Prof. Dr. Diego Ghezzi

Prof. Diego Ghezzi

Biography

Prof. Diego Ghezzi holds the Medtronic chair in neuroengineering at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He received his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (2004) and Ph.D. in Bioengineering (2008) from Politecnico di Milano. From 2008 to 2013, he completed his postdoctoral training at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova at the department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies; where he was promoted to Researcher in 2013. In 2015, he was appointed as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Bioengineering in the EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics.
His research activities are primarily focused on the implementation of novel technological approaches for sight restoration, and in general the development of neuro-artificial interfaces and tools for the non-invasive stimulation of the brain with light.

Mission

Our laboratory represents a bridge among researches on material science, engineering, and life science, with the mission of exploring novel interfaces for light modulation of neurons. The primarily exploitation of these technologies is represented by restoration of sight. In fact, the degeneration of the retinal outer nuclear layer represents one of the major causes of adult blindness in industrialized countries; despite the enormous effort and advances in the clinical treatment of eye diseases, there is no established method to prevent or cure it. Our activity will combine engineering and biotechnological tool in order to provide novel solutions for photoreceptor restoration or replacement.

Keywords

Neuro-optoelectronic interfaces; Visual prosthesis; Optical stimulation; Nanofabrication; Polymers; Neuroprosthetics; Biocompatibility; Visual system; Sight restoration; Sensory perception; Artificial photoreceptors.