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John Basile

Advisor: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, 2016

My research interests include the use of neuromodulation techniques to alter neural activity in normal and pathological neural tissue. I am also interested in using signal processing techniques to analyze neural activity.

Bryan Baxter

Advisors: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering) and Timothy Ebner (Neuroscience)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2006

My primary research interest is in combining brain computer interfaces and neuromodulation technologies. I am developing new applications for brain computer interfaces, particularly experiments involving participants interacting with the physical world via EEG in new ways. In addition, I am combining brain computer interfaces with neuromodulation strategies to develop the next generation of feedback control devices for noninvasive neuroengineering.

Edward Bello

Advisors: Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering) and Timothy Ebner (Neuroscience)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami, 2012

Currently, my research interests are geared towards neuroprosthetics, understanding neural motor processes, improvement in neural decoding, and brain-computer interfaces.

Elias Boroda

Advisors: Kelvin Lim (Psychiatry) and Hubert Lim (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Neuroscience, University of St. Thomas, 2013

I am interested in using non-invasive neuromodulation techniques to change brain activity and behavior.

Michelle Case

Advisors: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering) and Donald Simone (Diagnostic and Biological Sciences)

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Northern Illinois University, 2013

My current research interests include neuroimaging, EEG source imaging, and neural decoding

Christopher Cline

Advisors: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering) and Stephen Engel (Psychology)

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013

My current research interests include brain-computer interfaces and related technologies in neural interfacing and neuromodulation.

Christopher Coogan

Christopher Coogan

Advisor: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Binghamton University, 2016

My current research interests include brain-computer interfaces and their use in virtual reality enviornments.

Corey Cruttenden

Advisors: Rajesh Rajamani (Mechanical Engineering) and Wei Chen (Radiology)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland-College Park, 2014

I am interested in applying nanotechnology to improve brain imaging, enhance neural interfacing, and investigate the underlying methods of deep brain stimulation.

Preston Donaldson

Advisor: Sarah Swisher (Electrical Engineering)

B.S. Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, University of Florida, 2016

I am interested in developing flexible, large-area sensing, bi-directional electro-optic neural interfaces for optogenetics studies.

Bradley Edelman

Advisors: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering) and Geoff Ghose (Neuroscience)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012

My research interests include brain-computer interface, EEG source reconstruction, neuroprostheses, and rehabilitation engineering.

Luke Everson

Advisor: Chris Kim (Electrical Engineering)

B.E.E. Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015

I am interested in developing novel neuromorphic computing architectures as well as high performance in-situ neural interfaces.

Cory Gloeckner

Advisors: Hubert Lim (Biomedical Engineering) and James Carey (Physical Therapy)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Cincinnati, 2011

The goal of my research is to identify non-invasive strategies for inducing neural plasticity.

Logan Grado

Logan Grado

Advisors: Tay Netoff (Biomedical Engineering), Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering), and Jerrold Vitek (Neurology)

B.A. Physics and Chemistry, Luther College, 2014

Mark Hamilton

Advisors: Hubert Lim (Biomedical Engineering) and Geoff Ghose (Neuroscience)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, 2012
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, 2014

My current research interests include the use of closed loop algorithms for auditory implant processing.

Brendan Hasz

Advisors: David Redish (Neuroscience) and Tay Netoff (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Neuroscience and Computer Science, Brandeis University, 2013

My research interests include computational neuroscience, neural coding and network function, and brain-computer interfacing.

Kory Jenkins

Advisors: Rusen Yang (Mechanical Engineering) and Juergen Konczak (Kinesiology)

B.A.E.M. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, 2007

My research interests include brain-computer interfaces and nano-material based sensors to replicate human tactile perception.

Tyler Lekang

Tyler Lekang

Advisors: Andrew Lamperski (Electrical Engineering) and James Ashe (Neuroscience)

B.S. Electrical Engineering, North Dakota State University, 2008

My research interests lie at the intersection of control & dynamics and neural interfacing. I would like develop technology that enhances the control of complicated machines (for example, robotic arms and hands) via neural interfaces.

