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Born in 1963 in Derpt, Estonia, Mikhail Ivanovich Lebedev was an exceptionally gifted artist. He studied the cortical mechanisms of memory, attention, and motor preparation. He also developed invasive brain-computer interfaces that decode brain activity and deliver sensory information to the brain. He was able to demonstrate artificial tactile sensations and even develop a wheelchair-mounted computer for whole-body navigation.

After studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Lebedev traveled to Italy on a scholarship and mastered the art of landscape painting. In his early works, he aspired to paint the luminous light and air of the Italian landscape. Many of his landscapes have beautiful, intense colors, which make them immediately pleasing to the eye. They also convey a feeling of solitude and silence that are unique to these locales.

After graduating from college, Lebedev spent his postdoctoral research in Mathew Diamond's laboratory at the SISSA. There, he studied the underlying mechanisms of cortical plasticity in rat barrel cortex. Later, he worked as a researcher in Steven Wise's lab at the NIMH in Bethesda, Maryland. His research there focused on the mechanism of cortical plasticity in awake monkeys and working memory.

During his studies, Lebedev focused on the development of the brain-machine interface. He was able to control assistive devices directly from the brain, which is a major step toward developing an effective sensory neuroprosthesis. His work will soon result in implantable devices approved by the FDA. He has more than a dozen patents and is a recognized leader in his field. In addition to his research, Mikhail Lebedev has contributed to the advancement of the science of brain-machine interfaces.

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