Past MnDRIVE neuromodulation fellows 2013-2020

Graduate Fellows

Elizabeth Annoni
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Alena Talkachova, Ph.D.
Project: Evaluating the efficacy of vagus nerve stimulation to treat hypertension and hypertension induced heart disease

Ninitha Asirvatham-Jeyaraj, Ph.D.
Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology (IBP)
Mentor: Manda L. Keller-Ross, Ph.D., DPT, P.T.
Project: Spinal cord stimulation as a therapy to lower sympathetic activity in adults with hypertension

Satya Venkata Sandeep Avvaru, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Alik Widge, Ph.D.
 Studying human cognitive control through deep learning-based causal network analysis.
Dr. Avvaru's project aims to develop a neural decoder to detect task engagement in humans during a conflict-based behavioral task. This will lead to more effective treatment for various mental disorders where cognitive control deficits play a major role.

Bryan Baxter, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Bin He, Ph.D.
Project: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and EEG to probe the relationship between noninvasive neuromodulation, brain states, and learning

Edward Bello II
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Matt Johnson, Ph.D.
Project: Identification of cellular-level cortical biomarkers of thalamic deep brain stimulation for the treatment of tremor
Edward Bello II plans to finish the experimental recordings and analysis for his project and plans to intern with a medical device company in order to gain industry experience and to better inform his choice for a future career path, whether it be industry or academia.

Corey Cruttenden
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Wei Chen, Ph.D.
Project: Development of a novel neural electrode for brain stimulation and recording in MRI - reduction of electrode heating and elimination of image artifacts
Corey Cruttenden's innovative neural electrode will advance the study and application of electrical stimulation for the treatment of brain conditions using functional MRI.

Adele DeNicola
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Matthew Chafee, Ph.D.
Project: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) to improve cognition in schizophrenia: effects of DBS in mediodorsal nucleus of thalamus (MDT) on cognitive task performance in a non-human primate model of neural and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia

Cayla Duffy
Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Minneapolis VAHCS
Mentor: Tammy A. Butterick, Ph.D.
Project: Optogenetic stimulation of orexin neurons and the role of microglia in cognitive function
Cayla Duffy plans to work in collaboration with industry and academia to bridge the gap in understanding the role of microglial-neuronal interactions for neurodegenerative therapies. She will defend her thesis in the fall of 2017.

Kate Frost
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mentor: James Carey, Ph.D.
Project: Effect of different inter-pulse intervals of paired associative stimulation on cortical excitability in people with chronic stroke

Jessica Froula
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Esther Krook-Magnuson, Ph.D.
Project: Anatomical and functional characterizations of novel Purkinje cell projection to the thalamus
Jessica Froula’s research project aims to explore a novel connection between the cerebellum and the thalamus. These brain regions may help to develop effective strategies for disease intervention via neuromodulation.

Hongsun Guo
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Hubert Lim, Ph.D.
Project: Ultrasound neuromodulation of vagus nerve to treat brain disorders

Alyona Haritonova, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mentor: Emad Ebbini, Ph.D.
Project: Noninvasive Brain tissue property measurements with sub-therapeutic high intensity focused Ultrasound
Dr. Haritonova is currently a Senior Scientist with Medtronic.

Abby Holt, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Tay Netoff, Ph.D.
Project: Design of stimulus waveforms for DBS that maximally disrupt pathological oscillations seen in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Holt is currently in a postdoctoral program at the University of Oxford.

Jesse Kowalski
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
 Bernadette Gillick, MSPT, P.T., Ph.D.
Sensorimotor cortical excitability after perinatal stroke: A TMS and EEG comparison with typically developing infants and toddlers
Jesse Kowalski's project aims to compare brain function and structure between infants with stroke and infants with typical development using non-invasive brain stimulation assessments to identify early predictors of cerebral palsy (CP). Earlier identification of CP will facilitate earlier diagnosis and rehabilitation and lead to improved lifelong outcomes.

Aaron M. Lambert, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Mark Masino, Ph.D.
Project: Optogenetic interventions for determining synaptic mechanisms in the dopaminergic diencephalospinal tract (DDT) that mediate the development of locomotor activity and goal directed behavior
Dr. Lambert is currently in a postdoctoral program at Harvard University.

