Brock Wester is a project manager and assistant group supervisor for the Intelligent Systems Group in the Research and Exploratory Development department of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He is also the vice chair of the Engineering for Professionals applied biomedical engineering program.

Wester received a BS in computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a joint PhD in biomedical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University. He has led research in areas of brain-computer and neural interfaces, prosthetics, connectomics, virtual and augmented reality, traumatic brain injury, and blast injury.

Education History

  • B.S. Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Work Experience

Senior Professional Staff, JHU Applied Physics Laboratory


JT Vogelstein, E Perlman, B Falk, A Baden, W Gray Roncal, V Chandrashekhar, F Collman, Seshamani, J Patsolic, K Lillaney, M Kazhdan, R Hider, D Pryor, J Matelsky, T Gion, P Manavalan, BA Wester, M Chevillet, ET Trautman, K Khairy, EW Bridgeford, DM Kleissas, DJ Tward, AK Crow, B Hsueh, MA Wright, M Miller, SJ Smith, J Vogelstein, K Deisseroth, RC Burns “A Community-Developed Open-Source Computational Ecosystem for Big Neuro Data”, Nature Methods, Oct 2018, doi: 10.1038/s41592-018-0181-1

E Reilly, JS Garretson, W Gray Roncal, DM Kleissas, BA Wester, MA Chevillet, MJ Roos, “Neural Reconstruction Integrity: A metric for assessing the connectivity of reconstructed neural networks”, Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, Feb 2018, doi:10.3389/fninf.2018.00074

M Encarnacion, C Bishop, J Downs, N Drenkow, JK Matelsky, PK Rivlin, BA Wester, W Gray Roncal, “CIRCUIT summer program: A computational neuroscience outreach experience for high-achieving undergraduates via sponsored research”, 2018 IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC), doi: 10.1109/ISECon.2018.8340503

D. Kleissas, R Hider Jr., D Pryor, T Gion, P Manavalan, J Matelsky, A Baden, K Lillaney, R Burns, D D’Angelo, W Gray Roncal, B Wester. “The Block Object Storage Service (bossDB): A Cloud-Native Approach for Petascale Neuroscience Discovery”, arXiv q-bio. Nov 2017.

JK Matelsky, J Downs, BA Wester, W Gray Roncal, “A substrate for modular, extensible data-visualization”, arXiv q-bio. Nov 2017.

P Thielen, T Mehoke, J Gleason, A Iwaskiw, J Paulson, A Merkle, B Wester*, and J Dymond*, “Exploration of the Molecular Basis of Blast Injury in a Biofidelic Model of Traumatic Brain Injury”, Shock Waves, J. No. 193; Article No. 769. 2017.

EA Pohlmeyer, M Fifer, M Rich, J Pino, BA Wester, M Johannes, C Dohopolski, J Helder, D D’Angelo, J Beaty, S Bensmaia, M McLoughlin, F Tenore, “Beyond intuitive anthropomorphic control: recent achievements using brain computer interface technologies.” Proc. SPIE 10194, Micro- and Nanotechnology Sensors, Systems, and Applications IX, 101941N (May 18, 2017); doi:10.1117/12.2263886

EP Reilly, JS Garretson, W Gray Roncal, DM Kleissas, BA Wester, MA Chevillet, MJ Roos, “Neural Reconstruction Integrity: A metric for assessing the connectivity of reconstructed neural networks”, Quantitative Biology arXiv, 2017 February.

M Kryger, BA Wester, EA Pohlmeyer, M Rich, B John, J Beaty, M McLoughlin, M Boninger, EC Tyler-Kabara, “Flight Simulation using a Brain-Computer Interface: A Pilot, Pilot Study”, Exp. Neurology. 2016 May.

L Xu, ML Schaefer, R Linville, A Aggarwal, W Mbuguiro, BA Wester, VE Koliatsos, “Neuroinflammation in primary blast neurotrauma: time course and prevention by torso shielding”, Journal of Experimental Neurology. Vol. 277, pp. 268-74. 2016.

G Hotson, RJ Smith, AG Rouse, MH Schieber, NV Thakor, BA Wester, “High Precision Neural Decoding of Complex Movement Trajectories using Recursive Bayesian Estimation with Dynamic Movement Primitives”, ICRA for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. May 2016. Stockholm.

G Hotson, D McMullen, M Fifer, M Johannes, K Katyal, M Para, R Armiger, W Anderson, N Thakor, B Wester, N Crone, “Individual Finger Control of the Modular Prosthetic Limb using High-Density Electrocorticography in a Human Subject”, Journal of Neural Engineering. vol. 13. no. 2. 2016.

O Rodriguez, M Schaefer, B Wester, Y-C Lee, N Boggs, H Conner, A Merkle, S Fricke, C Albanese, V Koliatsos, “Manganese-Enhanced MRI as a diagnostic and dispositional tool after mild-moderate blast TBI” Journal of Neurotrauma. 2015 (Accepted)

A Rajan, J Boback, J Dammann, F Tenore, B Wester, K Otto, R Gaunt, S Bensmaia, “The Effect of Chronic Intracortical microstrimulation on neural tissue and fine motor behavior”, Journal of Neuroengineering, JNE-100887.R2 2015 (Accepted)

KD Katyal , MS Johannes , S Kellis, D Brown, T Dobreva, T Aflalo, C Klaes, MP Para, BA Wester, B Lee, K Pejsa, C Liu, C Heck, M Aisen, RA Andersen, MP McLoughlin, “An Architecture to Perform Activities of Daily Living Using a Hybrid BCI Approach”, 2015 IEEE ICRA Conference Proceedings, 26-30 May 2015, Seattle.

