2021-2023 Trainees

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: bottorff at

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: katfin at

2022-2024 Trainees

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: halechr at

Julianna Richie

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

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

Email: jmrichie at