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Dr. Stephen Foldes is a research assistant professor of neuroscience research in the Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital and an adjunct graduate faculty in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at ASU. He leads the Applied Neuroscience and Technology lab which seeks to better evaluate and promote brain health in clinical populations using multimodal neuroimaging. The lab is particularly interested in characterizing how the brain is changed with neural dysfunction, as well as developing technological interventions that promote therapeutic neuroplasticity. Methods include imaging (MRI, DTI, morphometry), electrophysiology (magnetoencephalography - MEG, EEG, and ECoG), and neuromodulation. The lab works directly with patient populations, including epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

Dr. Foldes’s training is in biomedical engineering and clinical neuroscience with an emphasis on understanding neural dysfunction and developing technology to improve quality of life for patients. Previously, Dr. Foldes trained at the Univ. of Pittsburgh in the Rehabilitation Neural Engineering Laboratories, where he utilized advanced neuroimaging to investigate the functional and structural brain changes that occur after paralysis and the potential for brain-computer interfaces to promote neuroplasticity. His doctoral work at Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland FES center focused on neural and rehabilitation engineering with an emphasis on developing technologies that could directly improve patient care. Here, he developed and evaluated EEG-based brain-computer interfaces to control a neuroprosthesis in realistic settings by individuals with paralysis. During his training, Dr. Foldes was awarded three individual fellowships (the Craig Neilsen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, the NIH Predoctoral Fellowship (NRSA-F31), and the VA Predoctoral Rehabilitation Research Fellowship) and has gained extensive experience in neuroplasticity, neuroimaging, signal processing, dimensionality reduction, machine learning, source localization, functional connectivity, and real-time neural decoding techniques.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Physical Medicine & Rehab, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 2011-2016
  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve Univ., 2011
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve Univ., 2007
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Purdue Univ., 2004



Research Interests: 

Clinical neuroplasticity, neuroimaging (MRI, DTI, morphometry), electrophysiology (magnetoencephalography - MEG, EEG, and ECoG), neuromodulation, brain-computer interfaces, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy

Honors / Awards: 

2016    Poster Award, Clinical Research & Scientists category, Phoenix Children’s Hospital Research Day, Phoenix, AZ
2016    Research Award (co-author), Annual BCI Award (2nd place), Flesher, et al., “Intracortical Microstimulation as a Feedback Source for Brain-Computer Interface Users”, 6th International BCI Meeting, Asilomar, CA
2016    Featured Article, IEEE TBME (January 2016), Zhang, et al. “Decoding Brain States Based on Magnetoencephalography from Pre-specified Cortical Regions.”
2010            Travel Award, Beyond Brain Machine Interface Workshop, Long Beach CA
2010             Travel Award, International Brain-Computer Interface Conference, Asilomar CA
2007            Poster Award, Research ShowCase, CWRU
2006-2009         Graduate Trainee (NRSA T32), Integrated Engineering and Rehabilitation Training, NIH NIBIB, (5T32EB004314-08 PI: Patrick Crago/Robert Kirsch)
2004-2005        Graduate Fellowship, Case Prime, Department of Biomedical Engineering, CWRU
2003            NSF Undergrad Fellowship (REU), Anatomy and Neurobiology, U. of Kentucky
2003            Travel Award, BMES Conference, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue Univ.

Mentored Awards:
2016    Best Undergrad Poster (Mercader D.), Rehab. Institute Research Day, Pittsburgh
2015    Best Pre-doctoral Abstract (Royston D.), Rehab. Institute Research Day, Pittsburgh
2013    Best Undergrad Poster (Randazzo M.), Rehab. Institute Research Day, Pittsburgh
2013    Platform presentation (Randazzo, M.) Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, Seattle
2013    Undergrad Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience (Randazzo M.), Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, CMU

Graduate Faculties / Mentoring History: 
Current Lab: Austin Jacobson (MS, ASU SBHSE, 2017), Zack Humphreys (UG, ASU SBHSE, 2017), Ladan Kamali (UG, ASU SBHSE, 2017), Aaron Raber (UG, ASU SBHSE, 2017), Shivani Misra (MD, UofA Scholarly Project, 2017) Past Mentees: Zack Winters (MS, ASU SBHSE, 2017), Kari Ashmont (PostDoc, BNI, 2016), Dylan Royston (PhD, Pitt BioE, 2014-2017), Deepan Kamaraj (PhD, Pitt HERL, 2015-2016), Dan Mercader (UG, Pitt BioE, 2015-2016), Mike Randazzo (UG, Pitt BioE/CNBC, 2012-2014), Morgan Oxenrider (REU, Pitt HERL, 2012)

Reviewer:     Cerebral Cortex, Neural Plasticity, J. of Neural Engineering, J. of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, J. of Neuroscience Methods, IEEE-TNSRE, Frontiers in Neuroengineering
2012-2014    Post-doc Representative, Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC), CMU/Pitt
2009    Graduate Education Committee Elected Student Representative, BME, CWRU
2009    Perspective Graduate Student Open House Head Organizer, BME, CWRU
2009    Founding Member, Neuroengineering and Neuroscience Collaborative, CWRU
2007    Dept. Chair Search Committee Member, BME, CWRU
2006-2007    Faculty Meeting Elected Student Representative, BME, CWRU
2004    President of Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Student Chapter, Purdue Univ.