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(updated September 2013)

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Maysam Chamanzar
postdoc (co-advised with Tim Blanche)
chamanzar@berkeley.edu
CV
Maysam is co-advised by Tim Blanche as part of an NSF-funded effort to develop implantable electrical/optical neural interfaces. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012. His Ph.D. thesis was on developing novel hybrid plasmonic-photonic on-chip biochemical sensors. Maysam received his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering majoring in Microsystems from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2008. He has also received a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering majoring in microwaves and optics from Sharif University in 2005. He received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 2003 from Tehran Polytechnique (AmirKabirUniversity). Maysam has received and have been nominated for a number of awards such as the SPIE research excellence award, GTRIC innovation award, OSA Emil Wolf best paper award, and Edison innovation award.  Maysam’s current research interests include the design and implementation of optoelectrical integrated neural interfaces to explore and control the brain activity.

ChateauCohenDaniel Cohen
PhD candidate
daniel.cohen@berkeley.edu
CV Link
LinkedIn
“The fox knows many things, and the hedgehog knows one, big thing.” I like foxes. I have a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton (’08), with minors in Materials Science and Engineering Biology, and a focus on medieval studies. My PhD has spanned bacterial genetics to lizard biomechanics to nanotube strain gauges to cellular collective behavior in tissues. My final work has been developing bioelectric tools to control cell and tissue behavior. All around, it’s been fun.

happy2Tim Hanson
Research Scientist (with Philip Sabes lab, UCSF)
meep@meep.meep
CV
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jvkJoshua van Kleef
postdoc
vankleef@berkeley.edu
CV
Josh is an insect neurophysiologist with a particular interest in the role of visual feedback in flight stabilization. He completed his PhD with Michael Ibbotson at the Australian National University (ANU). His thesis, ‘An analysis of neuronal receptive fields at three stages of visual processing’ (2009), was an investigation of how visual neurons in insects and the mammals alter the way they spatially and temporally integrate visual information depending on the colour, contrast and density of the stimulus.Postdoctoral work with Eric Warrant in Lund (Sweden) was aimed at understanding how neural adaptations in the Sweat bee (Megalopta genalis) allow it to navigate and stabilize in the dim light conditions found under the dark rainforest canopy at night. More recent Postdoctoral work with Jochen Zeil (ANU) focused on the dynamics of the head and thorax in hovering dragonflies using multiple synchronized high-speed cameras and 3-dimensional pose tracking.

vedaVedavalli Krishnan
PhD candidate
vedavalli@berkeley.edu
CV
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pledochPeter Ledochowitsch
PhD candidate (co-advised with Jose Carmena)
ledochowitsch@berkeley.edu
CV

Peter works at the interface of neuroscience, materials science, and electrical engineering. He received a Diplom (M.S.) in Physics from the Georg-August-University (G-A-U) in Göettingen, Germany. In his Diplomarbeit (Masters Thesis) on the optimization of organic light-emitting field-effect transistors, Peter was co-advised by Prof. Alan J. Heeger at UCSB and Prof. Angela Rizzi at G-A-U. Peter has pioneered the development of mammalian neural interfaces in the Maharbiz lab. His PhD research pushes the technological envelope on Micro-ElectroCorticoGraphy (µECoG), the recording of electrical potentials directly from the surface of the brain. Peter is also co-founder and CTO of a Berkeley start-up, Cortera Neurotechnologies, that focuses on wireless neural interfaces.

LiaoAmyAmy Liao
PhD candidate
amy.liao@berkeley.edu
CV
Amy Liao received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rice University in 2012. At Rice, she worked on developing and optimizing a multiplexed microfluidic immunoassay to diagnosis ovarian cancer. For her senior thesis, she designed a low-cost, portable endoscope for use in the developing world. Amy is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at UC Berkeley, with an emphasis in biomedical instrumentation. She’s jumping in to the NSF EFRI project.

LinMonicaMonica Lin
PhD candidate
monica.lin@berkeley.edu
CV
Monica Lin received her B.S. in Chemical Biology with a Bioengineering minor from UC Berkeley in 2012. Undergraduate research projects included 3D image segmentation of the termite hindgut with applications in biofuels, genome reannotation of sulfate-reducing bacteria for bioremediation (synthetic biology), and development of a microfluidic device for disease diagnostics. She is currently in the UCSF/UC Berkeley Bioengineering PhD program with a research focus in medical devices, and is very interested in overcoming translational challenges by
bridging the gap between engineers and clinicians to address unmet clinical needs.

