PhD Students

Dingyi Pei

| PhD Candidate | Lab Manager

Dingyi Pei, received her B.S degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 2016, and M.E. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2018. Her undergraduate and graduate research projects consisted of prosthetic control methods, brain-computer interfaces, bio-signal detection circuit designs, bio-signal and medical image processing. She received the third prize in International Contest of Applications in Nano-Micro Technologies, China, in 2014.

Parthan Olikkal

| PhD Candidate

Parthan Olikkal, received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from Cochin University of Science and Technology, India, in 2017. From 2017 to 2019 he worked with IBM, India. He received his MS in Computer Science from University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2021, where he is working towards the Ph.D. degree with the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department. His research interests include brain-machine interfaces, bio-signal processing, machine learning and rehabilitative robotics. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Farshad Safavi

| PhD Student

Farshad Safavi, received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Canada, in 2012, and a Master of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto in 2018. His past projects consist of developing large-scale software for mobile health applications, embedded systems, and deep learning on edge devices. His research interests include brain-machine interfaces, deep learning, computer vision, and numerical methods for signal processing.

Sadia Kamal

| PhD Student

Sadia Kamal, received her undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering from BabaSaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University(A Central University), India, in 2017. She did her M.S. in Electronics Engineering from South Korea,2020 and has published research article. Her graduate research was based on medical image analysis for diagnosing and detecting neurodegenerative disease using deep learning.From Dec 2020-Sept 2021 she worked on brain signal processing for emotion recognition in the University of Hertfordshire, U.K. Her research interests include biomedical image processing, brain-computer interfaces, bio-signal processing, machine learning.


Bhargavi Poyekar

| Graduate Researcher

Shravika Tirumala

| Graduate Researcher

Sivanag Maddineni

| Graduate Researcher

Kulin Patel

| Graduate Researcher

Hariom Vyas

| Graduate Researcher

Sachin Phogat

| Graduate Researcher

Aditi Shrivastava

| Graduate Researcher

Havisha Garimella

| Graduate Researcher

Kiran Jambhale

| Graduate Researcher

Prajakta Narsay

| Graduate Researcher



| Meyerhoff Undergraduate Scholar Researcher

Kyaw T Tun

| Undergraduate Researcher

Ben Rieland

| Undergraduate Researcher

Erick Kegni

| Meyerhoff Scholar Researcher

Xavier Smith

| Meyerhoff Scholar Researcher | URISE Scholar

Mathew Makila

| Meyerhoff Scholar Researcher

Paisley Code

| Undergraduate Researcher

Abraham Alam

| Undergraduate Researcher

Helen Meyerson

| (Seton Hall University) | Undergraduate Researcher


| BITS PILANI - Hyderabad | Undergraduate Researcher


Niyati Sharma

| High School Researcher | ( Richard Montgomery High School, Class of 2023)

Thomas Li

| High School Researcher | (River Hill High School, Class of 2025)

Smridhi Mahajan

| High School Researcher | (The Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Class of 2023)


| High School Researcher | (Troy High School, Class of 2023)


| High School Researcher | (Centennial High School, Class of 2023)


Ramana Vinjamuri

Ramana Vinjamuri received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Kakatiya University (India) in 2002. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University in 2004 specialized in Bioinstrumentation. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2008 specialized in Dimensionality Reduction in Control and Coordination of Human Hand from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2008-2012) in the field of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) to control prosthesis in the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (2012-2013). He was a Harvey N Davis Distinguished Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology (2013-2020). He received the NSF CAREER Award in 2019 and NSF IUCRC "BRAIN" Center Planning Grant in 2020. He worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering (CSEE) at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) 2020-2023. Currently he is a Tenured Associate Professor at UMBC CSEE. He also holds a secondary appointment as a Visiting Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India.

Curriculum Vitae


Jane Bear-Lehman

In addition to serving as Department Chair and Professor of Health Studies in the College of Health Professions at Pace University, Dr. Bear-Lehman serves as an adjunct associate professor in the NYU College of Dentistry Psychosocial Research Unit on Health, Aging, and the Community. Dr. Bear-Lehman's clinical and scholarship specialties are in orthopedics, upper limb rehabilitation, work reentry, and functional performance measurement. She held faculty positions in occupational therapy at New York University, Columbia University, the University of Toronto and at the University of Illinois-Chicago. She has over 70 publications in refereed journals and textbooks. Her research enterprise centers around upper limb assessment and intervention with a focus on the hand and spanning different populations. Dr. Bear-Lehman has continually served as a Principal Investigator (PI), Co-PI or as a member of executive advisory boards on externally funded federal grants for the last two decades.

