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VISE Summer Fellows

2022 Summer Fellows

Shannon Alptekin, biomedical engineering major, data science minor, Vanderbilt University
Project: Design and Validation of a Surgical Robotic User Interface
PI: PI: Robert Webster, Richard A. Schroeder Chair in Mechanical Engineering


Andrew Haworth, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project:Controlling Wireless Miniature Soft Climbing Robots on Tissue Surfaces Using Magnetic Actuation
PI: Xiaoguang Dong, Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering


Aarushi Negi, nueruoscience, Vanderbilt University
PI: Dario Englot, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery


Xander Stabile, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Madison Veliky, biomedical engineering and computer engineering, Vanderbilt University
PI: Nabil Simaan, Professor of Mechanical Engineering


Stanley Vinet, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Optimization of EEG and fMRI Dependance
PI: Catie Chang, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Kate Wang, computer science major, Vanderbilt University
PI: Catie Chang, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Yifan William Wu, math and computer science major, Vanderbilt University
PI: Ipek Oguz, Assistant Professor, Computer Science


Zihao Wu, math and computer science major, Vanderbilt University
PI: Soheil Kolouri, Assistant professor, Computer Science


Rui Shirley Xu, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
PI: Yuankai Kenny Tao, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Hongyi Leo Yang, computer science major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Intraoperative Soft Tissue Modelling via Deep Learning
PI: Jie Ying Wu, Assistant Professor, Computer Science


2021 Summer Fellows

Brianna Jacobson, biomedical engineering major, chemistry and computer science minor, Vanderbilt University
Project: Multiscale Neuromodulation Modeling for Vagal Nerve Stimulation and Beyond
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Bohan Jiang, computer engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Repairing transient artifacts in PPG signals acquired during fMRI
PI: Catie Chang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering


Aarushi Negi, nueruoscience, Vanderbilt University
Project: Using cortico-cortical evoked potentials (CCEPs) to determine seizure-generating regions of the brain in focal epilepsy
PI: Dario Englot, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery


Rebecca Pan, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Signal Mechanisms in Acoustic Radiation Force Magnetic Particle Imaging
PI: William Grissom, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Rahul Regula, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Multi-lobe Lung Modeling for Image-to-Physical Registration in Less Invasive Thoracic Surgery
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Nishan Shehadeh, computer science, Vanderbilt University
Project: Real-time ultrasonic data quality monitoring in the clinic
PI: Brett Byram, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Madison Veliky, biomedical engineering and computer engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Regulatory framework facilitation for first-in-human trials: The Magnetic Flexible Endoscope (MFE)
PI: PI: Keith Obstein, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine


Jiachen Xu, computer science and mathematics, Vanderbilt University
Project: Contrastive Learning for Digital Pathology with Domain Knowledge-infused
PI: Yuankai Huo, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering


Yiqi Nick Zhao, major computer science and math, minoring in electrical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Machine learning techniques for processing and 3D reconstruction of ultrasound images
PI: Jack Noble, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Qibang Zhu, computer science and math, Vanderbilt University
Project: Skull stripping from MRI
PI: Ipek Oguz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science


2019 Summer Fellows


Alice Ding, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: rigid and non-rigid registrations of a targeted ablation zone
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering,      Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Claire Landewee, biomedical engineering major, Saint Louis University
Project: usability and actuation assessment of a novel disposable endoscope: The HydroJet
Science and Technology of Robotics in Medicine (STORM)
PI: Keith Obstein, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine


Viet Than, computer science major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Mosaicking Retinal Images: Segmentation
Medical Image Computing Laboratory (MedICLP)
PI: Ipek Oguz, Assistant Professor of Computer Science


Kevin Derby, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: In Vivo Motion-corrected Widefield Ophthalmic Imaging using Intraopertive Spectrally Encoded Coherence Tomography and Reflectometry (iSECTR)
Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Laboratory
PI: Yuankai Kenny Tao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Nafis Ahmed, computer engineering major, Vanderbilt Universisty
Project: Automated Detection of Alertness Levels Under Eyes-Closed Conditions
Neuroimaging & Brain Dynamics Lab
PI: Catie Chang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and  Computer Engineering


Emily Tran, mechanical engineering major, The University of Tulsa
Project: Insertion Device for Minimally Invasive Cochlear Implantation
Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab
PI: Robert Webster, Richard A. Schroeder Chair in Mechanical Engineering
and
Computer-Assisted Otologic Surgery (CAOS) Lab
PI: Robert Labadie, MD, PhD, Professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck  Surgery



Hayden Grobleben, biomedical and electrical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Image Quality in Transcranial Ultrasound Imaging
Biomedical Elasticity & Acoustic Measurement Lab (BEAM)
PI: Brett Byram, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


