money team

Todd P. Coleman, Principal Investigator
Ph.D. – Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2005
M.S. – Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2002
B.S. – Computer Engineering, Michigan, 2000
B.S. – Electrical Engineering, Michigan, 2000

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD. I hold B.S. degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE). My M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at MIT were conducted under the guidance of Muriel Médard. My postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Mass General Hospital and MIT was conducted under the guidance of Emery Brown. I was an Assistant Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, from 2006 until 2011.

Marcelo Aguilar-Rivera, Postdoc
Ph.D. – Physiology, PUC, 2012
MSc. – Physiology, PUC, 2008
MSc. – Neuroscience, UCH, 2006
B.S. – School teacher (Biology), UMCE, 2003

marceloI’m interested in understanding the biological basis of self-awareness and self-other distinction, and how such a substrate could explain prosocial and psychopathic behavioral features. As part of a collaborative team between Dr Chiba’s and Dr Coleman’s labs, I’m designing new ephys tools and behavioral paradigms to simultaneously record neural activity, physiological parameters and behavior on interacting rats. Im especially interested in exploring how sparse firing and field potentials could represent bodily states through the interoceptive system, and how the body periphery shapes oscillatory activity in the central nervous system.

Phillip Kyriakakis, Postdoc,
Ph.D. – Biology, UCSD, 2014

philIn 2014 I received my PhD in Biology from UC San Diego (with a specialization in multi-scale biology), where I was on the Interfaces Training Grant as well as the Cell, Molecular and Genetics Training Grant. I received an Associates Degree in Biotechnology from Massachusetts Bay Community College in 2004. The following year, I interned at Boston University Medical Center and Forsyth Institute/Harvard Medical School and worked at BD Biosciences. I then received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts Boston. In the Coleman lab I am working on synthetic biology approaches to engineer optical control of cells/genes with a focus on neuroscience. I was a mentor to UC San Diego’s 2015 iGEM team.

Diego Mesa, Grad Student
Ph.D. candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD
B.S. – Computer Engineering, University of Florida, 2010
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

I graduated from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) with a Bachelors in Computer Engineering and am now pursuing a PhD in neural engineering through the department of Bioeng@UCSD. As an undergrad I worked on a DARPA funded project dealing with creating a Cyberworkstation to enable Brain Machine Interface research through the ACIS Lab.

Marianne Catanho, Grad
Ph.D. candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD
M.S. – Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 2012
B.S. – Electrical Engineering, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2009

MarianneI received my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics at the University of Missouri in 2009, and my Masters in Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2012. During my undergraduate and graduate studies, I was involved with research in computational neuroscience and basic science in neuroscience. Working with biology spiked my interest and appreciation for biological systems, and I am interested in the research areas that are emerging in the intersection of electrical engineering and neuroengineering, especially as it concerns to neuroregeneration and neuropathies.

Dae Kang, Grad
Ph.D. candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD
B.S. – Bioengineering, UCSD, 2012
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

daeI received my Bachelors in Bioengineering from UCSD in 2012 and decided to remain in pursuit of my Ph.D. As an undergraduate, I researched the biomedical applications of catalytic nanostructures specifically pertaining to drug delivery and cell diagnostics. By coupling my love for biological phenomena and my engineering experience with micro/nanoscale systems, I hope to develop the next generation of medical biosensors and develop methods for intimately merging biology and semiconductor technologies.

Mridu Sinha, Grad
Ph.D. candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD
M.S. – Electrical and Computer Engineering, UW-Madison
B.S. – Electrical Engineering, Manipal Univ., 2010

mriduAfter finishing my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from India, I pursued my Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During my graduate study I developed a self-adapting web interface over existing internet applications for use by people with disabilities. I also worked at the School of Medicine to develop an objective assessment system for Parkinson’s disease. Being brought up in a family of doctors, I was always fascinated by the field of medicine. After my graduate studies at Wisconsin and brief time in the medical device industry at Boston Scientific, I decided to pursue my PhD in Bioengineering. I am currently working on developing an unobtrusive sensing device to study seizures in neonates. In my free time I like to experiment with different art forms and volunteer with programs to introduce middle school kids to the field of STEM.

Teryn Johnson, Grad
M.S. Candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD
B.S. – Bioengineering, UCSD 2015

IMG_4925I graduated from UCSD with a degree in bioengineering and continued on to pursue my master’s degree. My current research focuses on understanding how information is translated from one local network to another as well as understanding how features of intracranial signals contribute to network extracranial signals. My research focuses on data gathered from rodent subjects, but I am also very interested in translating all findings into human subjects.


Previous Lab Members

Lara Maria Rangel, UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow,
Ph.D. – Neurosciences, UCSD, 2014
B.S. – Biological Sciences, Stanford, 2000

Lara Charles RiverMy primary research interests are centered upon understanding the mechanisms that give rise to rhythmically identifiable processing states in the brain, from single cell participation in rhythmic circuits to the dynamic engagement of interacting neural networks during behavior. My current work aims to understand the relationship between local circuit level processes in the brain and extracranially measured brain rhythms. By characterizing the causal structure of this relationship, I hope to better understand the ontogeny of the EEG.

Sanggyun Kim, Assistant Project Scientist
Ph.D. – Electrical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), 2008
Postdoc – Dept of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, 2009-2010

My current research focuses on developing signal processing algorithms and statistical methods for analyzing neuroscience data. I am working to integrate methods such as signal processing, model estimation, statistical inference, point process, and information theory to uncover the underlying function of the brain.

Joanne Shin, Grad
M.S. – Electrical Engineering in Intelligent Systems, UCSD, 2015
B.S. – Electrical Engineering, UCSD, 2013

joanneI received my B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and M.S. in ECE with a focus in Intelligent Systems from UCSD. I am passionate about using relevant data to make sense of the world. My research focused on a statistical decision support system for clinical applications. In my spare time I enjoy hot yoga and long walks to the fridge.

Michael Bajema, Grad
B.S. – Electrical Engineering, Kettering University

I graduated from Kettering University with a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. I worked at Northwestern University as an undergrad designing and fabricating various custom devices for lab and clinical research. My current interests include electronic tattoos, biomedical signal processing , and Brain-Computer Interfaces.

Rui Ma, Postdoc
Ph.D. – Neuroscience, U. Illinois, 2008
M.S. – Applied Mathematics, U. Illinois, 2008
B.S. – Neurobiology, University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), 2004

I was awarded my Ph.D. in Neuroscience and M.S. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and my B.S. in Neurobiology and Biophysics from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). I have been fascinated with Brain-Computer Interfaces since high school and after finishing my PhD in studying the neurophysiology of the cat oculomotor system, I joined Prof. Coleman’s lab where I conducted experiments first in non-invasive BCI, and am now taking the lead on animal experiments with BCI.

Varsha Vijayan, Grad Student
M.S. Candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD
B.E. – Biomedical Engineering, SSN College of Engineering (Anna University, Chennai), 2012

varshaI received my Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering in India. My undergraduate thesis dealt with designing and developing a telemedicine system for rural health monitoring. Currently, I am pursuing Master’s in Bioengineering at UCSD. My research focus is on statistical modeling of sleep architecture. I am interested in biomedical signal processing, diagnostic & therapeutic medical device development. Apart from academics, I am involved in writing and learning new languages.

Nicole Hoffner, Undergradate Student
B.S. candidate – Cellular and Molecular Biology, SDSU, 2013

I am an undergraduate at San Diego State University pursuing a degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology.  I am captivated by the complexity yet elegance of the natural world. Virology and neuroscience are two of my greatest research interests, and my goal is to help drive the continued elucidation of life’s mysteries while advancing bio-compatible technologies and expanding their applications in disease treatment and prevention.

Cheolsoo Park, Postdoc
Ph.D. – Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London, 2011
M.S. – Biomedical Engineering, Seoul National University, 2006
B.S. – Electronic Engineering, Sogang University, 2004

I was awarded my M.S. degree in biomedical engineering department with the electrical engineering background. During my PhD in the department of electrical & electronic engineering at Imperial College London, I researched and developed advanced signal processing algorithms for the analysis of brain signal (EEG). My research interests are mainly in the area of biomedical signal processing, brain computer interface (BCI), time-frequency analysis and statistical signal processing.

Sarah Petruno, Lab Manager 2011-2012
B.S. – Biology, University of Wisconsin–Madison, 2007

During my undergrad at UW–Madison, I studied the interactions between behavior, the social environment, and olfactory communication in Peromyscus mice. I joined a visual neuroscience lab in 2008 where I investigated visual behavior and the neural basis of sensory perception in rodents. In the Coleman lab, my experimental focus centers around brain-machine interfaces, neural interactions, and behavior in rodents.

Zane Chou, Undergradate Student
B.S. candidate – Bioengineering, UCSD, 2015

I am an undergraduate student in my first year at UCSD planning to major in Bioengineering. I began working at Professor Coleman’s lab through the Regents Scholar Research Initiative (RSRI). I am excited to familiarize myself with the field and assist with Prof. Coleman’s research.