Borton Lab

Designing, developing, and deploying neurotechnology to better understand the nervous system and improve human lives

In the News

The team is at SfN this week! Come visit posters: U8 (Sat PM), U9 (Sat PM), U10 (Sat PM), D51 (Sat PM), E26 (Mon AM)

Sophie Brown receives the Carney Institute for Brain Science Graduate Award in recognition of her outstanding exploration microglia's role in the development of Alzheimer's Disease – Congrats!

So proud of our three latest latest Ph.D.'s Dr. Anusha Allawala, Dr. Dmitrijs Celinkis, and Dr. Christopher Black – so excited for each of you!


We are funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institute for Neurological Disease and Stroke, the National Institute for Mental Health, and the Department of Veterans Affiars.

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

The Borton lab is committed to creating an environment for the team that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honors your identities (including race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, etc.). Our lab seeks to recruit, support, and retain members from diverse backgrounds and groups that have historically been underrepresented in the sciences. As a team, we are committed to creating a learning and working environment where individuals feel supported and invested in the lab mission, and each other.


We are always looking for driven team members to help us design, build and implement novel neurotechnology for investigating the nervous system. Students with an electrical/biomedical engineering and/or neuroscience background are encouraged to apply. If interested in joining the lab, please send a note to our inbox (), and we will get back to you.

Research staff openings

We do not have any Research staff openings at this time.

Postdoctoral Research Associate openings

General announcement

We invite applications for Postdoctoral Research Associates to help advance our laboratory mission. Specific areas of interest are electrophysiology analysis, biomarker detection in complex brain and spinal cord signals, as well as implantable hardware development. Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.

Interested candidates should email CV and recent publications to Prof. Borton ( ) directly with reference to potential project details

Doctoral student openings

General announcement

We are always eager to bring motivated, creative, and rigorously trained students on to our team. Interested students should explore the Brown University Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Neuroscience graduate programs to familiarize themselves with the university.

Interested candidates should email a CV to Prof. Borton ( ) directly

Understanding the volitional control of movement

We aim at determining how sensorimotor cortex in nonhuman primates contributes to the control of volitional adjustments to locomotion in an adaptive manner. The ability to modify gait with precise, voluntary adjustments is what allows animals to navigate complex terrains and to execute skilled actions during ongoing pursuits. Beyond the relevance to the basic neuroscience of sensorimotor control of locomotion, the aims of the project are essential for the development of new mobility therapies, including brain-machine interfaces, for restoring walking and volitional leg control in people with paralysis. We are recruiting exceptional doctoral students to peform this exciting computational and experimental research. See here for more details on the project.

Interested candidates should applt to the Brown University Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program

3D in vitro models of neuroinflammation

We aim to build a modeling tool to study human microglia in health and in disease, with specific applicaiton to glial contributions to Alzheimer's Disease pathogenesis. We focus on the neuroinflammatory mechanisms of Alzheimer's Disease. We are developing a hybrid in vitro model to study human iPSC-derived microglia (iMGs) in a 3D xenoculture system. See here for more details on the project.

Interested candidates should applt to the Brown University Biomedical Engineering Doctoral Program

Masters student openings

We do not have any Masters student openings at this time.

Undergraduate student openings

General annoucement

We invite undergraduate students with strong computer science background, neuroscience background, or biology background and a desire to make an impact on human health to reach out to the Borton Lab.

Interested candidates should email the laboratory inbox (), and we will get back to you.