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Nathan Crone

Nathan Crone, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Neurology and director of the Cognitive Neurophysiology and Brain-Machine Interface Laboratory. Dr. Crone leads a long-standing research program using intracranial EEG to study human brain mechanisms of language, attention, and motor function. This research is carried out in patients undergoing intracranial EEG monitoring prior to epilepsy surgery. Dr. Crone serves as an attending neurologist in the Johns Hopkins Hospital where his clinical work focuses on the management of drug-resistant epilepsy, electroencephalography, and intraoperative monitoring. Dr. Crone's technical expertise is in the fields of cognitive neuroscience and neurophysiology, including the rapid characterization and application of human neurophysiological responses for both functional brain mapping and brain-machine interfaces.

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Rajarathnam Chandramouli

Dr. Chandramouli is Hattrick Chair Professor in Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Stevens. His research interests are in Computational Biology, Optimization methods and control. He is also interested in cognitive networks and social media modeling. Dr. Chandramouli’'s research focuses on the advancement in several specialties, including; Cognitive radio networks, wireless security, Internet media security and forensics (steganography, text forensics, etc.) computational biology and applied probability theory. He recently received NSF funding for his work entitled, “Human Behavior Inspired Cognitive Radio Network Design.” In this project he studies communication protocols involving cognitive radio networks that resemble human behavior and psychological interactions.

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Ionut Florescu

Ionut Florescu, Ph.D., is Research Associate Professor in Financial Engineering Department Division at the Stevens Institute of Technology and Director of Hanlon Financial Systems Lab. Professor Florescu expertise lies in developing stochastic models and using them for real-life applications. As detailed in many in publications, these applications pertain to computer vision, cryptography, environmental studies, geophysics and transformative learning. One such application is the Stevens High Frequency Trading (SHIFT) Simulation System which started development in January 2014. It is the first model of its kind to test the behavior of modern high frequency financial markets using live, real-time market data. Other applications include the ABCShift a patented computer vision algorithm that allows tracking of objects in videos when the background is changing, ROI the cloud robotics application, liquidity studies in finance and his main area of expertise stochastic volatility modeling.

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Douglas Kondziolka

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Kondziolka served on the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh from 1992 to 2012. There he served as Chief of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery and Co-Director of the Center for Image-Guided Neurosurgery. He also served as the Associate Residency Program Director, and Vice- Chair for Education. He was the neuroscience task force leader for the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Kondziolka served as principal investigator of the first two clinical neurotransplantation trials for the care of patients with stroke and is currently co-principal investigator on a study to evaluate bone marrow derived neuroprogenitor cell implantation for stroke. He has completed two clinical trials in neurostimulation research for major depression. While in Pittsburgh he directed the UPMC Center for Brain Function and Behavior.

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Anil Maybhate

Dr. Maybhate obtained his Ph.D. in Dynamical Systems Theory from University of Pune, India in 2003. He came to the United States for his postdoctoral research at the Cornell University's Weill Medical College, where he worked on the dynamics of cardiac arrhythmias in porcine models of cardiac arrest. With a background in mathematical physics, Dr. Maybhate has successfully explored multiple interdisciplinary areas of biomedical engineering, including complexities of human posture, and intra-cardiac ECG-based markers of myocardial infraction at the Infinite Biomedical Technologies, a start-up medical device company in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Anil Maybhate joined the faculty of the MS in Applied Biomedical Engineering program and is developing online course in Biomedical Sensors and Devices. Recently he was awarded for his outstanding teaching contribution.

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Michael Majsak

Dr. Majsak is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Physical Therapy at New York Medical College, Valhalla. Dr. Majsak continues to enjoy exploring ways to promote optimal neurologic rehabilitation through his clinical research involving the application of motor learning principles to adults with neurologic conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and traumatic brain injury; and to children with Cerebral Palsy or brain injury. Dr. Majsak has had numerous publications and has presented lectures nationally and across the world on topics related to motor learning and neurologic physical therapy. He is currently being funded through a planning grant from the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association to establish a national multi-center consortium to study optimal practice schedules for children with cerebral palsy performing robot-assisted upper limb rehabilitation.

