Christopher Ayers, Ph.D.
Advance the state-of-art in healthcare by leveraging a decade of interdisciplinary problem solving experience.
- 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
Graduate Student Researcher
University of Pittsburgh
August 2008 through December 2015
- 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.
Software Engineer II
BAE Systems, Inc., AIT
March 2006 through August 2008
- 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.
- 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
- Dissertation: Experimental Validation of a Primary Afferent Based Somatosensory Neuroprosthesis
- Awarded position in competitive Multimodal Neuroimaging Training Program
B.S. Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, December 2006
- Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, Engineering Legacy Scholarship, Northeastern Music Scholarship
- Capstone Team Leader – Spectral analysis of artwork using confocal fluorescence microscopy
- Ayers CA, Fisher LE, Gaunt RA, Weber DJ. “ Microstimulation of the Lumbar DRG Recruits Primary Afferent Neurons in Localized Regions of Lower Limb.,” J Neurophysiology : 51–60, 2016.
- Fisher LE, Ayers CA, Ciollaro M, Ventura V, Weber DJ, Gaunt RA. “ Chronic recruitment of primary afferent neurons by microstimulation in the feline dorsal root ganglia.,” J Neural Engineering 11: 36007, 2014.
- Weber D, London BM, Hokanson JA, Ayers CA, Gaunt RA, Torres RR, Zaaimi B, Miller LE. “Limb-state information encoded by peripheral and central somatosensory neurons: implications for an afferent interface.,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 19: 501–13, 2011.
- Hokanson JA, Ayers CA, Gaunt RA, Bruns T, and Weber DJ. “ Effects of spatial and temporal parameters of primary afferent microstimulation on neural responses evoked in primary somatosensory cortex of an anesthetized cat .,” Conf. Proc. IEEE Eng. Med. Biol. Soc., vol. 2011, pp. 7533–6, Jan. 2011.