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Adam Rouse, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery

Assistant Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology

Assistant Professor, University of Kansas

Professional Background

Dr. Adam Rouse is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Kansas Medical Center and is the department's Director of Basic Research and directs the Precision Neural Dynamics Lab. He holds secondary appointments in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Bioengineering, and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr. Rouse received a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and M.D. at Washington University in St. Louis. His Ph.D. dissertation research was completed in the lab of Dr. Dan Moran. He then completed postdoctoral research training at the University of Rochester in the Finger Movement Lab directed by Dr. Marc Schieber. He was previously a Research Assistant Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Rochester.

Education and Training
  • MD/PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • Post Doctoral Fellowship, Neuroscience, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY



Dr. Rouse's research interests include i) the neural control of precise arm and finger movements, ii) brain-machine interfaces, and iii) machine learning/data science for neurotechnology.

He directs the Precision Neural Dynamics Lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Dr. Rouse is principal investigator for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke studying the neural encoding of precision movements to advance brain-machine interfaces.

Current Research and Grants
  • Neural encoding of motor precision for advancing brain-machine interfaces, NINDS, NIH, PI
  • Rouse, Adam., G, Schieber, Marc., H. 2018. Condition-Dependent Neural Dimensions Progressively Shift during Reach to Grasp. Cell reports, 25 (11), 3158--3168
  • Rouse, Adam., G, Mazurek, Kevin., A, Liu, Zheng, Rivlis, Gil, Schieber, Marc., H. 2018. Ch. 6 How Separate Are Reaching and Grasping?, 119-142
  • Rouse, Adam., G. 2016. A four-dimensional virtual hand brain--machine interface using active dimension selection. Journal of neural engineering, 13 (3), 036021
  • Rouse, A., G, Schieber, M., H. 2016. Spatiotemporal Distribution of Location and Object Effects in Primary Motor Cortex Neurons during Reach-to-Grasp.. Journal of Neuroscience, 36 (41), 10640-10653