Principal Investigator: Nitish V. Thakor, PhD

Email: nitish[at]jhu[dot]edu

Dr. Nitish Thakor is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and at Johns Hopkins University since 1983 and National University of Singapore since 2012.  He is also the Founding Director of Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology at the National University of Singapore. His technical expertise is in the field of Neuroengineering, where he has pioneered many technologies for brain monitoring, implantable neurotechnologies, neuroprosthesis and brain-machine interface.

He has published over 400 refereed journal papers, has 17 US and international patents and co-founded 3 active companies. He was previously the Editor in Chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, and currently the EIC of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing (Springer/Nature). He is the Editor of an upcoming authoritative reference Handbook of Neuroengineering.  Prof. Thakor is a recipient of the Technical Achievement Award (Neuroengineering) as well as the Academic Career Award from the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. He received a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Life Fellow of IEEE, Biomedical Engineering Society, and International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. 

Graduate Students

Graduate Students

Christopher Hunt

BME PhD Program chunt11[at]jhmi[dot]edu

Chris has an interest in forward motor control strategies for upper limb prostheses. His current research applies principles of machine learning, optimal control, and biomechanics to better understand natural motor planning and execution in hybrid man-machine systems.
Graduate Students

Mark Iskarous

BME PhD Program miskaro1[at]jhu[dot]edu

Mark is interested in developing systems that neuromorphically encode tactile stimuli as electrical stimulation patterns in order to seamlessly interface with the nervous system. He is also interested in neuromorphic computing and models of the nervous system.
Graduate Students

Becca Greene

ECE PhD Program greener[at]jhu[dot]edu

Becca works on methods for myographic signal classification and visual-tactile servicing systems. Her general research interests are robotics, brain-machine interface, and the balance of machine learning with mathematically provable control techniques.
Graduate Students

Alexis Lowe

BME PhD Program alowe14[at]jhmi[dot]edu

Alexis is passionate to explore materials and methods that interface the human nervous system with bioelectronic devices. Her current research focuses on implantable electrode design for peripheral nerve interfaces.
Graduate Students

Keqin (Catherine) Ding

BME PhD Program kding3[at]jhu[dot]edu

Catherine is interested in the cortical responses of sensory feedback. Her current research uses EEG to study dynamic sensorimotor processing under sensory stimulation and characterize responses in chronic pain patients.
Graduate Students

Sriramana Sankar

BME PhD Program ssankar6[at]jhu[dot]edu

Sri is interested in texture discrimination applications using soft prosthesis and flexible tactile sensors. The compliant nature of soft robotic fingers allows for safe and dexterous manipulation of objects in an unstructured environment.
Graduate Students

Kiara Quinn

BME PhD Program kquinn20[at]jhu[dot]edu

Kiara is interested in bioelectronic medicine and neuroprosthetics. She is a Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute Graduate Scholar, and her current research focuses on implantable devices for interfacing with reinnervated muscle.
Graduate Students

Prachi Agarwal

ECE PhD Program pagarwa7[at]jhu[dot]edu

Current work is focused on HRV and autonomic dysfunction correlation perceiving arousal and global neurological injury. My general research interests are biomedical signal processing, machine learning and Brain machine interface.
Graduate Students

Denis Routkevitch

BME MD/PhD droutke1[at]jhu[dot]edu

Denis is interested in using engineering to enhance treatment outcomes in neurosurgery. Currently, he is exploring the use of ultrasound in spinal cord injury through measurement of blood flow autoregulation and immunomodulation using focused ultrasound .
Graduate Students

Arik Slepyan

ECE PhD Program aslepya1[at]jhu[dot]edu

Arik is a PhD student in ECE developing scalable tactile sensing skins with wireless readouts for the prosthetic hand. His research focuses on hardware development, wireless communication, compressive sampling, and high-speed interfacing. He is also interested in microfabrication and piezoelectric sensors.
Graduate Students

Avisha Kumar

ECE PhD Program akumar80[at]jhu[dot]edu

Avisha completed her B.S. and M.Eng. at Cornell University in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She then pursued computational neuroscience research at Yale School of Medicine where she studied epilepsy its effects on perception. Her current research focuses on medical palpation using ultrasound.
Graduate Students

Max Kerensky

BME PhD Program mkerens1[at]jhu[dot]edu

Max is working to create targeted medical solutions for and at the spinal cord; he hopes to improve patient outcomes by developing new ultrasound technologies.
Graduate Students

Ze Ou

BME BS/MS Program zou1[at]jhu[dot]edu

Ze focuses on developing evoked potential experiment protocol and analysis algorithms for neuroprognostication after cardiac arrest and spinal cord injury.

