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Patrick Degenaar is an interdisciplinary academic specializing in Neuroprosthetics at the Newcastle University. He received a first class (Hons.) degree in 1995 in Applied Physics at Liverpool University, with a Winn Evans prize for the best undergraduate project. He then went on to complete an M.Res degree, focusing on the study of surface science before he spent a short period in the medical industry working on transportable ECG monitors. In 1997, he won a Monbusho scholarship to complete a PhD at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, where he researched bioelectronics and bio imaging at the Tamiya lab and graduated in 2001. He then spent time in the software industry in the Netherlands before he returned to academia in 2002 as a post-doc at Imperial College, London, where his research focused on organic solar cells. In 2003, he changed his focus again, with a new post-doc position in which he explored reverse engineering the human eye with microelectronics. In 2005, he attained an RCUK lectureship and fellowship at the Imperial College in order to explore the new field of optogenetic neuroprosthetics. He now continues this work in Newcastle after moving with his team there in 2010.