Christopher Ayers, Ph.D.


Advance the state-of-art in healthcare by leveraging a decade of interdisciplinary problem solving experience.

Engineering Skills
  • Bioengineering: Multi-Electrode Array Recording & Stimulation, Electroneurography (ENG), Electromyography (EMG)
  • Software: MATLAB, C++ (Microsoft, GNU, Boost), LabVIEW, Python, Shell Scripting
  • General: Statistical Analysis, Machine Learning, Motion Tracking, Experiment Design

Research Experience
Graduate Student Researcher
University of Pittsburgh
August 2008 through December 2015
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Designed, executed and analyzed complex neurophysiology experiments to produce vital data used to win research grants (DARPA: $5.8M, NIH: $3.25M) for funding early clinical translation studies and new lines of inquiry.
  • Characterized the performance of a new brain machine interface for artificial sensory feedback by utilizing cutting edge neurotechnology and integrating software, electrical and biomedical engineering techniques.
  • Condensed years of complex datasets into easily understood summaries for publication and presentation to the scientific community as well as to funding agencies.
  • Created critical software used by lab staff of 12 for data collection, analysis, and management. Shared with collaborators.
  • Published experimental results in one article as lead author, three as a shared author.
  • Led a team of 12 researchers and 2 technicians over the course of complicated multi day experiments.

Industry Experience
Software Engineer II
BAE Systems, Inc., AIT
March 2006 through August 2008
Burlington, MA

  • Followed CMM Level 3 Software Process to plan, design, document, implement and review code.
  • Integrated company technology with deployed systems; provided on-site support.
  • Presented software performance and integration status to other contractors and government agencies.
  • Added critical functionality to company target tracking and data fusion technology.

Other Experience
  • 2016: Completed a year long self-supported 12,500 mile bike trip across North America
  • 2011-2015: Core volunteer and council member at Free Ride Community Bike Shop

University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. Bioengineering, December 2015
Pittsburgh, PA

  • Dissertation: Experimental Validation of a Primary Afferent Based Somatosensory Neuroprosthesis
  • Awarded position in competitive Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program

Northeastern University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, December 2006
Boston, MA

  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Engineering Legacy Scholarship, Northeastern Music Scholarship
  • Capstone Team Leader – Spectral analysis of artwork using confocal fluorescence microscopy