Kathleen Mantell
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Alexander Opitz, Ph.D.
Project: Optimizing noninvasive brain stimulation protocols for pediatric stroke rehabilitation
Kathleen Mantell's project will increase the application precision of noninvasive neuromodulation using transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation which will lead to improved therapy protocols for pediatric stroke recovery.

Haleigh Mulholland
Department of Neuroscience
 Gordon Smith, Ph.D.
Optogenetic interrogation of large-scale cortical networks during development
Haleigh Mulholland's project aims to provide novel insights into the circuit mechanisms underlying large-scale network formation and enhance our understanding of how systems for sensory perception emerge. 

David Nedrud
Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
Mentor: Daniel Schmidt, Ph.D.
Project: Engineering optogenetic reagents for precise modulation of endogenous ion channels

Morgan Newhoff
Department of Entomology
Mentor: Karen Mesce, Ph.D.
Project: An investigation into the cellular mechanisms underlying ultrasonic neuromodulation

Trevor Perry
Departments of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences and Neuroscience
Mentors: Peggy Nelson, Ph.D. and Geoff Ghose, Ph.D.
Project: Developing Next-generation Auditory Prostheses using Cortical Stimulation
Dr. Perry will take his preliminary exams and begin work on his dissertation research in the summer of 2017.

Marc Pisansky, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Mentor: Jonathan Gewirtz, Ph.D.
Project: Optogenetically modulated oxytocin signaling in a mouse model of socio-emotional cognition
Dr. Pisansky is currently completing a MnDRIVE fellowship in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.

Tonya Rich
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mentor: Bernadette Gillick, Ph.D., MSPT, P.T.
Project: Non-invasive brain stimulation in children with stroke: promoting cortical excitability, motor functioning and community involvement

Euijae Shim
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mentor: Mo Li, Ph.D.
Project: Development of a minimally invasive opto-electrical probe for in vivo closed loop neuromodulation of decision-making networks in the brain

Bethany Stieve
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Esther Krook-Magnuson, Ph.D.
Project: Seizure-intervention via ipsilateral and contralateral on-demand optogenetic neuromodulation
Bethany Stieve's research will determine whether a recently identified hippocampal cell population is capable of arresting seizures on-demand, activated ipsilateral or contralateral to the seizure focus; which will contribute to the development of highly-sought novel therapeutic approaches for uncontrolled epilepsy.

Brian Sweis, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Mark Thomas, Ph.D.
Project: Optogenetic modulation of decision-making circuitry in mouse models of addiction
Brian Sweis has defended his PhD dissertation and will complete his final 2 years of medical school in the dual MD/PhD program. He plans to complete a medical subspecialty residency in either neurology or psychiatry with the ultimate goal of a career in neuromodulation interventions and translational research in academic medicine.

Benjamin A. Teplitzky, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Project: Immunohistochemical evaluation of synaptic plasticity following deep brain stimulation (DBS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
Dr. Teplitzky is currently a data scientist with Preventice Solutions.

Michelle Thai
Department of Psychiatry
Mentor: Kathryn Cullen, M.D.
Cognitive and neural correlates of symptom reduction in adolescent depression following repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation 
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation Combined with Mindfulness Training as a Multilevel Treatment for Adolescent Depression Michelle Thai aims to contribute to the development of new treatments that are safe and effective for adolescents with depression.

Brian Trieu
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D.
Project: Pharmacological enhancement of optogenetic deep brain stimulation to correct autism-related brain dysfunction
Brian Trieu's preclinical research aims to understand how impaired brain systems could be reversed in autism in order to develop new therapies to restore behavioral and cognitive processes.

Roman Tyshynsky
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: John Osborn, Ph.D.
Project: Investigating the function of renal glomerular sensory nerve fibers in sympathetic control of glomerular filtration
Neuromodulation of renal nerves may be a promising therapy for hypertension. A better understanding of the interactions between renal efferent and afferent nerves is needed to develop this therapy.

Maya Zhe Wang
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Ben Hayden, Ph.D.
Project: Circuit-Specific Neural Mechanism for Goal Maintenance and Self-Control in Non-Human Primates
Maya Zhe Wang's research will provide a foundation for translational studies targeting OFS-RSC circuit pathways involving neural computation access to goal information; which will provide improvements in human self-control treatments and will target diseases like addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 

Scott Warren, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentors: Geoffrey Ghose, Ph.D. and Stephen Engel, Ph.D.
Project: Subtle manipulation of a cortical microcircuit by targeting stimulation to distinct layers of neocortex

Ryan Webler
Department of Clinical Psychology
Mentor: Ziad Nahas, M.D.
Project: Noninvasive Neuromodulation to Probe Causal Mechanisms of Fear Generalization
Ryan Webler explores eliciting fear states while simultaneously stimulating brain regions thought to underlie these states represents an innovative, causal affective neuroscientific approach that addresses a critical gap in conscious fear research in humans.

Zoé Christenson Wick, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Esther Krook-Magnuson, Ph.D.
Project: Identification of a novel target for seizure suppression using on-demand optogenetic neuromodulation in chronic temporal lobe epilepsy

Tong Wu
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Zhi Yang, Ph.D.
Project: Development of an MRI-compatible neurotechnology for simultaneous neural recording and electrical microstimulation to study the signal propagation and distribution of neural populations
After completing his written and oral preliminary examinations in the summer of 2017, Dr. Wu will continue to work on an MRI-compatible device design and signal processing development.

YiZi Joe Xiao, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Project: Design and validation of optimization algorithms to program high-density deep brain stimulation (DBS) electrode arrays
Dr. Xiao is currently a senior scientist with Medtronic.

Kai Yu
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Bin He, Ph.D.
Project: Directional ultrasound-induced Lorentz current stimulation to explore a non-invasive, high spatial resolution neuromodulation approach

Laura Zitella, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Project: Investigating new deep brain stimulation (DBS) targets for gait and balance problems in Parkinson’s disease: using high field (7T) MRI imagining techniques, computational modeling, and electrophysiology to develop and validate subject-specific models of DBS in the pedunculopontine nucleus in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Zitella is currently a senior research scientist with Minnetronix, Incorporated.

Postdoctoral fellows

Filippo Agnesi, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Matthew Johnson, Ph.D.
Project: Evaluating plastic changes in neuronal activity with transcranial direct current stimulation (DCS): correlating firing Rate, pattern, information transmission and coherence with improvements in behavioral performance
Dr. Agnesi is currently a scientist with St. Jude Medical.

Ivan Alekseichuk, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Alexander Opitz, Ph.D.
Project: Studying the effects of inter-regional connectivity manipulation using model-driven, dual-site transcranial alternating current stimulation in humans
Dr. Alekseichuk's research will investigate the stimultaneous entrainment of brain rhythms in two distinct regions using transcranial electric stimulation, witht the goal of developing new therapies for schizophrenia and ADHD.

Joshua Aman, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentor: Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Improving patient outcomes through development of patient specific deep brain stimulation programming strategies based on the neurophysiological profile of dystonia and projected volume of tissue activated in patients with primary generalized dystonia and cervical dystonia
Dr. Aman plans to use data from his project to apply for an NIH grant to further analyze pathophysiological characteristics of dystonia and develop patient-specific deep brain stimulation programming strategies based on neurophysiological characteristics, reconstructed lead location within the targeted structure and volume of tissue activation.

Sommer Amundsen Huffmaster, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentors: Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D., Noam Harel, Ph.D., and Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Examining the effects of cues and transcranial direct current (tCS) on gait and gait initiation in people with Parkinson’s disease who have freezing of gait
Dr. Huffmaster is currently a research associate in the Department of Neurology with the University of Minnesota

Gowtham Atluri, Ph.D.
Departments of Psychiatry and Computer and Electrical Engineering
Mentors: Kelvin Lim, M.D. and Vipin Kumar, Ph.D.
Project: Data mining methods to study the impact of transcranial current stimulation (Tcs) as a treatment for refractory auditory hallucinations, a common problem in schizophrenia
Dr. Atluri is currently an assistant professor in the Department Electrical Engineering and Computer Systems with the University of Cincinnati.

Andrew Chapp, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
 Paul Mermelstein, Ph.D.
Optogenetic Neuromodulation of Addiction Relapse in Females
Dr. Chapp's project aims to contribute to new and innovative approaches in reducing drug relapse potential, particularly in the more susceptible female population by establishing how estrogen alters glutamatergic synaptic activity within MSNs of the NAc shell to facilitate cocaine relapse.

Chao-Ying Chen, Ph.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Mentor: Bernadette Gillick, Ph.D.
Project: Perinatal stroke: understanding brain reorganization through infant neuroimaging and measures of neuro-excitability
Dr. Chen is currently interviewing for faculty positions in Asian countries and is planning to continue her current research theme to develop novel and untapped neuromodulatory and/or behavioral interventions in infants and children with motor development. Further, she is planning to keep expanding her professional research area to support infants’ autonomic system stability, which is the key factor to support an infant’s growth. She would also like to continue the collaborative relationships with her mentor and potentially with other researchers to advance the progress of this research area.

Jae Woo Chung, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentor: Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D.
Project: A Non-Invasive Assessment of Cortical-Brainstem Motor Pathway Function in Parkinson's Disease
Dr. Chung's project will provide new insight into the pathophysiology of cortico-brainstem pathways in Parkinson's disease and their relationship involving expression and severity of postural instability and gait dysfunction by using a new non-invasive brain stimulation protocol involving Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). The new TMS protocol may provide a method to assess the integrity of these brainstem pathways early in disease and to objectively evaluate the efficacy to interventions designed to slow or prevent the development of postural instability and gait disturbance.

Yingchen He, Ph.D.
Department of Ophthalmology
Mentor: Sandra Rocio Montezuma, M.D.
Project: Mapping the electically-elicited visual responses in blind patients implanted with the Angus II retinal prosthesis
Dr. He's innovative research will provide a practical way to evaluate how the spatial information provided by retinal prostheses is used by blind patients, which in turn can improve the device performance.

Matthew C. Hearing, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Mark Thomas, Ph.D.
Project: Disrupting cue-evoked addiction relapse with optogenetic modulation of the cortico-accumbens circuit
Dr. Hearing is currently an Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences with Marquette University.

Luke Johnson, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentor: Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Understanding pathophysiology of Parkinson’s disease and the therapeutic effects of deep brain stimulation (DBS) – innovations in neuronal recording, analysis, and closed-loop control
Dr. Johnson is currently a research associate in the Department of Neurology with the University of Minnesota.

Lauri Lehto, Ph.D.
Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
Mentors: Shalom Michaeli, Ph.D., Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D., Matthew Johnson, Ph.D., and Curtis Corum, Ph.D.
Project: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) with alternating and rotating fields

Emilia Lefevre, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
 Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D.
Nucleus accumbens interneurons regulate opioid withdrawal
Dr. Lefevre's work aims to understand and prevent or reverse, the learned negative and aversive states that are associated with withdrawal from prescription opioids by using neuromodulation techniques to restore normal neural activity and behavior.

Biswaranjan Mohanty, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentors: David Escobar, Ph.D.
Circuit based closed-loop deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease
Dr. Mohanty's research will provide an improved understanding of the relationship between changes in functional and directed connectivity of oscillatory activity in the cortico-subthalamic network and their causal relationship with rigidity and bradykinesia in parkinsonism.

Jacob Montgomery, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Mark Masino, Ph.D.
Project: Assessment of the effects of optogenetic modulation of catecholamine release on locomotor networks
Dr. Montgomery is currently a research associate in the Department of Neuroscience with the University of Minnesota.

Jerel Mueller, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Mentor: Wynn Legon, Ph.D.
Project: Manipulation of electromyographic activity by transcranial-focused ultrasound stimulation of human motor cortex
Dr. Mueller is currently a senior scientist with Medtronic.

Sam Nemanich, Ph.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Mentor: Bernadette Gillick, Ph.D.
Project: Effects of transcranial direct current stimulation and bimanual training on motor learning and motor cortex connectivity in children with cerebral palsy

Angela Nietz, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Timothy Ebner, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Imaging the Effects of Cerebellar Neuromodulation on Cerebral Cortical Neuronal Dynamics Using Transparent Polymer Skulls
Dr. Nietz's research will lead to improved understanding of how modulating cerebellar output modifies abnormal behavior and cerebral cortical activity at both network and neuronal levels as well as potentially identify novel cerebellar targets for therapeutic intervention in movement disorders.

