Bioelectronic Medicine

The Bioelectronic Medicine Team is a new venture in the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory. The team applies concepts learned from the lab's experience with central nervous system modulation to peripheral nerve and non-nervous system targets. By developing minimally invasive microscale electrodes, injectable stimulator and sensing devices, and new techniques to take advantage of them, the team aims to use control of the autonomic nervous system to treat diseases that have not traditionally been thought of as neurological, such as hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, obesity and sleep apnea.

Bioelectronic medicine is individualized medicine, and future generations of these therapies will be able to monitor induced and naturally occurring biochemical fluctuations and stimulate a patient's body to produce its own therapeutic biochemicals for treatment, reducing the need for and even replacing artificial drugs.

The Bioelectronic Medicine Team is led by Kip A. Ludwig, Ph.D., the Neural Engineering Laboratory's associate director of technology.

Meet the team

  • Erika K. Ross, Ph.D.
    • Associate Project Manager
    • Dr. Ross completed her Bachelor of Science in biology and business, followed by her Master of Science in molecular biology at the University of Denver in Colorado. She then came to the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Lab, where she completed her doctoral training studying the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation.
  • Evan N. Nicolai
    • Research Technologist
    • Evan Nicolai completed his Bachelor of Science in health sciences at the University of Minnesota Rochester. He focuses on microelectrode design and chronic microelectrode implantation for deep brain stimulation (DBS) and in vivo electrochemistry as part of the Smart DBS Team. Inspired by the work he has conducted in the Neural Engineering Lab, he plans to apply to M.D.-Ph.D. programs so that he may continue to perform research in the neurosciences that impacts medicine as a physician scientist.