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David Borton

  • Assistant Professor of Engineering
  • Assistant Professor of Engineering
  • Brown University
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Research interests



My research addresses three fundamental questions in which I am impassioned to make a difference: (i) Do motor cortices dynamically represent context; (ii) How does the diseased or damaged brain produce movement?; (iii) Can we envision more stable neuromotor prosthetics? I believe we now have a technological platform available to achieve such an untethering of basic neuroscience experiments and believe we must formally approach fundamental brain science questions regarding context-dependence, natural processing of movement, and subsequently design optimized neuroprosthetic technologies informed and stabilized by this new information. Such an untethered neuromotor analysis platform will in parallel enhance our understanding of circuitopathies associated with neuromotor disease and insult, and may guide the application of appropriate neuroprosthetic technologies along the spectrum of cognitive diseases.

Co-authors (83)

Recent publications

  • Erratum: Integrated device for combined optical neuromodulation and electrical recording for chronic in vivo applications (Journal of Neural Engineering (2012) 9 (016001))

    • Wang J
    • Wagner F
    • Mohamed D
    • et al.
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  • Integrated optoelectronics for neural stimulation and recording in freely moving animals

    • Wang J
    • Borton D
    • Zhang J
    • et al.

Professional experience

Assistant Professor of Engineering

Brown University

August 2014 - Present

Postdoctoral fellow

Ecole Polytechnique Fedérale de Lausanne

November 2012 - November 2014(2 years)

PhD Student

Brown University

June 2006 - May 2012(6 years)


Washington University in St.Louis

August 2002 - May 2006(4 years)


Carpe Stellarem

January 2001 - January 2004(3 years)



Ecole Polytechnique Fedérale de Lausanne

November 2012 - August 2014(2 years)

PhD Biomedical Engineering

Brown University

August 2006 - May 2012(6 years)


Washington University in St. Louis

August 2002 - December 2005(3 years)