Matthew Petrucci, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentor: Colum MacKinnon, Ph.D.
Project: Developing methods to determine the mechanical and neurophysiological mechanisms of rigidity in Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Petrucci’s career aspirations are to obtain a tenure-track faculty position focused on translational research in the field of movement disorders, with the goal of developing novel neuromodulation strategies to reduce motor impairments.

Marc Pisansky, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Patrick Rothwell, Ph.D.
Project: The neural substrates of impulsivity in opioid addiction; optogenetic imaging and modulation of interneurons in the mouse nucleus accumbens

Cecillia Prudente, Ph.D.
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Mentor: Teresa J. Kimberley, Ph.D.
Project: Effects of low-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in laryngeal dystonia
Dr. Prudente plans to finish data collection, present and publish the results of her fellowship at relevant meetings in the field of neuromodulation and dystonia. She is currently looking for career opportunities in medical device companies for the Fall of 2017. She is interested in a position involving development and implementation of innovative neuromodulation and rehabilitation strategies for movement disorders.

David Escobar Sanabria, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentor: Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Optimizing deep brain stimulation in real-time for Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Sanabria will continue his research at the University of Minnesota applying the insight into PD pathophysiology gained and technologies developed during his MnDRIVE fellowship to the clinical studies conducted at the Udall Center. He will also be a Co-PI for an MN-REACH project focused on studying how to alleviate sleep disturbances in PD using DBS.

Martha Streng, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Esther Krook-Magnuson, Ph.D.
Project: Modulation of cerebellar output channels in temporal lobe epilepsy

Jing Wang, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentor: Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Plasticity mediated improvement of motor symptoms with “coordinated reset” and other novel deep brain stimulation (DBS) paradigms for Parkinson’s: relationship of stimulation voltage and treatment duration to the magnitude and duration of enduring therapeutic benefit
Dr. Wang is currently a research associate in the Department of Neurology with the University of Minnesota.

Lingling Yang, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
The effects of parkinsonism and pallidal deep brain stimulation on cortical dynamic functional connectivity
Dr. Yang's translational research project will lead to an improved understanding of cortical network dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease (PD) and lead to more effective neuromodulation-based therapies for PD patients that focus on modulation of cortical activity through new stimulation approaches in the GPi.

Wilson Yu, Ph.D.
Department of Neuroscience
Mentor: Esther Krook-Magnuson, Ph.D.
Project: Examining the Mechanisms Involved in the Efficacy of On-demand Cerebellar Optogenetic Neuromodulation in a Mouse Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Dr. Yu is currently an industry consultant working with clients that include the neuromodulation industries.

Ying Yu, Ph.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentors: Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D. and Greg Molnar, Ph.D.
Project: Selective modulation of neuronal activity in the thalamus by “field steering” DBS of the internal globus pallidus for treatment of Parkinson’s disease in a MPTP non-human primate model

Resident/Clinical fellows

Samuel Cramer, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Neurosurgery
Suhasa Kodandaramaiah, Ph.D.
The effect of deep brain stimulation of central thalamic nuclei on neuronal activity and morphology following cerebral cortical traumatic brain injury using multi-modal optical imaging in behaving mice 
Dr. Cramer's project is to develop a greater understanding for brain dysfunction for damage that occurs after traumatic injury using deep brain stimulation. These findings will help develop effective treatments by providing a mechanistic understanding of post-brain injury damage.

David Darrow, M.D., MPH
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Tay Netoff, Ph.D.
Project: Investigating the effect of transcranial focused ultrasound on neurophysicology
Dr. Darrow will return to his Neurosurgery residency program in fall 2017.

David Freeman, M.D.
Department of Neurosurgery
Mentor: Ann Parr, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: The optimization of epidural neuromodulation for spinal cord injury patients
Dr. Freeman's project is to establish and investigate epidural spinal cord stimulation in paraplegic patients to facilitate volitional movement.

Adel El-Nashar, M.D.
Department of Neurosurgery
Mentor: Andrew Grande, Ph.D.
Project: DBS targeting – validation of high field MRI DTI studies of thalamic and hypothalamic structures and circuits through microscopic sections and neuroanatomic dissections in cadaveric brains, with subsequent evaluation of neuroanatomical variability across individuals

Alexander Herman, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Mentor: Kelvin Lim, M.D.
Project: Neurodynamics of knowledge-based decision making
Dr. Herman's project is aimed at developing new biomarkers for depression and other conditions characterized by dysfunction in decision making. This research will lead to new therapeutic targets for brain stimulation.

