Miguel A.L. Nicolelis was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1961. He received an M.D. degree from the University of Sao Paulo Medical School in 1984 and a Ph.D. in physiology in 1988 from the Department of Physiology in the Institute of Biomedical Science at the University of Sao Paulo.
From 1989 to 1992, Dr. Nicolelis was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physiology at Hahnemann University. In 1994, Dr. Nicolelis joined the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at Duke University, where he is currently a professor.
Dr. Nicolelis’ research focuses on the investigation of the basic physiological mechanism through which populations of cortical and subcortical neurons encode tactile and motor information. His published work includes studies on the development, plasticity, and normal function of the mammalian somatosensory and motor systems, and the design of neuroprosthetic devices to restore normal brain function.
For his research efforts, Dr. Nicolelis received the Oswaldo Cruz Award for excellence in biomedical research (1984), the Whitehead Scholar Award (1994), a fellowship from the McDonnell Pew Foundation (1994), the Whitehall Young Investigator Fellowship (1994), and the Klingenstein Fellowship Award (1996).
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