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Alon Mogilner

Dr. Mogilner received his BA and MS degrees from Columbia University in computer science. He subsequently received his M.D. degree as well as a Ph.D. in physiology and neuroscience at NYU School of Medicine, where his research focused on functional imaging of the brain and neuronal plasticity. He then completed residency training in neurosurgery as well as a fellowship in Functional and Stereotactic Neurosurgery at NYU Medical Center. He returned to NYU in 2012 as director of the Center for Neuromodulation, where he continues to lead a multidisciplinary team offering treatment to those affected with a number of chronic neurologic conditions.

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Monica Perez

Monica Perez, P.T., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery. She holds a secondary faculty position with the Department of Physical Therapy and with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation where she studies mechanisms involved in the control of movement in healthy humans and in individuals with spinal cord injury. Dr. Perez received a Ph.D. in physical therapy from University of Miami School of Medicine in 2003. She attended the University of Copenhagen as a post-doctoral fellow at the laboratory of Professor Jens B. Nielsen until 2005. She joined the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH in 2005 as a research fellow working with Dr. Leonardo G. Cohen until 2008. Her research has focused on studying adaptations in motor cortical and spinal cord circuits during acquisition of a novel motor skill using upper and lower limb muscles. This work has been complemented by studies aiming to better understand modulation in motor cortical circuits, including intracortical and interhemispheric interactions between primary motor cortices, during voluntary movement.

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Kishore Pochiraju

Dr. Pochiraju’'s research analyses Multi-Scale Simulation of Performance and Durability of High Temperature Polymeric Composites and Structures, Real-Time Autonomous or Remotely Operated Robotic Systems, Product Design and Manufacturing Process Sciences. He is the Director of the Design & Manufacturing Institute (DMI), the interdisciplinary center that integrates product design, materials processing, and manufacturing expertise with modern software and embedded systems technologies for defense and commercial applications. Dr. Pochiraju is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), American Society for Composites, American Soceity for Engineering Education (ASEE), and the Institute of Electrical and Electroncis Engineers (IEEE).

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Michael Pourfar

Dr. Michael Pourfar is the Co-Director of the Center for Neuromodulation at NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Pourfar is a neurologist specializing in deep brain stimulation, a multidisciplinary effort that focuses on advanced surgical interventions for movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor and dystonia. Dr. Pourfar is involved in clinical research and clinical trials. He attended medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia then completed his neurology residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, where he was chief resident. He completed a movement disorders fellowship at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center where he specialized in deep brain stimulation. Dr. Pourfar is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorders Society, the Parkinson’s Study Group and the Huntington’s Study Group. He has published numerous articles and chapters pertaining to movement disorders.

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Shyam Jaiswal

Dr. Shyam Jaiswal is working as a consultant Neurophysician in CARE Institute of Health Sciences (CIHS), Hyderabad from 2014 till date. He works as a DrNB teacher in the Department of Neurology at CARE Institute of Health Sciences (CIHS), Hyderabad from 2014 till date. He also holds a secondary appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Mahavir Institute of Medical Sciences (MIMS), Vikarabad from 2022. He did clinical observer ship in Neurology Dept, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston MA, USA in 2013, and in Epilepsy in Neurology Dept, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, USA in 2017. He has 12 international journal publications by his name. He presented his works and talks in as many as 18 International and 24 national workshops and conferences. Dr Jaiswal has recently been awarded with the council the membership of National Academy of Medical Sciences (MNAMS). He is also currently principal investigator for 2 stroke trials, STENOSIS and MOBILITY. He has been co-investigator for 2 stroke trials, INSTRuCT phase I and phase II and one epilepsy trials. Recently he has been interested in working in the area of BCI (Brain Computer Interface) and visiting IIT,Mandi and IIT,Hyderabad.

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Krishna Patil

Dr.Krishna Patil is a consultant Nephrologist and Kidney Transplant Physician practicing at KIMS Hospitals, Hyderabad. He is trained in most renowned institutes in India(KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Sir JJ Hospital, Mumbai, IPGMER, Kolkata), and The Ottawa Hospitals, Canada. Dr. Krishna Patil is regarded as the best Nephrologist in Hyderabad With total 15 years of medical practice and 9 years of Nephrology practice, he is an expert in all Kidney procedures like Native and Graft Kidney biopsy, Permanent Tunnelled HemoDialysis Catheter placement, percutaneous Peritoneal dialysis catheter placement, all modalities of dialysis like HD(Hemodialysis), HDF(Hemodiafiltration), SLED(Slow low-efficiency dialysis), CRRT(Continuous renal replacement therapy), APD(Automated Peritoneal dialysis), CAPD(Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis). Owing to his nearly 15 years of experience in nephrology, and his expertise in treating chronic Kidney Disease, he is also the most sought-after kidney specialist in Hyderabad and the best Kidney specialist in Hyderabad.