Brent G. Nelson, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Mentor: Kelvin Lim, Ph.D.
Project: Evaluation of the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) on brain connectivity patterns using a multi-modal network-based statistic methodology in patients with schizophrenia
Dr. Nelson is currently an adult interventional psychiatrist and co-director of the Center for Neurotherapeutics, with PrairieCare.

Eleanor Orehek, M.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentors: Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D. and Noam Harel, Ph.D.
Project: White matter tracts in deep brain stimulation (DBS): using 7T MRI DTI data to define potential targets for DBS
Dr. Orehek is currently a movement disorder neurologist with the Noran Clinic.

Khadijah F. Shamseddine, M.D.
Department of Neurology
Mentors: Anthony Santiago, M.D. and Jerrold Vitek, M.D., Ph.D.
Project: Comparison of targeting accuracy with high field (7T) vs. standard (1.5T) pre-operative imaging, and assessment of intraoperative neurophysiological predictors of post-operative deep brain stimulation (DBS) side-effect thresholds
Dr. Shamseddine is currently a neurology specialist with the Ross School of Medicine.

Junao (Jimmy) Wang, M.D. 
Department of Psychiatry
Mentor: Kelvin Lim, M.D.
Project: Combing transcranical magnetic stimulation with computerized cognitive training to improve outcomes in treatment-resistant depression
Dr. Wang's research will evaluate whether a combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation with computerized cognitive training will lead to better response and remission rates for treatment-resistant depression.

Neuromodulation in medicine fellows

Saydra Wilson, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
 Ziad Nahas, M.D., MSCR
Optogenetic Neuromodulation of Addiction Relapse in Females
Dr. Wilson's research focuses on issues of access to interventional psychiatric care, improving clinical TMS outcomes by increasing knowledge of TMS's mechanism of action and designing alternative treatment protocols.

Discoveries through industry partnerships fellows

Arash Mahnan, Ph.D.
Biomechanics and Neuromotor Control, Human Sensosorimotor Control Lab, School of Kinesiology
Mentor: Juergen Konczak, Ph.D.
Project: Wearable non-invasive neuromodulation technology for the symptomatic treatment of the voice disorder spasmodic dysphonia
Dr. Mahnan seeks to build the first therapeutic medical device in the market targeted for treating the voice symptoms in spasmodic dysphonia.

Daniel Chantigian
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Mentor: Manda Keller-Ross
Project: Effect of spinal cord stimulation on lowering blood pressure during exercise in adults with hypertension

Adam Choe
Medical Devices Center
Mentor: Joseph Hale, Ph.D.
Project: Noninvasive neuromodulation anxiety reduction (NNAR) system aims to increase quality patient outcomes while decreasing sedation and anesthesia in children (patients of rapid brain development)

Akshay Gupte, M.D.
Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Devices Center
Mentor: Art Erdman, Ph.D. 
Project: C-fiber neuro-modulation therapy for painful neuropathy 

Claire Kaiser
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Hubert Lim, Ph.D.
Project: Autonomic neuromodulation of the brain-spleen anti-inflammatory reflex: development of wearable ultrasound stimulation and imaging device to treat rheumatoid arthritis
Claire Kaiser's project aims to develop a wearable, noninvasive device for targeted ultrasound of neural pathways within the spleen combined with noninvasive electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve to treat rheumatoid arthritis.

Ian Ramsay, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry
Mentor: Joseph Hale, Ph.D.
Project: Can tDCS accelerate and sustain the cognitive benefits of auditory training in schizophrenia?

Zixi Zhao, Ph.D.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Theoden Netoff, Ph.D.
Project: Algorithm design and platform development for epidural spinal cord stimulation optimization
Dr. Zhao's project aims to expand the optimization algorithm capability to systematically recommend potential optimal stimulation electrode combinations and to develop an integrated digital platform with StimSherpa that will help to bring neuromodulation for SCI closer to population-level accessibility as well as commercializing the optimization platform.