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VISE Summer Fellows

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