17.


Contributed: Grahn, P. J. et al., (2017). Enabling Task-Specific Volitional Motor Functions via Spinal Cord Neuromodulation in a Human With Paraplegia. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 92(4), 544–554.


Islam, R., Song, P., Cuellar, C., Grahn, P.J., K.E., Lee, Shigao, C., K.H., Lavrov, I.A. Investigation of Spinal Cord Vascular Activation Directed by Epidural Stimulation. Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, November 2017.


Islam, R., Cuellar, C., Grahn, P.J., K.E., Lee, K.H., Lavrov, I.A. Muti-modal Behavior Assessment Platform for Assessment of Neurologic Impairment in Rodent Model. Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, November 2017.


Islam, R., Cuellar, C., Grahn, P.J., K.E., Lee, K.H., Lavrov, I.A. Simultaneous Behavior and Kinematic Analysis Platform for Neuromotor Impaired Rodent. Brain Initiative Symposium. Rochester, MN. February 2017.


Islam, R., Calvert, J.S., Grahn, P.J., Lee, K. H., Lujan, L, Lavrov, I.A., Characterization of Stimulation Evoked Muscle Activity via Intraspinal and Epidural Stimulation in a Swine Model. Society for Neuroscience. San Diego, CA. November 2016.

Islam, R., Mamun, A.A., Bhuiyan, M.I.H., Rahman, S.M.M., "Segmentation and visualization of volumetric image for detection of tumor in cancerous brain," Electrical & Computer Engineering (ICECE), 2012 7th International Conference on, vol., pp.863, 866, 2012