Warren M. Grill
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Our research employs engineering approaches to understand and control neural function. We work on fundamental questions and applied development in electrical stimulation of the nervous system to restore function to individuals with neurological impairment or injury.
Current projects include:
• understanding the mechanisms of and developing advanced approaches to deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders,
• developing novel approaches to peripheral nerve electrical stimulation for restoration of bladder function,
• understanding the mechanisms of and developing advanced approaches to spinal cord stimulation to treat chronic pain,
• understanding and controlling the cellular effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation, and
• design of novel electrodes and waveforms for selective stimulation of the nervous system.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Edmund T. Pratt, Jr. School Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Bass Fellow
- Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
- Professor in Neurobiology
- Professor in Neurosurgery
- Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences
- Office Location: CIEMAS 1139, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5276
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 1995
- M.S. Case Western Reserve University, 1992
- B.S. Boston University, 1989
Neural engineering and neural prostheses and include design and testing of electrodes and stimulation techniques, the electrical properties of tissues and cells, and computational neuroscience with applications in restoration of bladder function, treatment of movement disorders with deep brain stimulation, and treatment of chronic pain.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Capers & Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research. Pratt School of Engineering. 2018
- Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award. NIH-NINDS . 2015
- Scholar / Teacher of the Year Award. Duke University. 2014
- Outstanding Postdoc Mentor. Duke University. 2013
- Fellow. Biomedical Engineering Society. 2011
- Fellow. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2007
- BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
- BME 504: Fundamentals of Electrical Stimulation of the Nervous System (GE, EL)
- BME 515: Neural Prosthetic Systems (GE, EL, IM)
- BME 790L: Advanced Topics with the Lab for Graduate Students in Biomedical Engineering
- BME 791: Graduate Independent Study
- BME 804: Developments in Neural Engineering
- ECE 899: Special Readings in Electrical Engineering
- NEUROSCI 504: Fundamentals of Electrical Stimulation of the Nervous System (GE, EL)
- NEUROSCI 515: Neural Prosthetic Systems (GE, EL, IM)
In the News
- Duke Awards Distinguished Professorships, Inducts New Bass Society Members (May 5, 2016)
- Deep Brain Stimulation as Treatment for Parkinson’s (Nov 10, 2015 | Duke Research Blog)
- Trying a New Pulse for Pain Relief (Nov 1, 2015)
- Biomedical Device students face engineering and business challenges while helping to fill clinical needs (Jul 8, 2015)
- Duke neuroscientist wins $4 million grant to study Parkinson's disease (Jun 26, 2015 | The News & Observer)
- Allen Song Named Interim Director of Brain Institute (Jun 26, 2015)
- Warren Grill on Using Deep Brain Stimulation to Treat Parkinson's (Jun 24, 2015)
- DIBS Director Takes New Role at Penn (Jun 16, 2015)
- Warren Grill comments: Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns (Jun 15, 2015 | Science Magazine)
- Nita Farahany Q-and-A: Neuroscience and the law (May 5, 2015 | Bio Edge)
- Cartmell, SC; Tian, Q; Thio, BJ; Leuze, C; Ye, L; Williams, NR; Yang, G; Ben-Dor, G; Deisseroth, K; Grill, WM; McNab, JA; Halpern, CH, Multimodal characterization of the human nucleus accumbens., Neuroimage, vol 198 (2019), pp. 137-149 [10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.05.019] [abs].
- Cassar, IR; Yu, C; Sambangi, J; Lee, CD; Whalen, JJ; Petrossians, A; Grill, WM, Electrodeposited platinum-iridium coating improves in vivo recording performance of chronically implanted microelectrode arrays., Biomaterials, vol 205 (2019), pp. 120-132 [10.1016/j.biomaterials.2019.03.017] [abs].
- Yi, G; Grill, WM, Average firing rate rather than temporal pattern determines metabolic cost of activity in thalamocortical relay neurons., Scientific Reports, vol 9 no. 1 (2019) [10.1038/s41598-019-43460-8] [abs].
- Grill, WM; DeBerry, JJ, Innovative device illuminates the horizon of bioelectronic medicines., Nature Reviews. Urology, vol 16 no. 4 (2019), pp. 209-210 [10.1038/s41585-019-0155-9] [abs].
- Pelot, NA; Behrend, CE; Grill, WM, On the parameters used in finite element modeling of compound peripheral nerves., Journal of Neural Engineering, vol 16 no. 1 (2019) [10.1088/1741-2552/aaeb0c] [abs].