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Principal Investigator


Professor Raviraj Nataraj, Ph.D., is investigating innovative rehabilitation solutions to improve function following injury or neuromuscular disease. His current research interests include simulation-based development of exoskeleton controllers for gait, optimizing rehabilitation of hand function following stroke, and developing novel training paradigms to minimize musculoskeletal injury. He has previously performed clinical research involving restoration of standing following spinal cord injury at the Louis Stokes VAMC and investigation of hand sensorimotor control at the Cleveland Clinic. He has received postgraduate degrees in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering from Stanford University and Case Western Reserve University.

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Ph.D. Students


Sean Sanford

| Lab Manager, Ph.D. Candidate

Sean Sanford, M.S., joined the lab to pursue his Ph.D. degree after completing his Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2016. For his dissertation, he is creating novel multi-sensory feedback approaches for improving muscle control and increasing user-device integration. He is developing visual and haptic feedback methods to train consistent electromyography patterns for better control of a myoelectric assistive device. Sean is incorporating machine-learning algorithms that can accurately map user performance metrics, such as neurophysiological signals to device actions. Sean's concentration is in biomechanics and his interests are in rehabilitation engineering and athletic performance.

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Mingxiao Liu

| Ph.D. Candidate

Mingxiao Liu, M.S., joined the lab to pursue his Ph.D. degree after completing his Masters's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2019. For his dissertation, he is optimizing rehabilitation of grasp control through cognitive agency. He is developing a prototype of a cognition glove to accelerate rehabilitation based on cognitive agency, and creating experimental methods for evaluating improvement in controlling a virtual hand prosthesis for patients with upper limb neuromuscular disorders. Mingxiao's concentration is in biomechanics and his interests are in rehabilitation engineering, device design and development.

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Sophie Dewil

Sophie Dewil, B.A., joined the lab to pursue her Ph.D. degree after completing her Bachelor's degree in neuroscience and cognitive science from Vassar College in 2017 and working four years in the healthcare and rehabilitation field. Sophie is interested in rehabilitation, prosthetics, and brain-computer interfaces. After graduation she hopes to work towards bridging the gap between biomedical innovation and clinical implementation.

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Graduate Students


Samuel Wilder

| 2020 BME High Academic Achievement Award Winner

Samuel Wilder, M.S., joined the lab as a graduate Biomedical Engineering major. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is investigating how to tune movement performance and speed in relation to the sense of agency in order to maximize performance of prosthetic movement. The study is tested in a virtual environment through devices in order to simulate minimal user input.

Troy Bradbury

Troy Bradbury, B.S., joined the lab as a graduate Biomedical Engineering major. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. He assists current endeavors by researching and presenting related literature on research topics which can be leveraged to improve lab projects. He is interested in the fields of prosthetics, bionic limbs, and exoskeleton suits.


Undergraduate Students


Amanda Clemente

Amanda Clemente is a senior Mechanical Engineering degree with a Biomedical Engineering concentration. She is assisting in visual and haptic feedback research for the optimization of assisted devices. In the future, she is passionate about working in the medical device field.

Sarah Kuptchik

Sarah Kuptchik is a senior Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student. She is assisting in literature review and scientific writing about the utilization of virtual reality for accelerating motor-learning and increasing cognitive-integration with myoelectric devices. She enjoys volunteering in the community, and she hopes to attend medical school to eventually work with pediatric patients.

Elena Davis

Elena Davis is a 3/4 Biomedical Engineering undergraduate at Stevens. She is assisting in researching how memory and attention can be leveraged for the optimization of assisted devices. Elena hopes to pursue a career in the medical field, whether that be achieved by going to medical school or working in the medical device field.

Trevor Dameika

Trevor Dameika is a 3/4 Biomedical Engineering student. He has assisted in finding innovations for the brace project. As he continues his role with the lab, he hopes to find a role in innovating the medical device industry or working with potential consumers to customize medical devices.

Linda Vataksi

Linda Vataksi is an undergraduate Biomedical Engineering student. She assists in the CAD development of the upper-body restrictive brace device and the Robot Arm Project. In the future, she plans to work in the medical device industry.


Highschool Students


Johanna Gomez

Johanna Gomez is a senior high school student majoring in computer science at Bergen County Technical School. She is creating her own application that focuses on testing a user’s memory with visual feedback to screen for cognitive impairment. She plans to pursue further education in the field of biomedical engineering.

Kwabena Boateng

Kwabena Boateng is a Junior at Ossining High School. He assists in the development of the Virtual Reality Education Module through his development of virtual rehabilitation training tasks for the sense of agency and movement control. In the future, he is focused on pursuing a career in biomedical engineering.

