Dr Patrick Degenaar
Reader in Neuroprosthesis

  • Email: patrick.degenaar@ncl.ac.uk
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 8180
  • Address: E4.09
    School of EEE
    Merz Court
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU, UK


I am a reader in biomedical engineering. My main interest is in optoelectronic/optogenetic neural prosthesis for both the visual system and the brain. I have led a number of research projects including the recent OptoNeuro FP7 project. More recently, I am part of the EPSRC/Wellcome Trust funded CANDO consortium.

I have a BSc and MRes in Applied Physics from Liverpool University and obtained Ph.D. in Bioelectronics from the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in 2001. I have industrial experience in the software industry and post-doctoral research in Imperial College. From 2005-2010 I was a RCUK fellow, and lecturer at Imperial College, after which I moved to Newcastle. 


My research page can be found here:


My google scholar profile can be found here


PhD Bioelectronics - JAIST, Japan
MRes Surface Science - Liverpool University, UK
BSc Applied Phyiscs (1st Class) - Liverpool University, UK

Previous Positions

2009-2010 Senior Lecturer in Neurobionics - Imperial College, London
2005-2009 Lecturer in Neurobionics - Imperial College, London
2002-2005 Post-doc - Imperial College, London
2001-2001 Software Engineer, Network Associates, Amsterdam




English, Dutch, Japanese

Current Work

Optogenetic Retinal Prosthesis
I'm coordinating a European consortium to develop optoelectronic arrays for optogenetic retinal prosthesis. This research is also backed up by the EPSRC and BBSRC.

Augmented Vision systems
I am developing advanced visual devices for the visually impaired and performing patients trials at the Oxford and Western Eye(London) Hospitals.

My research page can be found here:


Research Staff

Dr Rolando Berlinguer-Palmini

Postgraduate Supervision

Newcastle PhD supervision

Nabeel Fattah

John Barrat
Musa Al Yaman
Michael Scott Evans
Graeme Coapes
Jun Luo
Hubin Zhao


External/visiting PhD students
Na Dong - South East University, China

Alumini (Imperial College)

Imperial College (pre - Sept 2010)
Muthu Murugeson (RA), Nahed Solouma (visiting fellow), Hwa Jeong Kim (visiting fellow), Muhammed Memon (visiting fellow), Brian McgGovern (RA), Nir Grossman(PhD & RA), Tassanai Parritokkoporn (PhD)


  1. BRC - Electronic Low Vision Aids Using Commercial Mobile Devices
  2. xFutures - Restoration of Neural System Functionality
  3. MDS Society - Augmented Vision for the visually impaired
  4. Newcastle BMRC - Augmented Vision for the visually impaired
  5. Human Plus - visual prosthesis for the future human
  6. EPSRC - Neurotechnology Sandpit
  7. EPSRC - Knowledge Transfer award
  8. EPSRC - Retinal prosthetics: a novel opto-bionic approach to the restoration of functional vision
  9. BBSRC - Enhancing the photostimulation kinetics of channelrhodopsin-2 encoded neurons
  10. EU FP7 - OptoNeuro
  11. Thierri Latran Foundation - Motor Neurone disease prosthesis
  12. Royal Society - Augmented Vision for the visually impaired


Undergraduate Teaching

MMB8019 - sensory systems and neuroimaging

EEE2014 - Semiconductor Devices and analog Electronics

PHY2017 - Semiconductor Devices


if you have questions regarding my teaching, please contact me through blackboard or email me.

Postgraduate Teaching

I'm looking for talented PhD students as I build my new group in Newcastle University