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Gene Y. Fridman, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Fridman is a Biomedical and Electrical engineer. After receiving his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1995, he worked in the aerospace and then the biomedical industry for five years as a software and systems engineer before deciding to engage in an academic career. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering specializing in neural recording and stimulation and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) from UCLA in 2006. Since 2000 he has held an on-going consulting and collaborative relationship with biomedical engineering companies in research and design of neural stimulation and recording devices. He contributed to research and development of spinal cord, retinal, cortical, cochlear, and vestibular neural implants.

Mohamed Rashed

Post-doctoral Fellow

Mohamed Rashed received his Master of Science in Nanotechnology from the Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. He joined multiple engineering startups for 2 years. After that, he received his Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Louisville specializing in the design and fabrication of microfluidic platforms for cell characterization. He is currently working on the development and miniaturization of a microfluidic platform for implantable neural stimulators.

Chaojun Cheng

Ph.D. Student in Mechanical Engineering

Chaojun received his Bachelor of Science from Chongqing University in China, and received his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University. He is currently is a Ph.D. student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Johns Hopkins University. He is working on the actuators and sensors of the microfluidic component for neural stimulator.


Grace Foxworthy

Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering

Grace received her bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and her master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Biomedical Engineering PhD student. Her past work in the lab included hardware and firmware development for the SDCS device. She is currently working on examining the effect of DC stimulation on the sciatic nerve to explore its potential as a treatment for chronic pain.

Cynthia Steinhardt

Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering

Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience from Princeton University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Her work focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which electrical stimulation with DC/galvanic and pulsatile current affects neurons using computational modeling and machine learning techniques.


Fil Aronshtein

MS Student in Robotics

Fil is pursuing his BS in Electrical Engineering and his MS in Robotics at Johns Hopkins University. His past work has involved applications of soft robotics to upper limb prosthesis and neural signal processing. He is currently developing Cybernet, a galvanic coupling-based local communication system for controlling and interconnecting prosthetic and implanted devices throughout the body.


Rounak Baid

MS Student in Engineering and Management

Rounak received his Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from SRM University in India. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Engineering and Management with a specialization in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is currently working in the fabrication and the development of the microfluidic components of the SDCS and the cuff electrodes. In his free time, he enjoys sports and music.

Paul Adkisson

MS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Paul Adkisson received his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California Los Angeles.  He is now pursuing a Master's of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins.  In his free time he enjoys rock climbing and backpacking.


Kelly E. Lane, R.V.T.

Registered Veterinary Technician

Kelly Lane joined the Vestibular NeuroEngineering Lab in 2014 after working with the Behavioral Biology Research Center of Johns Hopkins for 12 years.  Here, she serves as both the Laboratory Manager and Veterinary Technician.  Kelly is a Registered Veterinary Technician who graduated from the CCBC Veterinary Technology Program passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam as well as the Maryland State Board Exam in 2012.

Lab Alumni

Shuming Xu

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Graduated 2021. 

Felix Aplin, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

2017-2020. Dr. Aplin is currently working as a postdoc at the University of Hanover.

Raviraj Thakur, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

2017-2019. Dr. Thakur is currently working at the OHSU Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center

Dilawer Singh

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Graduated 2017. He is currently working at Aidar Health.

Ankitha R. Nair

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Graduated 2019. She is currently working at Aidar Health

Patrick Ou

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Graduated 2018. 

Erin (Yu) Zheng

MS in Biomedical Engineering

Graduated 2016. She is currently working at Boston Consulting Group.