Trainees

Current Trainees

2023–2025 Cohort

Chandni Rana

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida
PhD Candidate, Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Mentor: Joanna Mattis, MD PhD

Research Interest: Subcortical Circuits in epilepsy, neuromodulation, electrophysiology, calcium imaging

Email: [email protected]

Luis Ruiz

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
PhD Candidate, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Mentor: Scott Lempka, PhD

Research Interest: Neuromodulation as a treatment for pain, focusing on computational modeling of dorsal root ganglion stimulation (drgs) to clarify mechanisms and improve efficacy

Email: [email protected]

2022–2024 Cohort

Pho Hale

B.S. Computer Engineering, University of Kansas  
PhD Candidate, Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Mentor: Dr. Kamran Diba

Research Interest: I’m interested in understanding how neuronal spike patterns in the hippocampus allow the brain to encode, represent, and manipulate processes known to be essential to forming and maintaining memories.

Email: [email protected]

Julianna Richie

B.S. Physics, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Mentor: Cindy Chestek, PhD

Research Interest:  Nerve biophysics modeling, carbon fiber electrode optimization, neural array and medical device development

Email: [email protected]

Past Trainees

2021–2023 Cohort

Elizabeth Bottorff

B.S. Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Mentor:  Dr. Timothy Bruns.

Research Interest: Neuromodulation as a potential treatment for female sexual dysfunction (FSD), focusing on targeted neuromodulation of the peripheral nervous system.

Email: [email protected]

Kathleen Kish

B.S. Engineering (Biomechanical concentration, Hope College
M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Mentor: James Weiland, PhD 

Research Interest: Neuromodulation for sensory restoration, focusing on creating biological computational models of retinal stimulation to optimize retinal stimulation strategies.

Email: [email protected]