Luke Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

Luke Johnson

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Shannon McCrady

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Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University, 2013

BS, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006

BA, Physics and Spanish, Luther College, 2004



Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Johnson’s research addresses critical questions regarding the brain mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease and how to develop new and more effective strategies to deliver DBS therapies. His new methods and techniques will also have broader importance and will impact the development of other applications (e.g. brain-machine interfaces) and therapies for additional brain conditions (e.g. epilepsy, depression and dystonia).

He is utilizing neurophysiology (single unit, multi-unit and local field potentials) and behavioral approaches in models of Parkinson’s disease (PD) to advance the understanding of PD pathophysiology and mechanisms of deep brain stimulation (DBS).

He is also investigating stimulation paradigms that use neural biomarkers for closed-loop control of DBS for the treatment of motor and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease.