Principal Investigator

James Weiland, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

BS, MS, PhD: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Retinal prosthesis, Wearable Computer Vision Systems, Electrical stimulation of nerve and muscle, Bioelectrode technology, Cortical consequences of blindness

Postdoctoral Fellows

Wennan Li, PhD

Biomedical Engineering

PhD: Harbin Medical University

Research Interests: Electrophysiology of retina

Research Fellows

Elena della Valle, PhD, MS

Biomedical Engineering, Electronic Engineering

BS, MS, PhD: "Sapienza," University of Rome

Research Interests: Electrical stimulation, BioElectrode Technology, Computational Modeling

V.Swetha Jeganathan, MD, MPH, MPhil, FHEA

Biomedical Engineering

MD: Monash University, Australia
MPH: University of Newcastle, Australia
MPhil: University of Melbourne, Australia
Fellowship of Higher Education Academy: UK Professional Standards Framework
Postgraduate Diploma: University of Ulster, UK; University of Edinburgh, UK; Curtin University, Australia

Research Interests: Retinal / neural prosthesis and implant, Wearable smart cameras, Stimulated prosthetic vision, Functional MRI, Visual psychophysics, Functional vision and Low vision rehabilitation

PhD Graduate Students

Beomseo Koo

Biomedical Engineering

BS: George Mason University

Research Interests: Neural Electrophysiology, Neurophysiology, Retina implants, Optogenetics, Optical imaging and therapy techniques

Dorsa Haji Ghaffari

Biomedical Engineering

BS: Tehran Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University, Iran
MS: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Retinal prosthetic implants, Electrical stimulation, Bioelectronics, Computational modeling

Hojun Son

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

BS: Inha University, Korea

Research Interests: Computer Vision, Image processing, Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence

Kate FInn

Biomedical Engineering

BS: Hope College

Research Interests: Retinal Prosthetic Implants, Biological Computational Modeling, Neural Engineering

Muru Zhou

Macromolecular Science and Engineering

BS: Fudan University, China

Research Interests: Responsive Polymers, Shape Memory Polymers, Flexible Electrodes, Electroplating to reduce the impedance of electrodes

Negin Nadvar

Biomedical Engineering

BS: Tehran Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University, Iran
MS: Grand Valley State University

Research Interests: Retinal prosthesis implant, Functional MRI acquisition, reconstruction and processing for retinal implant patients

Undergraduate Students

Harleen Shergill

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Optical Head-Mounted Display Technology, Computer Vision

Former Staff

Faranak Pourdanesh

Biomedical Engineering

BS: Shiraz University, Iran
MS, PhD: Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Research Interests: Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS), Novel circuits and devices for advanced neural interfaces, Characterization Micro-electrodes, Electronic measurements

Kai Ho Edgar Cheung


BS: University of California, Berkeley

Research Interests: Computer vision, SLAM, 3D reconstruction, Machine learning

Yooree Chung

Biomedical Engineering

BS: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Head-mounted display technologies, Retinal prosthesis, Low vision rehabilitation methods