Ken Louie

Advisor: Tay Netoff (Biomedical Engineering) and Scott Cooper (Neurology)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, B.S. Mathematics, University of Utah, 2015

I am interested in applying machine learning strategies to develop a closed-loop deep brain stimulation algorithm.

Elisabeth Moore

Advisors: Geoffrey Ghose (Neuroscience) and Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Genetics, Cell, and Developmental Biology, Arizona State University, 2012

My lab studies how neural networks are coded in the perceptual process of visual attention, utilizing electrical recordings, microstimulation, and neuroimaging techniques in non-human primates. I am interested in how neuromodulation, such as microstimulation, can alter visual attention and provide insight into neuronal network plasticity. I also have a general interest in neuromodulatory devices.

Tyler Nordmann

Tyler Nordmann

Advisor: Andrew Lamperski (Electrical Engineering)

B. Biomedical Engineering (B.Bm.E.), University of Minnesota, 2014

My research interests include neural interfacing, control of neurological disorders via neuromodulation, and neural prosthetics.

Edgar Peña

Advisors: Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering) and Colum MacKinnon (Neurology)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of California Irvine, 2013

I am interested in neuromodulation technologies, such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS).  These technologies provide wide-reaching potential for understanding the brain and for providing therapy for neuropsychiatric disorders.  As a graduate student, I aim to combine my neuroimaging background and UMN's neuroengineering training to develop new approaches for using these neuromodulation tools.

Vadim Petruk

Advisors: Sheng He (Psychology) and Bin He (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 2012

My research interests include using neuroimaging techniques (EEG/MEG; fMRI) to investigate the neural mechanisms of visual awareness and perception.

Julia Quindlen

Advisors: Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering) and Martha Flanders (Neuroscience)

B.S.E. Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2012

I plan to focus on the neural pathways of biomechanics and will combine the mechanical and neural responses to motion in order to understand how motion is communicated to the brain. Specifically, I am interested in proprioception and understanding how the brain can perceive the relative position of the body in three-dimensional space.

Nicholas Roberts

Advisor: Tay Netoff (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Bioengineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, 2016

I am interested in closed-loop control and machine learning techniques for seizure suppression.

Gerardo Rodriguez Orellana

Advisor: Hubert Lim (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 2016

My current research interests involve non-invasive neuromodulation techniques and close-loop algorithms aimed at developing a novel hearing aid.

Gabriella Shull

Advisor: Suhasa Kodandaramaiah (Mechanical Engineering)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, SUNY Binghamton, 2016

I am interested in creating new ways to massively parallelize intracellular bidirectional interfaces with the brain and new tools for neuroscience.

Julia Slopsema

Advisors: Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering) and Scott Cooper (Neurology)

B.S.E. Engineering (Bioelectrical), Hope College, 2015

I am interested in exploring the application of neuromodulation techniques to deep brain stimulation for the treatment of neural disorders.

James "Jake" Stieger

Advisors: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering) and Stephen Engel (Psychology)

B.S. Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, 2013

I am interested in machine learning principles and their applications in neuroscience. My current research focus is in brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

Martha Streng

Advisor: Timothy Ebner (Neuroscience) and Hubert Lim (Biomedical Engineering)

B.A. Neuroscience and Behavior, Mount Holyoke College, 2012

I am interested in neural control of movement and motor learning.

Daniel Suma

Advisor: Bin He (Biomedical Engineering)

B.S. Chemical Engineering with Honors Thesis, University of Notre Dame, 2016

My research interest include brain-computer interfaces, machine learning, and data mining.

Zachary Zeidler

Zachary Zeidler

Advisors: Esther Krook-Magnuson (Neuroscience) and Hubert Lim (Biomedical Engineering)

B.A. Neuroscience, Colorado College, 2012

My research addresses the physiological roles of neuronal populations and network dynamics, focusing on insights into epilepsy treatment.

Tianqi Li

Tianqi Li

I am currently interested in signal processing, imaging methods and exploring the brain. My current research is trying to dig out the mechanism of ultrasound action on neurons using Optical Coherence Tomography. Also, my research includes imaging some other brain regions and brain disorders using OCT.

