Philip Troyk, PhD
Associate Dean – Armour College of Engineering
Professor – Department of Biomedical Engineering
- PhD Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
- MS Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
- BS Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sungjae Suh, PhD
Dr. Suh’s research enables the development of implantable devices for the Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP) and packaging for other neural prosthesis. His current work focuses upon reliability assessment and failure analysis of implantable systems through environmental stress testing, to inform implanted life time prediction.
- PhD Metallurgical & Materials Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology
Current Graduate Students
Gayatri’s current research is focused on the development of phosphene mapping techniques for cortical implant recipients under the guidance of Dr. Gislin Dagnelie at Johns Hopkins University. As a Masters’ student, she was a research assistant in the Neuro-rehab lab (Advisor, Dr. Walter Besio) and developed an EMG-electrode multiplexer for a FES system to be used in the rehabilitation of hemiplegic patients. She has also worked as a research technologist at the Martinos Imaging center in MGH, Boston.
- MS Biomedical Engineering, Louisiana Tech University (2007)
- BE Electronics and Instrumentation, University of Madras (2004)
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As an undergraduate at Michigan Tech, Sam worked as a research assistant in the Biosensors Laboratory on projects involving sensors based on magnetoelastic materials. His current research is on the development of implantable electrode systems for chronic use, particularly for peripheral nerve applications.
- BS Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological Unversity (2011)
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In 2009, Sina joined the Integrated Circuit and System (ICAS) laboratory at K. N. Toosi University of Technology in Tehran, Iran as a graduate research assistant, where he worked on designing wearable/implantable neural recording/stimulation microsystems. He then spent two years as a senior electrical engineer at the DAF Company in Tehran, Iran before joining the Neural Prosthetic Research Laboratory to pursue his Ph.D.
Sina’s primary work is on designing wireless, implantable, neuro-electroceutical system (WINES) in order to monitor (read), modulate (write), and process peripheral nerve activity. His research interests include designing analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for biomedical applications, neural prosthetic devices, brain-computer-interfaces, and neural engineering.
- MS Biomedical Engineering, K. N. Toosi University of Technology (2012)
- BS Electrical Engineering, Saveh University (2009)
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Thesis: Getting Rid of the Wires: A Transcutaneous Power and Wideband Telemetry System for Multi-Channel Neural Recording Implants
Alexander’s ground-breaking research work involved the design of mixed-signal circuits and inductive links for neural prosthetic applications. In collaboration with engineers at Sigenics, Inc., he demonstrated his novel technology through the design and fabrication of an implantable wideband 16-channel neural sensing system for cortical neural recording.
- Electronics Hardware Engineer, Plexon Inc.
- PhD Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (2012)
- BS Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006)
Thesis: Characterization of AIROF Stimulating Microelectrodes
Hu’s novel research work, performed in collaboration with Dr. Stuart Cogan (formerly of EIC Laboratories, now at the University of Texas at Dallas) furthered the understanding of how to use Activated Iridium Oxide Film (AIROF) electrodes for neural stimulation. His work revealed the disparity between in-vitro and in-vivo charge injection capabilities of AIROF electrodes for cortical applications.
- Biomedical Engineer, Sigenics, Inc.
- PhD Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (2008)
Thesis: First Generation Intracortical Visual Prosthesis Image Capture and Processing System
Nishant’s developmental research work produced a first generation image processing system for the Intracortical Visual Prothesis (ICVP) to process images captured by a camera and communicate with the implantable simulator. While performing experiments at Johns Hopkins University, under the guidance of Dr. Gislin Dagnelie, he reported some of the first results from psychophysical testing of sighted subjects to predict the performance of an ICVP system in an individual with blindness.
- Principal R&D Engineer, Medtronic
- PhD Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (2007)