Brinnae Bent


Ph.D. Candidate

My passion for neural engineering stems from the caregiving roles I held at an Alzheimer’s nursing home and with Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. In my current role in the Viventi Lab, I am working towards advancing our understanding of the brain and neurological disorders through the development and testing of novel brain and spine interfaces. My work spans animal studies, clinical trials, and signal processing.  In my free time I go on adventures: traveling, wine-tasting, and summiting mountains.  I have found my passion in both running experiments and in running obstacle course races!

Contact Information


B.S. Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University (2016)

Research Interests

Current Projects:

  • Simultaneous recording and stimulation during Spinal Cord Stimulation and Dorsal Root Ganglion Stimulation
  • Closed loop feedback system for recording and stimulation
  • Analysis of micro-ECoG in epilepsy applications
  • Developing, testing, and implementing protocol for clinical research of various electrodes and systems
  • Animal behavioral studies 

Past Projects:

  • Assessed chronic reliability of electrode arrays in freely-moving rats (published, 2018)
  • Developed photoplethysmograph (PPG) probe for chronic respiratory monitor (NSF ASSIST Center) (published, 2015, 2016)
  • Worked on the design of the SleepiBand, a wearable sleep monitoring system (iBionicS Lab) (patent pending, 2016)
  • Coded GUI for clinical studies of the SleepiBand (iBionicS Lab)
  • Created sleep apnea mouthguard monitor (RiOT Hackathon)
  • Developed Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC) heart monitor (published, 2016)