Dr. Lai received her Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Control Engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, in 2011. After graduation, she took a transitional Postdoctoral Research Fellow position at Department of Materials Science and Engineering at National Chiao Tung University, where she further developed novel nanostructured layer composite materials for improving electrode surface. she then moved to USA to receive additional training as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Department of Neurology and Biomedical Research Imaging Center at University of North Carolina, where she served as the head of Deep Brain Stimulation Imaging Research group and Manager of 9.4T MRI Laboratory. In 2013-2015, she was a Senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Chang Gung University and Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan, leading electrophysiological and MRI studies in nonhuman primate and rodent at Somatosensory Neurophysiology Laboratory. In 2015, she enrolled Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience and Technology at Zhejiang University (ZIINT) as a PI.
Dr. Lai’s research interest is in neuroengineering and translational system neuroscience, with Bio-Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS) sensor, Ultra-high Field MRI, Electrophysiology, Neural Coding, Optical Genetic, Optical Microscopy, and Neuromodulation as major research tools. Her goal is to utilize cutting-edge neuroengineering approaches to investigate neuroscience and treat neurological diseases. Current Research and Future Directions: Development of multi-functional neuroprobe-microchips Neural coding for cutaneous senses and the integration of somatosensory and visual systems Deep brain stimulation therapy for Parkinson’s disease: dissecting neural circuits to the development of effective treatment (electrical and/or optogenetic stimulation)