Todd Coleman, a Man of Multidisciplinary Medicine

Todd Coleman received B.S. degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from University of Michigan and went on to earn a PhD in Electrical Engineering from MIT, where he also did postdoctoral work in neuroscience.

Like his studies, Coleman’s current work is considered quite interdisciplinary, categorized somewhere in between neuroscience, electrical engineering, applied mathematics and bio-electronics.

Coleman is now the director of the Neural Interaction laboratory, and associate professor of Bioengineering at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. He was also recently named one of San Diego Magazine‘s “50 people to watch in 2013.”

One of Coleman’s current projects is a wireless electronic tattoo used to monitor brainwaves or muscle contractions, especially helpful for newborn babies and pregnant mothers. Some of his other work includes research on a brain interface machine that will enhance one’s ability to perform daily activities, particularly relevant to those with disabilities.

Watch UC-TV’s coverage of Coleman’s presentation about his “epidermal electronics” project.

Coleman, and his work that could improve hospital patients’ comfort, will join the other speakers with ideas to revolutionize health care at this year’s The Atlantic Meets the Pacific. The third annual conference, hosted by UC San Diego Extension and The Atlantic Magazine, will be held at Scripps Seaside Forum and Calit2 in La Jolla, California on October 2nd through 4th. For more information on registration and speakers like Coleman visit

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