George C. McConnell

School: Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Building: McLean Hall
Room: 303
Phone: 201-216-3716
Fax: 201-216-8196

Ph.D. (Bioengineering), Georgia Institute of Technology, 2008
M.S. (Biomedical Engineering), Drexel University, 2003
B.S. (Biomedical Engineering), Drexel University, 2002

  • Neural Engineering
  • Neural Interfaces
  • Deep Brain Stimulation

Assistant Professor (09/15-present), Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
Research Scientist (07/13-08/15), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
Postdoctoral Fellow (01/09-06/13), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Honors & Awards
  • Fundamental & Translational Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow (NIH Training Grant Award), 2010
  • Full scholarship and travel award to present at the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) Forum in Washington, DC, 2015
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2015
  • Branfman Family Foundation Award, 2016
Professional Societies
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • The New York Academy of Sciences
Selected Publications
  1. So RQ, McConnell GC, Grill WM. (2017). "Frequency-dependent, transient effects of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation on methamphetamine-induced circling and neuronal activity in the hemiparkinsonian rat", Behavioral Brain Research, 32: 119-127.
  2. McConnell GC, So RQ, Grill WM. (2016). "Failure to suppress low-frequency neuronal oscillatory activity underlies the reduced effectiveness of random patterns of deep brain stimulation", Journal of Neurophysiology, 115 (6), 2791-2802.
  3. McConnell GC, So RQ, Hilliard JD, Lopomo P, Grill WM. (2012). "Effective deep brain stimulation suppresses low frequency network oscillations in the basal ganglia by regularizing neural firing patterns", Journal of Neuroscience, 32 (45), 15657-68.
  4. So RQ, McConnell GC, August AT, Grill WM. (2012). "Characterizing effects of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation on methamphetamine-induced circling behavior in hemiparkinsonian rats", IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 20 (5), 626-35.
  5. McConnell GC, Rees HD, Levey AI, Gutekunst CA, Gross RE, Bellamkonda RV. (2009). "Implanted neural electrodes cause chronic, local inflammation that is correlated with local neurodegeneration", Journal of Neural Engineering, 6 (5), 56003.
  6. McConnell GC, Butera RJ, Bellamkonda RV. (2009). "Bioimpedance modeling to monitor astrocytic response to chronically implanted electrodes", Journal of Neural Engineering (special issue on Neural Interfaces), 6 (5), 55005.
  7. McConnell GC, Schneider TM, Owens DJ, Bellamkonda RV. (2007). "Extraction force and cortical tissue reaction of silicon microelectrode arrays implanted in the rat brain", IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering (special issue on Sensory Neural Prostheses), 54 (6), 1097-1107.
  8. He W, McConnell GC, Schneider TM, Bellamkonda RV. (2007). "A novel anti-inflammatory surface for neural electrodes", Advanced Materials, 19 3529-3533.
  9. Lemay MA, Bhowmik-Stoker M, McConnell GC, Grill WM. (2007). "Role of biomechanics and muscle activation strategy in the production of endpoint force patterns in the cat hindlimb", Journal of Biomechanics, 40 (16), 3679-87.
  10. He W, McConnell GC, Bellamkonda RV. (2006). "Nanoscale laminin coating mitigates chronic response of cortex to silicon microelectrode arrays", Journal of Neural Engineering, 3 (4), 316-24.
Conference Proceedings
  1. McConnell GC, Grill WM. (2013). "Stimulation location within the substantia nigra pars reticulata differentially modulates gait in hemiparkinsonian rats", Proceedings of the 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering [San Diego, CA].
  2. McConnell GC, Schneider TM, Bellamkonda RV. (2007). "Acute spatiotemporal changes in neuronal density surrounding microelectrode arrays implanted in rat motor cortex", Proceedings of the 3rd International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering [Kohala Coast, HI].
Book Chapters
  1. Bozkurt A, McConnell GC. (2013). "Bionanotechnological advances in neural recording and stimulation", Novel microelectronics: Technologies and systems applications, K. Iniewski(ed.), CRC Press.
  • BME 482 Engineering Physiology
  • BME 445 Biosystems Simulation and Control
  • BME 503 Physiological Systems (for Engineers)