Graduate Students

John Basile
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JB


Graduated with a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.  His research investigates novel ultrasound technologies and stimulation strategies for the treatment of hearing disorders. John's research initially focuses on safety studies in animal models in order to perform ultrasound stimulation studies directly in humans towards developing a new type of hearing aid technology.  

 


Tyler Gathman
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TG

Graduated with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2019. He is a dual-degree MD/MS Biomedical Engineering student as part of the Augustine Research Fellowship with the University of Minnesota Medical School. His research investigates novel ultrasound strategies for the diagnosis of increased intracranial pressure.

 

 


Abby Heiller
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AH

Graduated in 2016 with a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering. Her research is focused on modeling and developing auditory devices. She works on a project to determine the potential percepts of a novel Auditory Nerve Implant through computational modeling. Her work also focuses on using multimodal stimulation to induce neural plasticity in the auditory system.

 

 


Kevin Jiang
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KJ

Graduate in 2018 with a BSE in biomedical engineering from the University of Michigan. He designed curriculum as educational staff for the University of Michigan from 2018 to 2021. His research focuses on applying multimodal stimulation to generate neural plasticity and enhance hearing.

 

 


Claire Kaiser
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CK


Graduated in 2017 with a BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Rochester. Her research investigates image-guided neuromodulation to treat chronic inflammation. Claire is currently working on a project targeting the spleen using ultrasound and other modulation techniques with the goal of reducing the severity of rheumatoid arthritis inflammation. She is researching in collaboration with Daniel Zachs, Medtronic, DARPA, and Dr. Bryce Binstadt's lab in the University of Minnesota's Center for Immunology.

 


Dzifa Kwaku
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DK

Graduated in 2020 with a master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University. She completed her BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Dzifa’s research focuses on developing an ultrasound powered device to modulate organs for the treatment of chronic cardiometabolic or inflammatory diseases. This project is in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Johnson’s lab in University of Minnesota

 


Tianqi Li
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TL


Graduated in 2015 with a BS in Electronic Science and Technology from the University of Science and Technology of China. Her research aims to characterize cochlear membrane vibration patterns in response to ultrasound neurostimulation in a guinea pig model by using optical coherence tomography. The goal of the project is to guide the development of new stimulation strategies for ultrasound-based hearing technologies.

 


Yezihalem Mesfin
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YM


Graduated in 2008 with a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Minnesota. He is currently working full time at Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie, Minnesota as a Research Engineer. His research in this lab focuses on applying neural beamforming (mSync) neuromodulation techniques for treating tinnitus in human subjects. Future research will explore incorporation of magnetic or ultrasound stimulation and integrative healing techniques into the mSync paradigm.


Gerardo Rodriguez
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GR


Graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. His research is focused on characterizing the effects of ultrasonic stimulation on the auditory pathway in a guinea pig model towards developing a new type of hearing aid technology. Gerardo will also develop closed-loop methods based on Bayesian statistics, point process algorithms, and deep learning networks in order to identify optimal stimulation strategies for ultrasound-based hearing technologies.


Inderbir Sondh
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IS

Graduated in 2017 with a BS degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh. His research involves using multimodal stimulation strategies to induce changes in neural plasticity of brain regions in the auditory pathway (primary auditory cortex and inferior colliculus). His goal is to transition this work into a novel medical technology for selective hearing enhancement and integrate into existing assistive hearing devices. He is also interested in ultrasound neuromodulation of the immune system and ultrasound-based hearing.

 


Maryam Zebarjadi
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MZ

Maryam is a PhD student in the Electrical Engineering department, at the University of Minnesota. She graduated with a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tehran. Prior to joining the Lim Lab, Maryam worked in the area of Signal Processing and Machine Learning at the Information Theory and Coding Lab at the University of Tehran. Her research interests lie in the field of biomedical signal and image processing, data analysis, machine learning and deep learning.  She is currently researching spleen detection and segmentation in ultrasound images by applying deep learning algorithms.