Education and Work Experience (abridged)

I received the ScB (magna cum laude and with honors) in neuroscience from Brown University in 1999, the MS in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 2003, and the PhD in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.  Between degrees, I worked as teaching fellow at Deerfield Academy and as a design engineer in the technology group at Medtronic Neurological.  In the summer of 2011, I will be joining the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the
United States Naval Academy. 

Research

My research interests, broadly speaking, include:  1) developing and applying machine learning and signal processing techniques to interpret neural signals in detection, prediction, and control applications in brain-computer interfaces; and 2) combining bioelectric theory-based computer modeling with experimentation to develop brain stimulation paradigms for treating epilepsy and other neurological diseases.  

Publications and Manuscripts 

  1. Zaghloul KA, Blanco JA, Weidemann CT, McGill K, Jaggi JL, Baltuch GH, Kahana MJ.  2009.  Human substantia nigra neurons encode unexpected financial rewards.  Science, 323(5920):1496-1499.
  2. Blanco JA, Stead M, Krieger A, Viventi J, Marsh WR, Lee KH, Worrell GA, Litt B.  2010.  Unsupervised classification of high-frequency oscillations in human neocortical epilepsy and control patients.  Journal of Neurophysiology, 104(5):2900-2912.  (PDF)
  3. Viventi J, Kim DH, Moss J, Kim YS, Blanco JA, Annetta N, Callans D, Xiao J, Huang Y, Rogers J, Litt B.  2010.  A conformal, bio-interfaced class of silicon electronics for mapping cardiac electrophysiology.  Science Translational Medicine, 2(24): 24ra22.
  4. Kim DH, Viventi J, Amsden JJ, Xiao J, Vigeland L, Kim YS, Blanco JA, Contreras D, Kaplan DL, Omenetto FG, Huang Y, Hwang KC, Zakin MR, Litt B, Rogers J.  2010.  Dissolvable films of silk fibroin for ultrathin, conformable bio-integrated electronics.  Nature Materials, 9:511-517.
  5. Blanco JA.  2010.  Unsupervised classification of high-frequency oscillations in neocortical epilepsy and control patients.   Publicly accessible Penn dissertations.
  6. Viventi J, Blanco JA, Litt B.   2010.  Mining terabytes of submillimeter-resolution ECoG datasets for neurophysiologic biomarkers.  Proceedings of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference (EMBC)3825-3826.
  7. Wulsin D, Gupta J, Mani R, Blanco JA, Litt B.  2010.  Modeling EEG Waveforms with Semi-Supervised Deep Belief Nets for Fast Classification and Anomaly Measurement. Journal of Neural Engineering, In press.
  8. Wulsin D, Blanco JA, Mani R, Litt B.  2010.  Semi-supervised anomaly detection for EEG waveforms using deep belief nets.  Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA), In press.
  9. Blanco JA, Stead M, Krieger A, Stacey W, Maus D, Marsh E, Viventi J, Lee KH, Marsh RW, Litt B, Worrell GA.  2010.  Neocortical  high-frequency oscillations in epilepsy and controls: Data-mining Multi-scale EEG.  In revision.
     

Patents Issued and Pending

  1. Olsen JM, Morris MM, Hegland M, Blanco JA.  Pressure relief methods in a medical catheter system.  US7217251.
  2. Miesel KA, Blanco JA.  Branching catheter systems with diagnostic components.  US7513884.
  3. Olsen JM, Morris MM, Hegland M, Blanco JA.  Catheter systems having flow restrictors.   US7766860.
  4. Miesel KA, Blanco JA.  Diagnostic methods for branching catheter systems.  US7763007.
  5. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Drug solution density adjustment systems and methods. EP1581285B1.
  6. Miesel KA, Blanco JA.  Diagnostic methods for branching catheter systems.  EP174038B1.
  7. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Drug solution density adjustment systems. EP1938852B1. 
  8. Olsen JM, Morris MM, Hegland M, Blanco JA.  Pressure relief methods in a medical catheter system. EP1747390B1.
  9. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Permeable membrane catheters, systems, and methods.  App#20050137579.
  10. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Catheters incorporating valves and permeable membranes.  App#20050137578.
  11. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Catheters with tracking elements and permeable membranes.  App#20050137577.
  12. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Implantable drug delivery systems and methods.  App#20040220522.
  13. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Multiple infusion section catheters, systems, and methods.  App#20040220547.
  14. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Method of delivering drugs to specific regions of the spinal cord.  App#20040220545.
  15. Heruth KT, Lent MS, Blanco JA.  Trialing system for evaluation of the efficacy of the treatment.  App#20040220543.