Lorek2Michael Lorek
PhD candidate (co-advised with Elad Alon and Kris Pister)
mlorek@EECS.Berkeley.EDU
CV
Michael Lorek received the B.S. degree from Ohio University in Electrical Engineering in 2009.  He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in EECS at UC Berkeley under Prof. Kris Pister.  Mike’s research interests include energy harvesting interface circuits, energy efficient electronics, and sensor node component integration.  Mike has also completed internships at Advanced Micro Devices in 2007 & 2008, National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2009, and Qualcomm, Inc. in 2011 & 2012.

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Travis Massey
PhD candidate
tlmassey@EECS.Berkeley.edu
CV
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brian_picBrian Pepin
PhD candidate
pepinb@eecs.berkeley.edu
CV
Brian Pepin is a researcher and entrepreneur currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering with a focus in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and neural engineering.  Current research interests include hybrid optogenetic-electrophysiology studies using custom-manufactured transparent microelectrode arrays and next-generation brain-machine interfaces.  Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 2009, and earned his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. Brian is also the founder of two startup companies, having taken both CEO and CTO (Chief Technology Office) roles, and has multiple patents.  Most recently Brian has worked as CTO at Revel Body developing novel vibration technology for the personal health and wellness industry.

djseoDJ Seo
PhD candidate (co-advised with Elad Alon)
djseo@eecs.berkeley.edu
CV
Dongjin (DJ) Seo is the recipient of a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on low-power integrated circuit design and brain machine interfaces. He received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering with honors from the California Institute of Technology in 2011. At Caltech, DJ designed and fabricated microfluidic calorimeters for high-throughput biochemical measurements at the Kavli Nanoscience Institute and for his undergraduate thesis, demonstrated the world’s first all-silicon THz imaging system in CMOS for security imaging and microscopy of biological specimens. DJ has also completed internships at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Altera Corporations.

konlin_maharbizgroupKonlin Shen
PhD candidate
konlin@berkeley.edu
CV
Konlin is pursuing a Ph.D. in EECS at University of California, Berkeley with an emphasis in neuroengineering.  He received his B.A. in Physics with a secondary in Computer Science from Harvard University in 2013.  His undergraduate research focused on how simple organisms such as C. elegans and fruit flies integrate sensory stimuli into motor behavior.

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Tom Zadjel
PhD candidate
zajdel@eecs.berkeley.edu
CV
Tom received his BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2012. During his undergraduate years, Tom modeled electromagnetic field scattering from rough surfaces and interned with the defense (SRC Inc) and diaper (Procter & Gamble) industries. His undergraduate thesis “Asynchronous Stimulation for Cochlear Implants” investigated the perception of phase information in cochlear implant users. He also served as an award-winning teaching assistant for Ohio State’s first-year engineering honors program. Tom is currently pursuing an MS/PhD in Electrical Engineering at Berkeley, with unofficial emphasis in biological systems and control.

JonathanTuJonathan Tu (co-advised with Murat Arcak)
postdoc
jhtu@eecs.berkeley.edu
CV / personal website
Jonathan comes to us from Princeton University, where he recently received a Ph. D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.  His Ph. D research centered on the theory and applications of a numerical method called dynamic mode decomposition, which is used in the fluid mechanics community to analyze high-dimensional datasets that describe nonlinear dynamics.  Prior to that, Jonathan studied at the University of Washington, where he earned a B. S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as a B. S. in Mathematics.  His various awards include the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Princeton Wu Prize for Excellence.

Alumni

Dr.Tushar Bansal
IME, Singapore

Christopher Berry
meep meep

Dr. Ruba Borno
Boston Consulting Group

Dr. Meng-Ping Chang
MEI Technologies, Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. Sisi Chen
Schafer Lab, UCB

Brennan Crispin
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Dr. Gabriel Lavella
Exponent Consultants

Dr. Daniel Huang
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Dr. Amol Jadhav
Scripps Institute, La Jolla

Prof. Taesung Kim
UNIST, Korea

Dr. Jaehyun Park
Gracias Lab, Johns Hopkins

Dr. Mikhail “Mike” Pinelis
President and CEO, MEMS Journal, Inc.

Whijae Roh
Genomic Medicine Institute, Korea

Prof. Hirotaka Sato
NTU, Singapore

Joseph Steinmeyer
Yanik Group, MIT

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