Yan’s research interests are in building neural prosthetics to help those suffering from sensory or motor deficits. In the Pesaran Lab, he studied how the Posterior Parietal Cortex guides sensory-motor plans for effector-based decisions, as well translating this work into developing a Brain Machine Interface to allow neural control of an upper limb prosthetic. He focuses on understanding how different types of neural signals can be used to control prosthetic devices via state-of-the-art motion capture and neural recording systems. Before joining NYU, Yan worked with the Australian Vision Prosthesis Group developing the next generation of visual prosthetics. Yan is currently Lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia.