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Current UWIN Undergraduate Fellows

Karley Benoff (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering major working with Kat Steele in the ME Ability & Innovation Lab. Karley’s research focuses on designing and optimizing body-powered orthoses for individuals with neuromuscular deficits of the arm. She will test her device with participants using electromyography (EMG) signals to evaluate motor learning and user adaptation. Karley’s goal is have the final orthosis design be open source.
Monica Harris (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate student working with Eatai Roth and Tom Daniel in the Biology department. Monica is interested in sensory processing systems, and her research focuses on the optomotor pitching response of the Hawk Moth (Manduca Sexta). Specifically, she explores how small- and wide-field visual stimuli affect the abdominal flexion of moths in a closed-loop system.
Kim Hua (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Bioengineering working with Rajesh Rao in the Computer Science & Engineering department. Kim’s research uses electrocorticography (ECoG) to provide direct cortical stimulation as a means of providing tactile feedback in human subjects. She is interested in how different stimulation parameters change human perception. This information can inform future experiments on sensory stimulation and bi-directional brain computer interfaces. Kim aims to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering after graduation.
Linxing Preston Jiang (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Computer Science who works with Rajesh Rao in the Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering and Andrea Stocco in the Psychology department. Preston is researching the relationship between transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and the elicited visual perception of human participants. After graduation, Preston hopes to pursue a Ph.D. to keep working in the field of brain computer interface and machine learning, and possibly bridging the gap between BCI and operating systems.
Jessica Johnson (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Bioengineering working with Rajiv Saigal in the Neurosurgery Department. Jessica’s research investigates the use of a controlled, localized drug release system for the treatment of spinal cord injuries. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, with a focus in neuroscience.
Ben Pedigo (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Bioengineering with a minor in Applied Math. He is working with Chet Moritz in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiology & Biophysics. Ben’s research investigates how optogenetic stimulation of the spinal cord may be able to improve upper-limb motor function after a spinal cord injury. He is optimizing the lab’s implantable optogenetic stimulation methods for use in long-term studies in rodents. After graduating, Ben plans to pursue a Ph.D. in bioengineering or a related field, continuing to study the interface between technology and the nervous system.
Gautham Velchuru (2017 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Computer Science working with Bing Brunton in the Biology department. Gautham’s work involves developing software for face annotation and emotion recognition, with the goal of creating an automated facial pose recognition pipeline. This will be used along with video and electrocorticography (ECoG) data to gain insight into possible associations between naturalistic brain recordings and behavior. He is especially interested in computer vision and machine learning, and hopes to continue working in those fields.

Emeritus UWIN Undergraduate Fellows

Abe Elliott Abe (2016 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Physics working with Adrienne Fairhall in the Physiology and Biophysics department. Elliott’s research investigates trial and error learning in the Zebra Finch song system. He is analyzing the timing variation of male Zebra Finch songs, with the goal of using data from recordings to inform bio-physiological models of trial and error learning. After graduation, Elliott plans to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, with an emphasis in computational neuroscience modeling.
Birch Camille Birch (2016 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Bioengineering working with Eberhard Fetz in the Physiology and Biophysics department. Camille’s research uses the Neurochip-3, a powerful new head-mounted electrophysiology system, to investigate the behavioral state-dependence of functional neural connectivity between the prefrontal cortex and the motor cortex of non-human primates. She is particularly interested in neural engineering research contributing to advances in rehabilitation medicine.
FedorkoJulie Julie Fedorko (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Neuroscience at Pomona College who worked with David Perkel in the UW Biology and Otolaryngology departments. Julie’s research investigates vocal communication, specifically looking at the vocalizations elicited by male mice when interacting with a potential mate. Quantitatively, the features of the vocalizations that females prefer will be assessed through systematic alterations of the tempo and acoustics.
Hodge Joe Hodge (2016 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering and Organismal Biology at Vanderbilt University working with David Perkel in the UW Biology and Otolaryngology departments. Joe’s research investigates bipedal balancing in birds, as an example of natural multimodal sensory processing. He focuses on the sensory cues and feedback algorithms birds use to maintain balance and upright posture in the face of dynamic perturbations. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Joe intends to continue research in neuroengineering as part of a Ph.D. program.
LoseyDarby_2 Darby Losey (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Computer Science and Neurobiology who worked with Raj Rao in the Computer Science department and Andrea Stocco in the Psychology department. Darby’s interests lie in using noninvasive brain-computer interfacing to increase human communication abilities. He is specifically examining the potential for using phosphenes as an information-encoding paradigm. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. that will allow him continue bridging the gap between computers and the brain in order to help solve medical problems.
McCrearyChristine Christine McCreary (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Computer Science who worked with Bing Brunton in the Biology Department. Christine’s research involves computational analysis of pelvic nerve signal recordings. This work is part of a larger collaborative endeavor to develop a wireless implantable electronic device that can decode pelvic signals and appropriately control the bladder of a patient. After receiving her bachelor’s degree, Christine intends on continuing research in computational neuroscience while enrolled in a Ph.D. program.
NgAlbert Albert Ng (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Neurobiology and Medical Anthropology & Global Health who worked with Beth Buffalo and Adrienne Fairhall in the Physiology and Biophysics department. Albert’s research focuses on how virtual spatial representations in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex relate to navigation, memory, and learning, with the goal of augmenting the development of technologies involving virtual reality tasks.
PighinMarissa Marissa Pighin (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Neurobiology who worked with Chantel Prat and Andrea Stocco in the Psychology department. Marissa’s research aims to develop a neurofeedback paradigm using low-cost wireless EEG headsets. With the development of the neurofeedback training, she will train specific brain oscillation frequencies in order to improve attention. She plans to apply this training technique to healthy individuals in order to improve reading comprehension.
PrattBrandon Brandon Pratt (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, and Neurobiology who worked with Tom Daniel in the Biology department. Brandon studies the encoding properties of abdominal proprioception and wing deflection of the Hawk Moth (Manduca Sexta). He is especially interested in sensory transduction and how it relates to the dynamics and control of movement in living organisms.
Ramadan Mahdi Ramadan (2016 fellow) is an undergraduate Neurobiology major working with Raj Rao in the Computer Science department. Mahdi has a keen interest in neural engineering and machine learning, and his research focuses on assessing and developing the functionality of electrocorticography-based brain-computer interfaces. He hopes to continue his investigations into rehabilitation technology after graduation.
Rockhill Alex Rockhill (2016 fellow) is an undergraduate student completing honors programs in Neurobiology, Applied Math in Biological and Life Science, and Computational Neuroscience. He is working with Wyeth Bair and Anitha Pasupathy in Biological Structure. Alex studies shape recognition in an intermediate structure in the ventral visual pathway. He is specifically investigating whether shape orientation and curvature preferences that have been previously characterized in two dimensions are encoded differently for three-dimensional shapes, with the goal to study dynamic shape encoding in the future.
VrizziStefano Stefano Vrizzi (2015 fellow) is an undergraduate student in Neuroscience at the University of Leeds (UK) who worked with Adrienne Fairhall in the UW Physiology and Biophysics department.  Stefano’s research focused on modelling how Bidirectional-Brain-Computer-Spinal Cord-Interface (BBCSI) induces neural plasticity. He has previously investigated computational modeling of how the spinal cord controls motor output. He is heartily passionate about promoting public engagement in science, especially through public talks.