Seth Hays

Assistant Professor - Bioengineering
Tags: Bioengineering

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Neuroscience
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center - 2012
B.S. - Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin - 2007


 Altered neocortical rhythmic activity states in Fmr1 KO mice are due to enhanced mGluR5 signaling and involve changes in excitatory circuitry 2011 - Publication
Imbalance of neocortical excitation and inhibition and altered UP states reflect network hyperexcitability in the mouse model of fragile X syndrome  2008 - Publication


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2014–Present]
Behavioral and Brain Sceince
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2014–Present]
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science

News Articles

Dr. Seth Hays: Neuroplasticity and the Wandering Nerve
Currently, Dr. Hays manages the Targeted Neuroplasticity Lab at the Texas Biomedical Device Center where his research focuses on treating neurological disease by improving neuroplasticity. His most recent work focuses on rehabilitative training coupled with vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), particularly in short bursts, to improve motor function after stroke.

“The article focused primarily on recovery after stroke,” he shared with us, “but one of the big pushes of my lab is to develop this for other disorders, as well.”
Study: Vagus Nerve Stimulation Boosts Post-Stroke Motor Skill Recovery
Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have demonstrated a method to accelerate motor skill recovery after a stroke by helping the brain reorganize itself more quickly.

In a preclinical study, the scientists paired vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) with a physical therapy task aimed at improving the function of an upper limb in rodents. The results showed a doubled long-term recovery rate relative to current therapy methods, not only in the targeted task but also in similar muscle movements that were not specifically rehabbed. Their work was recently published in the journal Stroke.
Contract to Help Speed Up Researchers' Accelerated Learning Project
Researchers at the Texas Biomedical Device Center (TxBDC) at The University of Texas at Dallas have been awarded a contract worth up to $5.8 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency(DARPA) to investigate a novel approach to accelerate the learning of foreign languages. 

The contract is part of DARPA’s Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program, which seeks to advance the pace and effectiveness of a specific kind of learning — cognitive skills training — through precise activation of peripheral nerves, which in turn can strengthen neural connections in the brain.