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Amol Yadav

Mary Ellen Jones 9202B, UNC Chapel Hill

  • 2015 - PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University
  • 2010 - MS in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University


Amol Yadav is an Assistant Professor in the UNC_NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill. He earned his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2015 from Duke University in the laboratory of Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, where he developed tools to advance brain-machine interfaces using spinal cord neuromodulation, and pioneered technologies such as brain-spine interfaces, multi-animal brain-nets and closed-loop stimulation. As a postdoctoral scholar in Duke Neurosurgery, he was awarded the Germinator Research Award for his translational neuromodulation work in non-human primates and human subjects. In 2023, he received the prestigious NIH Director’s New Innovator award ($2.33 million) and was also the recipient of the K12 Early Career Investigator award (relinquished) from NIH-NCATS. He leads the Brain-Spine-Machine Interfaces lab, which aims to develop neural interfaces for augmentation, restoration, and modulation of sensorimotor function in pre-clinical animal models and human subjects using neuroprosthetics and brain-machine interfaces. His research lies at the intersection of Neuroscience and Engineering, and the lab specializes in spinal cord stimulation, high-density neural recording, computational modeling, behavioral experimentation in rodents and human clinical trials with invasive technologies. To advance translational ideas and to bridge the gap between pre-clinical and clinical research, the lab collaborates with surgeons, clinicians, basic scientists and other engineers. 

Research Interests

Rehabilitation Engineering
Neural engineering


NIH Director's New Innovator Award - 2023 - National Institutes of Health
K12 Early Career Investigator - 2023 - Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences (relinquished)
Germinator Research Award - 2019 - Duke Institute of Brain Sciences

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