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Under the Surgical Sea

A photograph of BME researchers performing surgery on a sea slug.

Tim Bruns, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Engineering and his students are situated for a mock surgery. From left are Aileen Ouyang, Ahmed Jiman,Lauren Zimmerman, Zachariah Sperry and Tim Bruns. Bruns' lab performs in vivo studies to develop interfaces with the peripheral nervous system. In these studies they seek to understand how the nervous system works and to obtain functional control over an end organ. In general they focus on autonomic organs, including a primary lab goal of restoring bladder function through stimulation and recording from specific nerves. They are "planning" surgical steps towards implanting bladder catheters and also placing electrodes of different types (cuff, penetrating) on to their target nerves. In their procedures, it is important to maintain proper animal vitals, just like for people undergoing surgery. May 9th, 2017. Ann Arbor, MI. Photo by Marcin Szczepanski/Multimedia Director and Senior Producer, University of Michigan, College of Engineering