Gomez, graduate student in electrical engineering, is the recipient of a
Graduate Research Fellowship to support his research related to treating
Mr. Gomez is currently investigating a new technique that is receiving
widespread attention across the medical field for treating depression,
Alzheimer's, and other brain conditions called Transcranial Magnetic
Stimulation, or simply TMS. The goal of TMS is to stimulate the neurons in
the brain, which in turn may cause improvement in a variety of neurological
conditions. More specifically, one or more current-carrying coils located
near the scalp pump magnetic fields into the brain; these fields then excite
neuronal tissue. TMS relies on the ability to spatially control field
distributions inside the brain. However, optimal TMS systems for focusing
fields inside the brain have not been developed.
Luis describes the current goal of his research as follows: to (i)
develop CPU and memory efficient integral equation (IE) computational
electromagnetic (CEM) solvers for analyzing complex TMS systems and (ii) to
then use these solvers to study new TMS systems capable of producing highly
localized brain excitations. The new TMS systems will leverage new coil
designs and magnetostatic metamaterials lenses.
Luis Gomez is pursuing this project in collaboration with
Prof. Eric Michielssen
and Prof. Tony Grbic in
the EECS Department, and with
Prof. Luis Hernandez in Bioengineering.
The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for
graduate study leading to research-based masterís or doctoral degrees in the
fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and is
intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.