Principal Investigator

Zhi Yang, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

yang5029@umn.edu

Zhi Yang is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota since 2015. He is also a researcher in MnDRIVE Robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing (RSAM). From 2010 to 2015, he was an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Ophthalmology at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD training (integrated bioelectronics & mathematical modeling) from Professor Wentai Liu and graduated in 2010. His research interests are in the areas of neural interfaces and neural signal processing, such as closed-loop neural modulation, large-scale recording and stimulation, autonomic recording and stimulation, and ultra-miniaturized bioelectronics. He is a passionate scientist and likes to see the bioelectronics in real clinical use. He works with like-minded students and collaborators.


Jian Xu, Ph.D.Researcher

xuxx1268@umn.edu

Jian Xu is a research scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He graduated with a BS and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Zhejiang University in 2007 and 2012 respectively. From 2011 to 2015, he worked as a Ph.D. student, research fellow, and senior research fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He studies mixed-signal integrated circuits, including high-precision low-power data converters, low-noise neural amplifiers, and power and data management. His current work focuses on design and validation of novel neural recording and stimulation devices for closed-loop neuromodulation. He also works on MRI compatible neural devices.


Wenfeng Zhao, Ph.D.Researcher

zhaow@umn.edu

Wenfeng Zhao is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota. He graduated with a BS and MS from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2007 and 2009, and a PhD degree from the National University of Singapore in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he worked as a research fellow in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore. His areas of interest include neural recording, neural data compression and transmission, and low-power neural instrumentation.


Tong Wu Ph.D Student

wuxx1521@umn.edu

Tong Wu is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He got a BS from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2010 and a MS from Zhejiang University in 2012. He worked as a research associate from 2012 to 2014 in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He studies VLSI neural data compression, large-scale neural signal processing, and neural recording.


Anh Tuan (Jules) Nguyen Ph.D Student

nguy2833@umn.edu

Anh Tuan Nguyen is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He obtained his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering (1st Class Honour & outstanding thesis) from the National University of Singapore in 2014. He was ranked 3rd among students in the high school exit examination in Vietnam in 2010. He studies low-noise neural recording, large-scale recording and stimulation, and MRI compatible neural devices.


Wing-kin (Teris) Tam Ph.D Student

tamxx113@umn.edu

Teris is a pre-doctoral research assistant at the University of Minnesota and a 4th year PhD student from the National University of Singapore. He obtained a B.Sc.(1st Class Honour) and a M.Phil. in Biomedical Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He developed a Brain-computer Interface system for stroke rehabilitation during his master research. He then worked for two years in the Hong Kong SAR government undergoing professional training in medical device management. His fields of research include neural decoding, spike detection and massively parallel neural signal processing.


Diu Khue (Katerine) Luu Ph.D Student

luudiukhue.0102@gmail.com

Katerine Luu is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Science in Economics (1st Class Honour) from the National University of Singapore in 2015. She was ranked 3rd among students in the high school exit examination in Vietnam in 2009. She studies super-resolution neural recording techniques and their applications in neuromodulation.


Zheng Wang, Ph.D.Research Associate

wang7976@umn.edu

Zheng Wang is a Research Associate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore with a B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering (1st Class Honors) in 2009, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015. Zheng plans to pursue another degree in medical school and before that she works in the NeuroElectronics lab. Her current interests lie in data analysis especially for neural and biomedical applications.


Syed Ali HassanVisiting Undergraduate Student

SyedAli.Hassan07@myhunter.cuny.edu

Ali is an undergraduate student from Hunter College in New York City. He is interested in brain computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics. He is a bioinformatics major and wants to pursue a career in systems neuroscience. He enjoys the outdoors and loves hiking. He also enjoys fine woodworking and making his own furniture. His favorite past time is drinking tea around a campfire with friends after a long hike. He travels a lot and loves meeting new people.


Andrew NawrotUndergraduate Student

nawro019@umn.edu

Andrew is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His main interests include neural signal recording and decoding. Currently he cannot decide between pursuing an MS in Biomedical Engineering or entering industry after graduation. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and trying to make the world's best chocolate chip cookie.