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UMBC Alumni



| Graduate Researcher 2021


| Gradudate Researher 2021


| Gradudate Researher 2021

High School

Anirudh Manchella

| High School Summer Researcher 2020



| CWIT Scholar/Researcher 2021


| CWIT Scholar/Researcher 2021


| Meyerhoff Scholar/Researcher 2021

Stevens Institute of Technology Alumni


Martin Burns

| PhD, 2015-2020 (R&D Robotics Engineer, Alert Innovation, Medford, MA)

Vrajeshri Patel

| PhD, 2014-2017 (Biomedical Engineer, Leidos (Naval Health Research Center), San Diego, CA)

Joseph Conway

| Graduate Researcher, 2020

Keyu Song

| Visiting Graduate Researcher, 2019

Rachel Rosa

| Mechanical Engineering BE/ME, 2016-2019

Shanthini Madhanagopal

| Biomedical Engineering ME, 2018-2019

Rukmal Weerawarana

| Financial Engineering MS, 2018-2019

Gerald Lamina

| SE, Masters Research 2018

Richard Roma

| Master of Business Administration, Fall 2017-2018

Riley Shoneck

| Biomedical Engineering MS, 2017-2018

Hafsa Nadia

| Electrical Engineering MS, 2016-2017

Brendan Hickey

| ME, Masters Research 2015-2016

Divyesh Mehta

| Masters Research, 2015-2016

Dr. Hima Kadaru

| Clinical Research, Summer 2015

Jessica Kleinbart

| BME, Masters Research 2014-2015

Cory Zegel

| BME, Masters Research 2014-2015

Payal Parekh

| MS, Summer Research 2013

High School

Rohan Mukundhan

| High School Summer Research 2018-2020

Helen Meyerson

| High School Summer Research 2018

Sanya Jain

| High School Summer Research 2018

Shweta Vazhappily

| High School Summer Research 2015

Srishti Karra

| High School Summer Research 2014


Zamin Akmal

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, 2019-2020

Andrew Hwang

PSE&G Researcher Fellow, 2019

Skylar Migliaccio

| Pinnacle Research Scholar, Center for Healthcare Innovation Research Fellow, 2019-2020

Katie Van Orden

| Pinnacle Research Scholar, 2016-2019

Julia Stika

| Summer Research Student, Summer 2016

Michael Obando

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, 2018-2019

Fattum Abbad

| Undergraduate Researcher, 2019

Brandon Herb

| I&E Summer Research Fellow, 2018

Shreya Anjaria

| CHI Research Fellow, 2018-2019

Hirra Shirani

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, 2018-2019

Daniel Cleary

| Summer Research Scholar, 2018

Magdalena Slonski

| Pinnacle Research Scholar, 2018

Devon Thompson

| Summer Research Student, Summer 2018

Sal Finocchiaro

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, 2017-2018

Jacob Coumans

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, 2017-2018

Jay Patel

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, 2017-2018

Stephanie Sayegh

| ICFNJ Research Fellow, Summer 2016-2017

Teny Odaimi

| Summer Research Scholar, Summer 2017

Christian Jensen

| Pinnacle Research Scholar, Summer 2017

Julia Stika

| Summer Research Student, Summer 2016

Jorge Salome

| Summer Research, 2016

Richard Schermerhorn

| Pinnacle Scholar Research, 2016

Zach Zavoda

| I&E Research, 2016

Michelle Schumacher

| Stevens Scholar Research, Summer 2016

Lilly Razzaghi

| Summer Research student, Summer 2016

Jeffrey Paine

| Stevens Scholar Research, Summer 2016

Colin Navickas

| Summer Research Student, Summer 2016

Jamie Craig

| Scholars and CHI Research, 2015-2016

Michael Reilly

| Summer Research, 2015-2016

Joe LoRicco

| I&E, BME Summer Research 2015

Charles Kawalski

| ME, Summer Research 2015

Nicollete Pappas

| BME, Fall Research 2015

Poojita Thukral

| BITS Goa, India, Senior Design 2015

Sara Hassan

| CHI Research, 2014-15

Akash Sharma

| ChemBio Senior Design 2014

Kevin Doherty

| ECE, Summer Research 2014

Faisal Mansuri

| BME, Summer Research 2014

Piotr Kulik

| ECE, Summer Research 2014

Tim Dana

| BME, Summer Research 2014

Mike Magglio

| BME, Summer Research 2014