Postdoctoral and Research Fellows

Postdoctoral and Research Fellows 2

Janaka Senarathna

Postdoc Fellow in Radiology dmmj.senarathna[at]

Janaka specializes in designing miniature optical imaging instruments for biomedical applications. He is currently a Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute Postdoc Scholar, and studies brain injury using the the instruments he developed.
Postdoctoral and Research Fellows 2

Mohsen Rakhshan

Postdoc Fellow in BME mrakhsh1[at]jhmi[dot]edu

Mohsen is interested in the intersection of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neural Prosthetics. His primary interest is to study how the integration of sensory and value information could be used to develop advanced bidirectional brain-machine interfaces.

Undergraduate Students


(in alphabetical order)


2020 - Present
  • Connor Glass
  • Before 2020
    • Anil Maybhate
    • Bo Hong
    • Cameron Mcintyre
    • Daliyang Ye
    • David Sherman
    • Hiren Modi
    • Hyunchool Shin
    • Jitendran Muthuswamy
    • Joseph Paul
    • Matthew Koenig
    • Nada Boustany
    • Phillippe Passeraub
    • Qihong Wang
    • Ramsey Kraya
    • Shanbao Tong
    • Xiaofeng Jia
    • Youngseok Choi
2016 - 2020
  • Joseph Betthauser
  • Luke Osborn
  • Guy Hotson
  • Geoffrey Newman
  • Ryan Smith
  • Elliot Greenwald
2011 - 2015
  • Rezina Siddique
  • Xiaoxu Kang
  • Heather Benz
  • Suneil Hosmane
  • Nan Li
  • Mohsen Mollazadeh
  • Vikram Aggarwal
  • Abhishek Rege
2001 - 2010
  • Kartikeya Murari
  • Soumyadipta Acharya
  • Nirveek Bhattacharjee
  • Francesco Tenore
  • Jacob Volgestein
  • Yien-Che Tsai
2021 - Present
  • Jacky Tian
  • Yucheng Shen
  • Ziwei Li
  • Yinuo Zeng
  • Yunru Chen
  • Yinghe Sun
2011 - 2020
  • Avinash Sharma
  • Darshini Balamurugan
  • Harrison Nguyen
  • Teja Kerri
  • Sapna Kumar
  • Damini Aggarwal
  • Ernest So
  • Gyorgy Levay
  • Juhi Baskar
  • Robert Beaulieu
  • Hang Yu
  • Matt Masters
  • Dan Wu
  • Matt Trachtenberg
2001 - 2010
  • Brian Letzen
  • Jai Madhok
  • Alessandro Presacco
  • Gracee Agrawal
  • Girish Singhal
  • Anirudda Chatterjee
  • Yoonju Cho
  • Ander Ramos
  • Manisha Aggarwal
  • Anshu Sarje
  • Christian Sauer
  • Vikram Shirgur
  • Jaehyung Yoon
  • Jason Brooke
  • William Lau
  • Mihir Naware
  • Nelson Yang
  • Chirag Patel
  • Ming-Chieh Ding
  • Oleg Gerovichav
  • Grant Mulliken
  • Abhishek Bandyopadhyay
  • Paul George
  • Jose Hagan
  • Lee Johnson
  • Ruchika Singhal
  • Anshul Thakral
  • Damian Tomlin
  • Jeffrey Wallace
2021 - Present
  • Ruixiang Li
  • Christopher Shallal
2011 - 2020
  • Ying Ma
  • Charles Hu
2001 - 2010
  • Mitali Parmar
  • Shrivats Iyer
  • David Huberdeau
  • Helen Schwerdt
  • Suraag Patel
  • Alan Siefert
  • Yoshiaki Sono
  • Anthony Au
  • Jennifer Ferrigan
  • Chris Lee
  • Rob Rasmussen
  • Yujie Wang
  • Rajiv Mallipudi
  • Kelvin Liang
  • Kabilar Gunalan
  • Brandon O'Rourke