Parks Faculty

Yan Gai, Ph.D.,<br/>Assistant Professor

Yan Gai, Ph.D.,
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor


Ph.D. Bioengineering
Syracuse University

M.S. Bioengineering
Syracuse University

M.E. Electrical Engineering
South China University of Technology

B.S. Electrical Engineering
South China University of Technology

Dr. Yan Gai became an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering at Parks College in Fall 2014. Prior to joining SLU, she was a postdoc and neuroscientist at New York University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Syracuse University.

Gai’s research areas are Brain-Computer Interface and Hearing Prostheses. Her project on brain-controlled wheelchairs received the President Research Fund in early 2017. Electroencephalography (EEG) and eye-tracking glasses are used to decode human attention, which is further used to drive a wheelchair or an exoskeleton. She is currently teaching an advanced design class called Brain Computer Interface.

Dr. Gai and her neuroengineering lab has been dedicated to the cutting-edge technology of improving life quality of paralyzed or hearing-impaired patients. Her recent projects include brain-controlled wheelchairs, next-generation smart hearing aids, and infrared cochlear implants.

Below is a list of Yan Gai’s selected publications. For more information on each publication, please visit the Parks College Publication Database.

Printed Archival Peer-Reviewed Journals
  • Gai Y, Ruhland J, Yin TC (2014b). Localization of Click Trains and Speech By Cats: The Negative Level Effect. J Assoc Res Otolaryngol. In press.
  • Gai Y, Kotak VC, Sanes DH, Rinzel J (2014a). On the Localization of Complex Sounds: Temporal Encoding Based on Input-Slope Coincidence Detection of Envelopes. J Neurophysiol. 112: 802-813. doi: 10.1152/jn.00044.2013.
  • Gai Y, Ruhland J, Yin TC (2013b). Effects of Forward Masking on Sound Localization in Cats: Basic Findings with Broadband Maskers. J Neurophysiol. 110:1600-1610. doi: 10.1152/jn.00255.2013.
  • Gai Y, Ruhland J, Yin TC, Tollin D (2013a). Behavioral and Modeling Studies of Sound Localization in Cats: Effects of Stimulus Level and Duration. J Neurophysiol. 110: 607-620. doi: 10.1152/jn.01019.2012.
  • Gai Y, Doiron B, Rinzel J (2010). Slope-Based Stochastic Resonance: How Noise Enables Phasic Neurons to Encode Slow Signals. PLoS Comput Biol 6:e1000825. doi: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000825.
  • Gai Y, Doiron B, Kotak V, Rinzel J (2009). Noise-Gated Encoding of Slow Inputs by Auditory Brainstem Neurons with a Low-Threshold K+ Current. J Neurophysiol 102:3447-3460. doi: 10.1152/jn.00538.2009.

Neuroengineering Laboratory

The Neuroengineering Lab’s research combines behavioral, electrophysiological, and computational approaches to study functions and mechanisms of the mammalian auditory pathways in speech perception and sound localization. The lab’s first project involves simulating cochlear-implant hearing with a noise-vocoding technique.