Nick Langhals

Ph.D.
Program Director, Repair and Plasticity
nick.langhals@nih.gov
301-496-1447
nick.langhals@nih.gov
301-496-1447
Division
Division of Neuroscience
Cluster Group
Repair & Plasticity
Areas of Interest
Neural engineering with emphases in neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, brain-computer interface (BCI) devices, prosthetic control, and neural interface technology development

Nick B. Langhals, Ph.D. serves as Program Director for Neural Engineering within the Repair and Plasticity Cluster at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Dr. Langhals received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E. - 2001) from Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ). He received both a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E. - 2003) as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. - 2010) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI). Dr. Langhals has worked as a Senior Research Engineer within the Center for Neural Communication Technology (an NIH P41 Center) and also served as a consultant for Neuronexus Technologies (Ann Arbor, MI), Biotectix (Ann Arbor, MI), and Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI). He was also a co-founder of Rhythm Solutions, a University of Michigan startup company focused on the development and commercialization of automated algorithms and technologies for the diagnosis and monitoring of atrial fibrillation. Prior to arriving at the NIH in 2015, Dr. Langhals served as a Research Assistant Professor in the Plastic Surgery Section of the Department of Surgery and Assistant Research Scientist of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also held faculty membership in the University of Michigan Injury Center and the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. Dr. Langhals served as Co-Director of the Neuromuscular Laboratory, which has developed a regenerative peripheral nerve interface (RPNI) to extract prosthetic control signals and restore lost sensation to amputees for the control of replacement upper and lower extremity prostheses. His previous research activities have spanned: neural engineering, muscle / nerve physiology, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, muscle and nerve grafts and regeneration, tissue histology / immunohistochemistry, neuroprosthetics / neuroprostheses, neuromodulation, sensory restoration, cardiac electrophysiology, electrode design / fabrication, advanced materials, electrode modification using conductive polymers, signal processing and noise reduction, neural decoding algorithms, brain-machine / brain-computer interfaces, and drug delivery in the brain.