Dr. Jordan J. Williams

Dr. Jordan Williams
Dr. Jordan J. WilliamsMarquette University

Olin Engineering, 338A

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7569Google Scholar

Assistant Professor

Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering


The Neural Engineering, Interfacing, Modulation and Optimization Laboratory (NEIMO Lab)


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Professional Preparation

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, 2013-2019, Systems Neuroscience Institute, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.D., 2013, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Ph.D., 2013, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
  • B.S., 2005, Electrical Engineering, South Dakota State University
  • B.S., 2005, Engineering Physics, South Dakota State University

Courses Taught

BIEN 2100 Statistics for Biomedical Engineering—Summary of biomedical data and the use of statistics in problem solving for biomedical engineering

BIEN 3310 Control Systems for Biomedical Engineering—An introduction to the principles of control systems theory for biomedical engineers

BIEN 4600/5600 Neural Engineering—Principles of neural engineering, properties of excitable tissues, quantitative models; concepts for the design of neuroprosthetic devices for sensory, motor, and therapeutic applications

BIEN 6200 Biomedical Signal Processing—Introduction to statistical processing of biomedical data and applying it to physiologic signals

BIEN 6931 Special Topics in BME—Optogenetic Methods in Neuromodulation 


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Research Interests

  • Peripheral optogenetics for motor stimulation
  • Brain-machine interfaces and neural prosthetics
  • Viral gene therapy for spinal cord injury and disease
  • Neural correlates of motor learning

Recent Publications

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Recent Grants

Williams, Jordan (Principal Investigator); "Multiplexing optogenetic stimulation and inhibition in peripheral motor nerves toward improved spinal cord injury rehabilitation." Sponsored by MCW Research Affairs Committee (July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024). 

Williams, Jordan (Principal Investigator); "Peripheral Optogenetic Restoration of Motor Function Following Spinal Cord Injury." Sponsored by the Morton Cure Paralysis Fund (July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024). 

Williams, Jordan (Co-Investigator); Rey, Hernan (Principal Investigator); "Recording neural activity 24/7 at different scales in the human brain: a unique opportunity to improve epilepsy diagnosis and treatment." Sponsored by CTSI of SE Wisconsin (April 1, 2023–March 31, 2024).

Williams, Jordan (Principal Investigator); "Development of a near-infrared in vivo imaging pipeline to track virus distribution for motor gene therapy." Sponsored by Marquette University (February 2023–December 2023).

Williams, Jordan (Co-Investigator); Budde, Matthew (Principal Investigator); "Spreading Depolarizations and Perfusion in Non-traumatic Spinal Cord Injury." Sponsored by the Veterans Administration (October 2021–September 2023). 

Williams, Jordan; “Addressing the clinical feasibility of peripheral optogenetic strategies for spinal cord injury rehabilitation,” an NIH K12 grant sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, award number K12HD073945 (January 1, 2022–December 31, 2022).  

Investigator working in the lab.

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