Graduate Students

Cory Gloeckner

cgloeckner Graduated in 2011 with a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati with a minor in Mathematics. The goal of my research is to identify non-invasive strategies for inducing auditory neural plasticity by synchronizing the activation of multimodal pathways in acute and chronic awake animal preps. My research also seeks to incorporate stress relaxation techniques and integrative healing into traditional neuromodulation approaches to shape and strengthen the plasticity effects. 
gloe0027@umn.edu

 

Yezihalem Mesfin

ymesfin Graduated in 2008 with a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota. Currently working full time at Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie, Minnesota as a Sr. New Platform Firmware Engineer. My research in this lab focuses on applying mSync neuromodulation techniques for treating tinnitus on human subjects. Future research will explore incorporation of magnetic or ultrasound stimulation and integrative healing techniques into the mSync paradigm.
mesri0001@umn.edu

 

Hongsun Guo

hguo Graduated with a BS and MS in Biomedical Engineering from Tianjin University in 2008 and from Zhejiang University in 2011, respectively. Worked in National Instruments, Shanghai R&D as a software Engineer from 2011 to 2014. My current research investigates neural connections and coding properties within the brain for sound processing and plasticity. My research will also seek to develop and optimize ultrasound stimulation of brain and peripheral nerve circuits for treating various neurological disorders.
guoxx691@umn.edu

 

Mark Hamilton II

mhamilton Graduated in 2012 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and in 2014 with a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University. My research will investigate the connections and function of the descending cortical network on ascending auditory processing and learning. My research will also seek to develop and optimize ultrasound stimulation of the descending cortical network to develop new strategies for treatment of tinnitus or hyperacusis.
hamil566@umn.edu

 

Pooja Mehta

pmehta Graduated in 2014 with a B.Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering from NIT Surathkal, India. My current research explores the capabilities of training the brain's capability to modulate one sensory system with another sensory system, and applying this associational plasticity to treat tinnitus. My research will also seek to develop and optimize ultrasound stimulation of peripheral nerve circuits and organs for treating various neurological disorders.
mehta162@umn.edu

 

Daniel Zachs

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Graduated with a M.S. degree from University of Connecticut. He is a researcher investigating the stimulation of the peripheral nervous system in various animal models. Using specialized electrical probes and ultrasound transducers, I hope to discover the effects of various stimuli on the physiology of the animal, and how these approaches can be used for treatment of pain/disease. I am currently working on projects in collaboration with Medtronic, DARPA, and Dr. Bryce Binstadt's lab in the University of Minnesota's Center for Immunology. zachs001@umn.edu

 

Miriam Smetak

msmetak Graduated in 2010 from the University of Southern California with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and a BA in Interdisciplinary Archaeology. I am currently a 2nd year medical student pursuing an MS in Biomedical Engineering. My research will investigate and develop new neuromodulation techniques for treating tinnitus and hyperacusis.
molle029@umn.edu

 

Jennifer Wittman

jwittman Graduated in 2010 with a BA in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences from the University of Minnesota. I am currently in my second-year of the doctor of audiology program. My research will investigate and develop new neuromodulation techniques for treating tinnitus and hyperacusis.
wittm025@umn.edu

 

Tianqi Li

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My research could be described as developing an OCT imaging method to explore the mechanical effects of ultrasound stimulation on peripheral nerves.                           lixx4598@umn.edu

 

Maryam Seyedeh

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Gerardo Rodriguez

gerardoProfilePic Graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. The goal of my research is to develop a novel hearing aid with non-invasive neuromodulation techniques and incorporating a close-loop approach.
rodr0283@umn.edu