KD Katyal, MS Johannes, S Kellis, T Aflalo, C Klaes, TG McGee, MP Para, Y Shi, B Lee, K Pejsa, C Liu, BA Wester, F Tenore, JD Beaty, AD Ravitz, RA Andersen, MP McLoughlin, “A Collaborative BCI Approach to Autonomous Control of a Prosthetic
Limb System”, 2014 IEEE SMC Conference Proceedings, 5-8 Oct. 2014. San Diego.”

D McMullen, G Hotson, KD Katyal, BA Wester, MS Fifer, TG McGee, A Harris, MS Johannes, RJ Vogelstein, WS Anderson, NV Thakor, NE Crone, “Demonstration of a Semi-Autonomous Hybrid Brain-Machine Interface using Human Intracranial EEG, Eye Tracking, and Computer Vision to Control a Robotic Upper Limb Prosthetic”, IEEE Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. PP, no. 99, Dec. 2013.

KD Katyal, MS Johannes, TG McGee, AJ Harris, RS Armiger, AH Firpi, D McMullen, G Hotson, MS Fifer, NE Crone, RJ Vogelstein, and BA Wester, “HARMONIE: A Multimodal Control Framework for Human Assistive Robotics,” 2013 IEEE NER Conference Proceedings, 5-8 Nov. 2013. San Diego.

BA Wester, MP Para, A Sivakumar, MD Kutzer, KD Katyal, AD Ravitz, JD Beaty, MP McLoughlin, and MS Johannes, “Experimental Validation of Virtual Fixtures for Neural Controlled Human Patient Self-Feeding using the Modular Prosthetic Limb,” Proceedings 2013 IEEE IROS Conference. Oct. 2013. Tokyo.

MS Fifer, G Hotson, BA Wester, Y Wang, MS Johannes, KD Katyal, JB Helder, MP Para, RJ Vogelstein, WS Anderson, NV Thakor, NE Crone, “Simultaneous Neural Control of Simple Reaching and Grasping with the Modular Prosthetic Limb using Intracranial EEG”, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. pp, no. 99, Dec. 2013.

AD Ravitz, MP McLoughlin, JD Beaty, FV Tenore, MS Johannes, SA Swetz, JB Helder, KD Katyal, MP Para, KM Fischer, TC Gion, and BA Wester, “Revolutionizing prosthetics – phase 3,” Johns Hopkins APL Technical Digest, vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 366–376, 2013.

CJ Dooley, BA Wester, ID Wing, LM Voo, RS Armiger, AC Merkle, “Response of thoracolumbar vertebral bodies to high rate compressive loading,” Proceedings Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, April 5-7, 2013. Colorado Spring, CO.

MS Moses, BA Wester, CY Brown, MD Kutzer, PR Kucher, and KJ Rebello, “”A MEMS Sensor for Low-frequency Vibration
Energy Harvesting,”” IEEE Proceedings Microsystems for Measurement and Instrumentation (MANMA), March 27, 2012. Annapolis.”

SE Kasprzak, BA Wester, T Raj, MG Allen, K Gall, “Photopatterning of Thiol-ene/acrylate Copolymers,” JMEMS, vol.PP, no.00, pp. 1-10, 2012

BA Wester, JD Ross, S Rajaraman, and MG Allen, “Development and characterization of a packaged mechanically actuated microtweezer system,” Sensors and Actuators, March 2011.

S-J Paik, S-H Kim, P-C Wang, BA Wester, and MG Allen, “Dissolvable-tipped, drug-reservoir integrated polymer microneedle array for transdermal drug delivery,” Proceedings 2010 MEMS, Jan. 2010. Hong Kong.

P-C Wang, BA Wester, S Rajaraman, S-J Paik, S-H Kim, and MG Allen, “Hollow polymer microneedle array fabricated by photolithography process combined with micromolding technique,” Proceedings of the 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS 2009. Sept. 2009. Minneapolis, MN.

BA Wester, JD Ross, S Rajaraman, and MG Allen, “Packaging and characterization of mechanically actuated microtweezers for biomedical applications,” Proceedings of 30th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS 2009. Sept. 2009. Minneapolis, MN.

BA Wester, RH Lee, and MC LaPlaca. “Development and characterization of in vivo flexible electrodes compatible with large tissue displacements,” Journal of Neural Engineering, Issue 2, Apr. 2009.

Y Choi, JD Ross, BA Wester, and MG Allen. “Mechanically driven microtweezers with integrated microelectrodes,” Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, v 18, n 6, Jun. 2008, p 065004 (9 pp.)

Honors and Awards

  • Georgia Tech Council of Outstanding Young Engineering Alumni (2014)
  • Georgia Tech Impact Scholarship (2010)
  • National Science Foundation STEP Fellow (2007)
  • National Science Foundation IGERT Fellow (2005)

Professional Organizations

Society for Neuroscience