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Dr. Zachary IrwinAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest
deep brain stimulation, Parkinson's disease, functional and movement disorders

Dr. Irwin received his B.S. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. In 2012, he joined the lab of Dr. Cindy Chestek at the University of Michigan to pursue his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. He used intracortical and peripheral neural interfaces to study motor and sensory systems, developing neuroprosthetics to restore movement following spinal cord injury and amputation. After defending his thesis in 2016, he joined the lab of Dr. Harrison Walker in the Department of Neurology at UAB as a postdoctoral fellow. With Dr. Walker, he has been investigating the use of stimulus-evoked neural activity as an electrophysiological biomarker to guide deep brain stimulation in patients with movement disorders. Additionally, he has been collaborating with Dr. Nicole Bentley in the UAB Department of Neurosurgery to investigate cognitive aspects of Parkinson's disease and novel stimulation patterns to address these issues. In addition to collaborating with Dr. Walker and Dr. Bentley, Dr. Irwin plans to bring a brain-machine interface perspective to investigating the neural mechanisms behind movement disorder symptoms.



University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Biomedical Engineering


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Biomedical Engineering


Campus Address
JT 735

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