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MRI-based CFD simulation of CSF flow in a Chiari malformation patient
Visualization of arachnoid trabeculae fibers with second harmonic generation (SHG), bright field and fluorescence with DAPI stain.
Pulsatile movement of cerebrospinal fluid around the spinal cord measured in an in vitro flow model by 4D Flow MRI.
Computational fluid dynamics simulation of CSF movement in the cervical spine by Soroush Pahlavian with spinal cord nerve roots and denticulate ligaments included.
3D printed eyeball and ocular nerve by Lucas Sass and Joshua Pluid.
In silico, in vivo, and in vitro CSF experiments. Laser Doppler vibrometry surface motion analysis of an in vitro spinal cord model (left), in vivo MR pulse wave velocity measurement in the spinal canal (center), and an in vitro cerebrospinal fluid system model (right).

Welcome to the NIML

The Neurophysiological Imaging and Modeling Laboratory (NIML) at The University of Idaho Department of Biological Engineering is led by Dr. Bryn Martin. We conduct clinical translational research to investigate the pathophysiology of central nervous system disorders and develop related medical technologies. To help translate these findings and technologies to the clinic, we work closely with neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroradiologists and medical device manufacturers.

IMPORTANT: Dr. Martin is searching for a PhD/MS student to work on a NASA sponsored research project with a strong interest in imaging analysis and with good background in engineering, mathematics and programming skills.


Current NIML imaging and modeling focus topics include:

  1. Cerebrospinal fluid system physiology
  2. Advanced MRI and ultrasound imaging and post-processing techniques
  3. Computational fluid dynamics simulation of biological flows
  4. Astronaut eye and brain biomechanics
  5. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinson's
  6. Chiari malformation and hydrocephalus
  7. Intrathecal drug and gene vector delivery
  8. Neuropheresis
  9. In vitro modeling
  10. Virtual reality for medical applications


Please click on the links below to learn more about the current, available, and past research projects at the NIML.

Open Research Positions

The NIML is seeking to fill several Open Research Assistant Positions.

Research Team

The NIML is a multi-disciplinary research group located at the University of Idaho and collaborating institutions.

  • Click here to see our research team.
  • Click here to see our collaborators.
  • Click here to learn about the University of Idaho Neural Engineering Working Group.


  • Click here for a list of NIML publications on Google Scholar.

NIML Facilities

Click here to see the NIML's research facilities.


  • Click here for background on neurophysiological imaging and modeling.


  • Click here for information on courses at University of Idaho related to Neural Engineering.


  • Click here for external links to related laboratories, conferences, and organizations.
  • Click here for external links to software that we use in our lab.
  • Click here for NIML visitor information (parking / directions).

NIML Events

  • Click here for the NIML meeting schedule.


Date Announcement

Congratulations to NIML Researchers Gabryel Conley and Tavara Freeman for being accepted to the University of Idaho's Grand Challenges Program!


Deadline to signup for the University of Idaho's Grand Challenges Program is September 16, 2016.


Congratulations to NIML student Mohammadreza Khani on his abstract acceptance to the International Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders Conference.


Congratulations to NIML student Lucas Sass on his recent interview in the Moscow-Pullman Daily news.


NIML welcomes our 2016 summer research students, Christina Gibbs, Joshua Pluid, Gabryel Conley, Tavara Freeman and Violet Gomm.


Dr. Bryn Martin, Brian Cleveley and Xing Tao received funding for their collaborative Vandal Ideas Project grant.


Congrats to ‪NIML researchers on their publication in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering!


Congratulations to NIML researchers their publication in the Journal of Biomechanics.