Author

Squires

Date of Award

12-2013

Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering

Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Damon A. Miller

Second Advisor

Dr. Bradley J. Bazuin

Third Advisor

Dr. Frank L. Severance

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access

Abstract

The Neurobiology Engineering Laboratory at Western Michigan University has need of an electrophysiology instrumentation system combining generation of multiple arbitrary stimulation waveforms and recording of action potentials on multiple channels. Electronics for an instrumentation system with the capability of generating four unique stimulation waveforms and recording action potentials on eight channels were developed and implemented on a printed circuit board. Collaboration with fellow graduate student, Mr. Kyle Batzer, who developed firmware and software for the instrumentation system as described in his thesis, was essential for successful realization of the instrumentation system. Knowledge gained and reported by previous students working in the Neurobiology Engineering laboratory also contributed to the development. This system was used to perform a standard electrophysiology experiment on earthworm giant axon action potentials using only instrumentation electronics and software developed by students at Western Michigan University.

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