People

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PI: Maysam Chamanzar

Maysam Chamanzar joined the ECE department at Carnegie Mellon University as an assistant professor in 2016. He was with the EECS department at University of California Berkeley as a postdoc researcher and later as a research scientist before joining CMU.

He is the director of Biophotonics and Neurotechnologies Lab and also the Shared Photonics Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University.

Maysam is also a faculty member of the Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute (CMNI) and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC) and holds a courtesy appointment with the Biomedical Engineering department.

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Vishal Jain

Vishal joined the team in Spring 2019 as a postdoc researcher after completing postdoc and research positions in University of Delhi, India and National Inst of Physiological Sciences, Japan. He received his PhD in Neuroscience from the Institute of Physiology and Allied Sciences, India.

He is now working to design and perform neurobiology experiments to test and validate next generation non-invasive neural interfaces. He is jointly advised by Profs. Maysam Chamanzar and Pulkit Grover.  

Research Areas: Neurobiology, Brain Slice and in-vivo Electrophysiology, Optogenetics.

Research Staff and Postdocs

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Mats Forssel

Mats received an engineering degree from Ecole Centrale Paris in 2014, an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2012, and a PhD from Carnegie Mellon in 2019. He is now working as a postdoc researcher to design next generation non-invasive neural interfaces. He is jointly advised by Profs. Pulkit Grover and Maysam Chamanzar.  

Research Areas: neural probes, brain-computer interfacing, polymer insulation.

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Hengji Huang

Hengji graduated from the ECE Integrated Masters and Bachelors program(IMB) at Carnegie Mellon University. He joined the team in January 2017 as a Masters student and now he is working as a research assistant in the lab. Hengji is working on developing a novel, faster and more accurate way of 3D printing using sound waves. 

Research Areas: 3D Printing, Acoustics, Optics.

Graduate Students

PhD:

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Matteo G. Scopelliti

Matteo joined the team in Fall 2016 as a PhD student. He received his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy in 2015. He was a visiting graduate student at UC Berkeley from February until July 2015 working on neural probe characterization.

He completed his undergrad studies majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science in 2012 (full mark with honors).

Achievements:

-James Sprague Presidential Fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University 2019-2020

-IEEE BRAIN Best Paper Award, first place, NER19.

Research Areas: Acoustic-optic neural simulation, Optical techniques for Deep Brain Stimulation, Parkinson's disease therapeutics.

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Jay W. Reddy

Jay joined the team as a PhD student in Fall 2016. He has completed his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley majoring both in EECS and Mathematics. ​

Achievements:

- Richard King Mellon Foundation Presidential Fellowship in Life Sciences 2016-2017

Ben Cook Presidential Graduate fellowship 2018-2019

Research Areas: Nano-biophotonics, Optical Neural Probes, Flexible Opto-Electric Neural Probes

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Zabir Ahmed

Zabir joined the group in 2017. He completed his undergraduate and masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). He is working on next-generation high-density optoelectrical neural interfaces.

 

Research Areas: Neurophotonics, Optics/Photonics, Novel Neural Recording Techniques

 

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Yasin Karimi

Yasin joined the group in August 2017. He completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology. 

 

Yasin works on novel beam steering techniques in turbid media using acoustic-optics. He has also been working on designing a novel device platform for neural recording using optic-mechanical resonant structures.

Achievements:

-IEEE BRAIN Best Paper Award, first place, NER19.

Research Areas: Optics and Photonics, Ultrasonics, Neural Technologies.

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Xi He

Xi  completed his undergraduate studies in Electronic and Computer Engineering in Peking University before joining CMU. 

 

Xi is working on designing high-density implantable active CMOS neural probes. He is jointly advised by Profs. Larry Pileggi and Maysam Chamanzar.

Research Areas: CMOS electronics, Neural probes, Neural Technologies.

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Hassan Malekoshoaraie (Malek)

Hassan joined the team in Fall 2019 as a PhD student. He received his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Tehran. He was a postgraduate researcher at Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology (HST) and Boston University working on Biomaterials and Micro/Nanofabrication.

