Senior Researchers and Project Managers

Melissa Cohen
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Zohara Cohen
Zohara is a Research Manager in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. In that role she supports the submission of grant applications, manages contracts and reporting for funded research projects, and oversees the implementation of observational and clinical research studies. Prior to this role Zohara was an Informatics Research Manager for the Informatics Consulting Service, now BPIC. And before coming to the University of Minnesota, Zohara spent six years as a Program Officer at the National Institute of Biomedical Imagine and Bioengineering. She graduated with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, with a research focus in Orthopaedic Biomechanics from Columbia University.
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Morgan Newhoff Collins
Morgan graduated with a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota prior to joining the lab. She is currently researching the cellular mechanisms underlying ultrasound immunomodulation and assisting with coordinating a DARPA-funded clinical trial for ultrasound stimulation of the spleen in COVID-19 patients in collaboration with GE.
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Karl-Heinz Dyballa
Graduated in 2008 with a Diploma in Medical Informatics from the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is currently working at Hannover Medical School in Germany as a part of the NIH funded project for evaluating the safety and efficacy of a new auditory midbrain implant in an ongoing clinical trial. His research will investigate the perception of different types of electrical stimulation patterns in auditory midbrain implant users in order to develop new speech coding strategies.
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Erin Feddema
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Ali Stockness
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Daniel Zachs
Graduated with a MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Connecticut. He is a researcher investigating stimulation techniques of the peripheral nervous system and end-organs in various animal models which will subsequently be applied to humans. Daniel's research is focused on noninvasive modulation of the interface between the immune system and the nervous system. He is currently working on projects in collaboration with Medtronic, DARPA, Dr. Bryce Binstadt's lab and Dr. Erik Peterson’s lab in the University of Minnesota's Medical School and Center for Immunology.
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