2018 Summer Fellows

Ghassan Alduraibi, electrical engineering and mathematics major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Automatic localization of auditory nerves for patient-specific cochlear implant modeling
Biomedical Image Analysis for Image Guided Interventions (BAGL) Lab
PI: Jack Noble, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Davis Crews, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: ADMIRE: Model-Based Beamformer
Biomedical Elasticity and Acoustic Measurement (BEAM) Laboratory
PI: Brett Byram, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Kevin Derby, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Functional Imaging of Lymphatics and Widefield Mosaicing of Lungs Using OCT
Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Lab
PI: Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


photo of Derek Doss, 2017 Summer Undergraduate studentDerek Doss, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Quantitative Imaging Analysis to Guide Biopsy for Molecular Biomarkers
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Chet Friday, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Creation, ablation, and application of vessel phantoms
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Narendran Narasimhan, mechanical engineering major, Duke University
Project: Insertion device for percutaneous Cochlear implantation
Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab
PI: Robert J. Webster III, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, and Urologic Surgery


Chris Pavas, computer science major, Tennessee State University
Project: Sparse Data  Challenge
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Deandra Peoples, electrical engineering major, Tennessee State University
Project: Raman Spectroscopy
Biophotonics Center at Vanderbilt
PI: Anita Mahadevan-Jansen
Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Yunxi Xiong, computer science major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Deep Whole Brain Segmentation Using SLANT Method
Medical-image Analysis and Statistical Interpretation (MASI) Lab
PI: Bennett Landman, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Radiology and Image Science

2017 Summer Fellows


Oscar Benavides, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Multimodal optical technologies for fluorescence and reflectance ophthalmic imaging in rodent animal models
Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Lab
PI: Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Margaret Bobo, electrical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Abdominal Organ Estimations on T2 MRI’s Generated from Fully Connected Networks
Medical-image Analysis and Statistical Interpretation (MASI) Lab
PI: Bennett Landman, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, Radiology and Image Science


photo of Derek Doss, 2017 Summer Undergraduate studentDerek Doss, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Development of high accuracy surgical guidance systems for use in biopsy driven medicine
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Sarah Goodale, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Real-Time Tracking of Breast Soft Tissue Deformation in Phantom Setting with More Induced Deformation Configurations
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery


Rebecca Jones, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Phanton Fabrication for Improving Kidney Stone Sizing and Detection
Biomedical Elasticity and Acoustic Measurement (BEAM) Laboratory
PI: Brett Byram, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Kelsey Leeburg, biomedical and electrical engineering, Vanderbilt University
Project: Compact Optomechanical Designs for Microscope-Integrated and Handheld Multimodality Ophthalmic Imaging Technologies for Clinical Diagnostics and Surgical Guidance
Diagnostic Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (DIIGI) Lab
PI: Yuankai (Kenny) Tao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


photo of Cindy Lin LiuCindy Lin Liu, biomedical engineerig, Vanderbilt University
Project: Virtual Fixtures in Robotic Transnasal Skull Base Surgery
Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab
PI: Robert J. Webster III, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, and Urologic Surgery


Thomas Massion, computer science, Northwestern University
Project: Computer-assisted Cochlear Implant Programming
Medical Image Processing (MIP) Lab
PI: Benoit Dawant, Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

2016 Summer Fellows

Nicholas Catalan, electrical and biomedical major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Wireless Communications and Power for Surgical Robots
Medical Engineering and Discovery (MED) Lab
PI: Robert J. Webster III, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, and Urologic Surgery

Tianyi (Mason) Chen, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Background-Oriented Schlieren (BOS) Imaging for Optically Mapping Focused Ultrasound Pressure Fields
Grissom Laboratory: MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound
PI: William Grissom, Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering

Gabriel Githiora Waymunyu, computer engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Secure Web Access of Medical Information on Distributed Databases
Medical Image Processing (MIP) Lab
PI: Benoit Dawant, Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Kyle Musto, mechanical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Science and Technology for Robotics in Medicine (STORM) Lab
Director STORM Lab UK and PI: Pietro Valdastri, School of Electronic and Electrical Engineering—University of Leeds; Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Divisions of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition—Vanderbilt University

Eric Noonan, mechanical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Provide a rapid and easy means to assess obstructions in order to determine optimal placement of operating room cameras
PI: Benoit Dawant, Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Tony Russo, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Biomedical Elasticity and Acoustic Measurement (BEAM) Laboratory
PI: Brett Byram, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Douglas Manogue, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Provide a rapid and easy means to assess obstructions in order to determine optimal placement of operating room cameras
PI: Benoit Dawant, Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Biomedical Engineering, Radiology and Radiological Sciences

Derek Doss, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Using an Android App to Model Different Swab Techniques in Open Hepatic Registration
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery

Sarah Goodale, biomedical engineering major, Vanderbilt University
Project: Breast Tissue Deformation Analysis in Preoperative and Simulated Intraoperative Patient States
Biomedical Modeling Lab (BML)
PI: Michael I. Miga, Harvie Branscomb Professor, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Radiology & Radiological Sciences, and Neurological Surgery