About the Lab

The collaboration between the Neural Engineering Lab and the Division of Engineering received the inaugural Mayo Clinic Team Science Award in 2016.

The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory was founded in 2006 by Kendall H. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., a neurosurgeon and professor in the Mayo Clinic Department of Neurosurgery Research, in collaboration with Kevin E. Bennet, chair of the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering.

The Neural Engineering Laboratory takes a multidisciplinary approach to medical research, incorporating medical and surgical knowledge and engineering capability to develop techniques and advanced medical devices for neuromodulation.

The lab comprises a team of directors; four research teams: Neuroimaging, Smart DBS, Spinal Cord Injury and Electrode Development; an administration and operations core team; and an education program for students, fellows and temporary research staff.

In addition to its core staff, the Neural Engineering Lab collaborates closely with the electrical, mechanical, chemical and software engineers in the Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering on device invention, design and production.


The mission of the Neural Engineering Laboratory is to relieve human suffering by developing the knowledge and technology to effectively modulate central nervous system function.


The Neural Engineering Laboratory works toward the following goals:

  • Understand the biological mechanisms of action for neuromodulation
  • Invent lasting bioelectrical technologies and create devices and procedures for neuromodulation of human patients
  • Pioneer less-invasive neurosurgical techniques
  • Translate gained knowledge into medical practice
  • Train the next generation of leaders in neuroscience and functional neurosurgery