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Krenicki Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Department Chair

Dr. Ki Chon
Phone: (860) 486-4767
Email: kchon@engr.uconn.edu


Harley Erickson
Program Assistant II & Graduate Admissions Assistant
Phone: (860) 486-5838
E-mail: harley@engr.uconn.edu

Lisa Ephraim
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Phone: (860) 486-0163
E-mail: lisae@engr.uconn.edu

Jennifer Desrosiers
Financial Assistant II
Phone: (860) 486-0116
E-mail: jennd@engr.uconn.edu

Amanda Sierpinski
Financial Assistant II (Grants and Contracts) 
Phone: (860) 486-3869
E-mail: ams13020@engr.uconn.edu


Main Office Address

Biomedical Engineering Department
A.B. Bronwell Building, Room 217
260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Phone: (860) 486-5838
Fax: (860) 486-2500

Enderle, John

John Denis Enderle, Ph.D.
Professor & University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow
Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Research Interests:  
Physiological Modeling, Bioinstrumentation, Clinical Engineering, Oculomotor System and Neurosensory Control
Room 209, 260 Glenbrook Road
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Office Phone:   (860) 486-5521
Office Fax:  : (860) 486-2500
BS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
ME Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Summary:

My primary research thrust throughout most of my career has been the study of muscle mechanics and the oculomotor system, applied to the human visual and auditory systems. This research effort started while I was a Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education Fellow conducting research at Brooks Air Force Base in 1982. I was fortunate to work with my mentor, Dr. Wally Wolfe, who introduced me to this field. The objective of this research is the rigorous development of a homeomorphic neural network (system) whose basic elements rely on interconnected single neuron models and a muscle model to be developed at the sarcomere level. The neural network developed quantitatively describes the role and activity of individual neurons in the neural network, and its topology (connectivity) to reflect known CNS anatomy. The linear muscle model developed by me and my coworkers is the first model to have the static and dynamic characteristics of muscle and corrects errors made by early investigators in the beginning of the 20th century that have persisted into the early 1990s. The neural network model is based on a time-optimal control of saccades and neuron behavior. Recently, I have authored with others a series of papers on a new linear muscle fiber model for neural control of saccades, a neuron-based time-optimal controller of horizontal saccadic eye movements, and a physiological neural controller of a muscle fiber oculomotor plant in horizontal monkey saccades. Our current research efforts involve a 3D model of the oculomotor plant and a neural network for visual saccades, auditory saccades and their neural network, a 3D smooth pursuit model for visual and auditory eye movements, and an inexpensive and portable device for the detection and localization of traumatic brain injury.

Honors and Awards:
  • ASEE Fellow, April 16, 2008
  • BMES Inaugural Class Fellow, January 1, 2005
  • University of Connecticut Teaching Fellow, May 1999
Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Citations Link

  1. Ghahari, A., and Enderle, J.D., A Neuron-Based Time-Optimal Controller of Horizontal Saccadic Eye Movements. International Journal of Neural Systems, Vol. 24, 1450017 (19 pages), 2014. DOI: 10.1142/S0129065714500178.
  2. Ghahari, A., and Enderle, J.D., A Physiological Neural Controller of a Muscle Fiber Oculomotor Plant in Horizontal Monkey Saccades,” ISRN Ophthalmology, vol. 2014, Article ID 406210, 19 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/406210
  3. Enderle, J., and Sierra, D., A New Linear Muscle Fiber Model for Neural Control of Saccades. International Journal of Neural Systems, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2013. DOI: 10.1142/S0129065713500020. This paper was selected as the 2013 Hojjat Adeli Award for Outstanding Contribution in Neural Systems. The Hojjat Adeli Award for Outstanding Contributions in Neural Systems, established by World Scientific Publishing Co. in 2010, is awarded annually to the most innovative paper published in the previous volume/year of the International Journal of Neural Systems.
  4. Enderle, J.D. (Editor), National Science Foundation 2012 Engineering Senior Design Projects to Aid Persons with Disabilities. Creative Learning Press, Inc., Mansfield Center, Connecticut, 2015, 395 pages. (Available for viewing at: http://nsf-pad.bme.uconn.edu)
  5. Ghahari, A., and Enderle, J.D., Models of Horizontal Eye Movements- Part 3, A Neuron and Muscle Based Linear Saccade Model, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, San Rafael, CA, 2014, 144 pages