University of Wisconsin-Madison, US
Dr. Justin Williams is a faculty member in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from ASU and went on to do postdoctoral fellowships in neurosurgery at the University of Wisconsin and neuroengineering at the University of Michigan. Williams’ main research involves creating microchip devices that can be implanted into the brain to help people living with severe neurological diseases such as spinal cord injury and ALS. Part of that research includes using the implanted chips to control computers for people who have severe motor disabilities. As an adjunct, his lab also employs ‘lab on a chip’ technologies to better understand how neural tissue interacts with technology at the micro/nano scale. His work has been featured in TIME and Wired Magazines as well as being covered in numerous news outlets such as CNN, NPR, Fox News and the Discovery Channel. He was recently named a Clinical Research Scholar by the National Institutes of Health and received a Career Award in Translational Research by the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. He is currently co-director of the NIH sponsored Clinical Neuroengineering Training Program at the University of Wisconsin.