He is working on designing high-density flexible optoelectric neural probes for high resolution recording and optogenetic stimulation of brain activity. He is also working to design and implement skull-like materials for testing novel stimulation and recording paradigms.

 

Research Areas: Flexible Opto-Electric Neural Probes, Neural Stimulation, Brain Machine Interfaces.

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Yufan Zhang

Yufan joined the team as a PhD student in Spring 2020. He completed his undergraduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley and received his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Controls and Robotics at CMU. He is working to design next-generation photonic tactile sensors. He is jointly advised by Profs. Wenzhen Yuan and Maysam Chamanzar.

 

Research Areas: Optics, Integrated Photonics, Robotic Tactile Sensing.

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Shaquetta Johnson

Shaquetta joined the lab in September 2019. She completed her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering Technology & Innovation Management at Carnegie Mellon University.

Shaquetta is working on optimizing neural probe performance during surgery and developing new systems and protocols for the real-time monitoring of neural data.

Achievements:

- University GEM Fellow

Research Areas: Neural Technology, Electrophysiology

Masters:

Masters:

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Manash Pratim Barman

Manash is a first-year ECE Masters Student. He joined the team in September 2019. He is currently working on Neural Data Analysis.  He has experience working on Natural Language Processing, Antenna Design and Wireless Communications.


Research Areas: Neural signal analysis, Machine learning

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Andrea Bonaccorso

Andrea is a Master student in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic University of Turin, Italy.  He completed his  undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering  at Roma Tre University, Italy in 2017. He joined the team in September 2019 as a visiting graduate student. 
His research work is focused on Implantable Neural Probes characterization and packaging.


Research Areas: Electrical/Optical Characterization, Packaging Techniques

Undergraduate Students

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Ramgopal  Venkateswaran

Ramgopal is an ECE undergraduate student currently in his second year of study. He joined the lab in May 2018. He is working on automating the characterization of optical wave guides for neural implants.

Research Areas:  Robotics, Programming

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Lillie Widmayer

Lillie is an ECE undergraduate student currently in her second year of study. She joined the lab in October 2018 and is working on developing a closed-loop system for auditory stimulation in non-human primates. She is also working on the characterization of implantable neural probes.

 

Research Areas:  Neurotechnologies, Instrumentation

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Celine Lee

Celine is a dual major in Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. She joined the lab in Jan 2019 and is currently working electrochemical impedance characterization of custom-designed high-density implantable neural probes, designing an accelerated lifetime testing setup and performing histology on brain tissue after implantation of neural probes.

Research Areas:  Neural probes, EIS, ACLT, and histology

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Drew Jee Woong Choi

Drew Choi is an ECE undergraduate currently in his third year of study. He joined the lab in May 2019 and is currently working on designing and implementing a Wireless Headstage system.

Research Areas: Software Design, Graphic User Interface, Wireless Communications, PCB design

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Mona Yuan

Mona is a Neurobiology undergraduate currently in her first year of study. She joined the lab in January 2020 and is currently working on performing mouse brain slice experiments with upconverting nanoparticles for optogenetic stimulation of the brain deep inside the tissue. 

Research Areas:  Neurobiology, Optogenetics

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Esther Bedoyan

Esther is a dual major in ECE and Biomedical Engineering. She joined the lab in September 2019 and is currently working on neural signal processing obtained from custom-designed high-density implantable probes.

Research Areas:  Neural signal processing

Kaustubh Deshpande

Shivani Prasad

Hana Frluckaj

Edoardo Conte

Maureen Zhu

Alexandra Lechner

Shreya Gupta

Ari Nazem

 

Julia Tucker (Electrical Engineering Lead at L'Oréal)

Albina Kwak (Systems Integration and Test Engineer at NASA)

 

Zhengyuan Pan

Nisha M. Johnson (Synopsis Inc.)

Maya Lassiter (PhD student, GRASP Lab, UPenn)

Sarah Jang

 

Teddy Cai (PhD student, NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program)

 

Daniele Busacchio

Alumni

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Stephan Pupa

Stephen is a dual major in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering in his second year of study. He joined the lab in January 2020 and is currently working on instrumentation for Electrophysiology recording, primarily through characterization of neural probes.

Research Areas:  Neural signal processing