Shaomin Zhang



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He received his B.Sc. And Ph.D in Biomedical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He carried out his Ph.D dessertation research in the laboratory of Prof. Xiaoxiang Zheng on the protective effects of Chinese traditional medicine on cerebral ischemia using microdialysis and electrophysiological methods with middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) model rat. He worked as a research assistant to study the effects of functional electrical stimulation (FES) on post-stroke rehabilitation with Prof. Raymond Tong in Hong Kong Polytechnic University from 2004 to 2006. After that, he became interested in Brain-Machine Interfaces and began to work on Roborat (Animal-robots). During his postdoctoral studies, he found that the decoding performance could be improved by combining of LFP and spike signals or using adaptive neural decoders. He also took part in setting up the first nonhuman primate brain-machine interface Lab in China. From 2012 to 2014, he joined the BrainGate research team led by Prof. John Donoghue and Prof. Leigh Hochberg as a visiting scholar in the Brown Institute for Brain Science, Brown University, where he mainly focused on analyzing the single unit activities and local field potentials from clinical research sessions.


Area of Specialization/Research Interest

Biomedical engineering, Neural engineering, Neuroprosthetics, Brain-computer interfaces, Neurorehabilitation, Motor system neurophysiology, Human cortical physiology using ECoG and EEG, Implantable medical devices

Selected Publications

1.     Wang, D., Q. Zhang, Y. Li, Y. Wang, J. Zhu, S. Zhang and X. Zheng(2014). "Long-term decoding stability of local field potentials from silicon arrays in primate motor cortex during a 2D center out task." JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING11(0360093).

2.    Perge, J. A., S. Zhang, W. Q. Malik, M. L. Homer, S. Cash, G. Friehs, E. N. Eskandar, J. P. Donoghue and L. R. Hochberg(2014). "Reliability of directional information in unsorted spikes and local field potentials recorded in human motor cortex." JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING11(0460074).

3.    Q.Zhang, S. Zhang, Y. Hao, H. Zhang, J. Zhu, T. Zhao, J. Zhang, Y. Wang, X. Zheng and W. Chen(2012). "Development of an invasive brain-machine interface with a monkey model." CHINESE SCIENCE BULLETIN57(16): 2036-2045.

4.    S.Zhang,B. Jiang, J. Zhu, Q. Zhang, W. Chen, X. Zheng and T. Zhao(2011). "A Study on Combining Local Field Potential and Single Unit Activity for Better Neural Decoding." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMAGING SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY21(2SI): 165-172.

5.    S. Zhang, Y. Liao, X. Zheng, W. Chen and Y. Wang(2011). "Decoding the Nonstationary Neural Activity in Motor Cortex for Brain Machine Interfaces." INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF IMAGING SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY21(2SI): 158-164.

6.    Feng, Z., W. Chen, X. Ye, S. Zhang, X. Zheng, P. Wang, J. Jiang, L. Jin, Z. Xu, C. Liu, F. Liu, J. Luo, Y. Zhuang and X. Zheng(2007). "A remote control training system for rat navigation in complicated environment." JOURNAL OF ZHEJIANG UNIVERSITY-SCIENCE A8(2): 323-330.

7.    Zeng, X., Z. Shaomin, Le Zhang, Z. Keping and Z. Xiaoxiang(2006). "A study of the neuroprotective effect of the phenolic glucoside gastrodin during cerebral ischemia in vivo and in vitro." PLANTA MEDICA72(15): 1359-1365.

8.    Xu, X. H., S. M. Zhang, W. M. Yan, X. R. Li, H. Y. Zhang and X. X. Zheng(2006). "Development of cerebral infarction, apoptotic cell death and expression of X-chromosome-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein following focal cerebral ischemia in rats." LIFE SCIENCES78(7): 704-712.

9.    Leung, L. Y., K. Y. Tong, S. M. Zhang, X. H. Zeng, K. P. Zhang and X. X. Zheng(2006). "Neurochemical effects of exercise and neuromuscular electrical stimulation on brain after stroke: A microdialysis study using rat model." NEUROSCIENCE LETTERS397(1-2): 135-139.

10.  Xu, X. H., S. M. Zhang, L. Zhang, W. M. Yan and X. X. Zheng(2005). "The neuroprotection of puerarin against cerebral ischemia is associated with the prevention of apoptosis in rats." PLANTA MEDICA71(7): 585-591.

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