B.S. Electronic Information Science and Technology, China University of Science and Technology, 2015

Pantea Moghimi

Pantea Moghimi

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology, 2011

B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Tehran, 2008

Rachel Niu

Xiaodan "Rachel" Niu

I am interested in applying signal processing techniques to multi-modal functional brain imaging.

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester, 2015

Sina Shirinpour

Sina Shirinpour

I am currently interested in multimodal neuroimaging and brain-computer interfaces.

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Tehran University, 2015

Abbas Sohrabpour

Abbas Sohrabpour

I am interested in signal processing and mathematical modeling of neural processes and pathologies, specifically in epilepsy. My research focus is on using noninvasive imaging modalities such as EEG/MEG to better understand the location and underlying dynamics of epileptic networks. This research can help physicians in reaching a better diagnosis and more efficient remedies in more traditional treatments, i.e. surgical resection, and emerging ones such as deep brain stimulators.

  • Sohrabpour, A., Lu, Y., Kankirawantana, P., Blount, J., Kim, H., He, B. (2015). Effect of EEG electrode number on epileptic source localization in pediatric patients. Clinical Neurophysiology.
  • Lu, Y., Worrell, G., Zhang, H., Sohrabpour, A., He, B. (2013). EEG source imaging and connectivity analysis in epilepsy patients. Signals, Systems and Computers, Asilomar Conference. IEEE.
  • DMD Conference, Advances in Medical Devices II, April 2014. EEG Electrode Configuration and Source Imaging.

B.S. Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2011
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, 2012

Shuai Ye

Shuai Ye

B.E. Biomedical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2014

David Zhang

Simeng "David" Zhang

I am interested in brain computer interfaces (BCIs). My research involves primate modeling of local field potential driven BCIs.

B.S. Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2010

Abbey Holt Becker

Abbey Holt Becker

IGERT Associate 2012-2016; Advisor - Tay Netoff, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Using Phase Response Curves to Optimize Deep Brain Stimulation"

Ph.D. Neuroscience, University of Minnesota, 2016

B.A. Mathematics, Chemistry, and Biology, St. Olaf College, 2010

Allison Connolly

Allison Connolly

IGERT Associate 2012-2014; Advisor - Matthew Johnson, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Advances in Bidirectional Deep Brain Stimulation Interfaces"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2014

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2010

Nessa Johnson

Nessa Johnson

IGERT Associate 2012-2016; Advisor - Bin He, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Combining TMS and EEG for Characterizing Motor Network Interactions and Improving Motor Recovery After Stroke"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas, 2010

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of St. Thomas, 2009

Craig Markovitz

Craig Markovitz

IGERT Associate 2012-2014; Advisor - Hubert Lim, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Invasive and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Strategies for the Treatment of Tinnitus"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2014

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis, 2009

Sarah Offutt

Sarah Offutt

IGERT Associate 2012-2015; Advisor - Hubert Lim, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "The Inferior Colliculus: A Target for Deep Brain Stimulation for Tinnitus Suppression"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2009

Ben Teplitzky

Ben Teplitzky

IGERT Associate 2012-2016; Advisor - Matthew Johnson, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Personalized Computational Models of Deep Brain Stimulation"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2017

B.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, Arizona State University, 2011

Joe Xiao

YiZi "Joe" Xiao

IGERT Associate 2012-2015; Advisor - Matt Johnson, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Experimental and Model-based Approaches to Directional Thalamic Deep Brain Stimulation"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016

B.S. Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2010

Huishi "Clara" Zhang

IGERT Associate 2012-2015; Advisor - Bin He, Biomedical Engineering

Thesis - "Multimodal Functional Neuroimaging of Epilepsy and Pain"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2015

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, National University of Singapore, 2007

Laura Zitella

Laura Zitella

IGERT Trainee 2012-2016; Advisors: Matthew Johnson (Biomedical Engineering) and Jerrold Vitek (Neurology)

Thesis - "Development of Computational Models of Pedunculopontine Nucleus Stimulation for Clinical Trials and Mechanistic Studies"

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2016

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011