Matthew Neissen

Matthew Neissen is a junior at High Tech High School, where he's a Biomedical Sciences major with a strong interest in biomedical engineering, mathematics, and computer science. He is in the early stages of developing a virtual reality game to aid in the movement and cognitive rehabilitation of stroke patients suffering from aphasia. He's also the founder of High Tech's SHPE chapter and enjoys coaching his brother's middle-school basketball team in his free time.

Joseph Gisoldi

Joseph Gisoldi is a junior at Wall High School. He is working alongside Micah Rubin and Liam Sittig to develop a virtual reality program designed to provide rehabilitation for hand tremors. He is a member of Wall's Pre-Engineering Academy, and is focused on a future career in Engineering.

Micah Rubin

Micah Rubin is a junior member of the pre-engineering academy at Wall High School. Currently he is working in collaboration with Joseph Gisoldi and Liam Sittig to create a virtual reality application designed to reduce hand tremors and improve manual dexterity. In the future Micah would like to pursue a career in the field of biomedical engineering.

Liam Sittig

Liam Sittig is a junior in Wall High School's Pre-Engineering Academy. Liam is working with Joseph Gisoldi and Micah Rubin to develop a virtual reality program designed to provide rehabilitation for those who suffer from hand tremors. In the future, Liam hopes to pursue a career in computer engineering.

Aqsa Owais

Aqsa Owais is a senior at the Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences. She is developing a virtual reality game to improve the upper-extremity rehabilitation of stroke patients. Her research focuses on the relationship between cognitive engagement and the degree of freedom with rewards. In the future, Aqsa would like to pursue a career in biomedical engineering as a physician-scientist.

Shruti Tyagi

Shruti Tyagi is a senior and ISEF alum at the Middlesex County Academy for Allied Health and Biomedical Sciences. She is working to develop a rehabilitation game for amblyopia that seeks to improve vision of the weaker eye. Her interests lie in biomedical engineering and health care research.

Mayur Srinivas

Mayur Srinivas is a senior at the Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering. He is developing a simulation that addresses problems with motor control in patients with neuromuscular disorders. In the future, Mayur would like to pursue Biomedical Engineering, specifically Biomechanics, and aid in the design of prosthetic devices.

Raj Shah

Raj Shah is a senior at Monroe Township High School. He is working to develop a VR game that will aid in the rehabilitation of spinal cord injury patients by focusing on improving fine motor skills and enabling full-body mobility in patients. In the future, Raj wishes to pursue a career in biomedical engineering as a physician-scientist.

Ashita Birla

Ashita Birla is a junior and ISEF finalist at Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School. She is working to leverage virtual reality towards working memory rehabilitation therapy for patients with neurological injuries/disorders by testing visuospatial retention. In the future, Ashita hopes to pursue her passion in computer science and biomedical engineering.


Summer 2019




Top: Alec Rybarski, Olivia Poplawski, Daniel Kang, Brian Collins
Middle: Kevin Walsh, Samuel Wilder, Anthony Santo
Bottom: Dr. Raviraj Nataraj, Sean Sanford, Mingxiao Liu


Alumni


Kevin Walsh

| 2019 Outsanding Dissertation Award

Kevin Walsh graduated with a Master of Science in Bioengineering in the Spring of 2019. His dissertation was titled 'Simulated Nervous System Lesions in Machine Learning for Myoelectric Control'.

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David Hollinger

David Hollinger graduated with a Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering in the Fall of 2018. His dissertation was titled 'Accelerating Neuromotor Learning with Reward Feedback'.

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Graduate

Fady Elgindy, 2021


Kevin Walsh, 2019 - Outstanding Dissertation Award


Anthony Santo, 2019


Aniket Shah, 2019


Zheng Xia, 2019


David Hollinger, 2018


Tariq Charleston, 2018


Norika Cheng, 2018


Anna Kedzierska, 2017


Felix Chen, 2017


Jialin Su, 2017


Michael Pacelli, 2017




Undergraduate

Peter Damianov, 2020


Thomas Selvaggi, 2020


Daniel Kang, 2019 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Scholar


Olivia Poplawski, 2019


Brian Collins, 2019 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Scholar


Corrine Rybarski, 2018 - Innovation and Entrepreneurship Summer Scholar


Michael Blas, 2018


Gabriella Borodyansky, 2018


Vasu Srevatsan, 2018


Dylan DeBoer, 2017


Harshith Alluri, 2017


Ivette Marte, 2017




High School

Jeevanantham Sundaram Murugan, 2019


Alec Rybarski, 2019


Edward Kim, 2019


Aarya Mehta, 2019


Claudia Malleti, 2018


Brandon Mooney, 2018