PI: Francisco Valero-Cuevas Ph.D.


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Francisco’s Bio
I attended Swarthmore College from 1984-88 where I obtained a BS degree in Engineering. After spending a year in the Indian subcontinent as a Thomas J Watson Fellow, I joined Queen’s University in Ontario and worked with Dr. Carolyn Small. The research for my Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s focused on developing non-invasive methods to estimate the kinematic integrity of the wrist joint.
In 1991, I joined the doctoral program in the Design Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. I worked with Dr. Felix Zajac developing a realistic biomechanical model of the human digits. This research, done at the Rehabilitation R & D Center in Palo Alto, focused on predicting optimal coordination patterns of finger musculature during static force production.
After completing my doctoral degree in 1997, I joined the core faculty of the Biomechanical Engineering Division at Stanford University as a Research Associate and Lecturer. In 1999, I joined the faculty of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University as Assistant Professor, and was tenured in 2005. In 2007, I joined the faculty at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California as Associate Professor; where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. In 2013 I was elected Senior Member of the IEEE, and in 2014 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers.



Lab Members


  • Ali Marjaninejad
    BME PhD candidate
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    Researching biomedical signal processing, neuroscience, and brain machine interfaces.

  • Suraj Chakravarthi Raja
    EE PhD student
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    Making fully operational, neurally interfaced exo-suits and smart prosthesis an affordable reality.

  • Darío Urbina
    Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering
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    Designing robotic platforms for uncovering control mechanisms of balance in aves and quadrupeds.

  • Romina Mir
    M.Sc. Student in Biomedical Engineering
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    Studying the role of sensory information in autonomous robotic manipulation.

Current Interns

Information for Prospective Interns
Andrew Iwamoto - M.S. Student in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Jan Lao - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Jeahyung Choi - M.S. Student in Computer Science
Lama Almofeez - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Nathan Matharu - B.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Neil Koby Reid - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Pranav Bairagi - M.S. Student in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Taylor White - B.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Timothy Fanelle - Ph.D Student in Biomedical Engineering

Doctoral Alumni

Kornelius Rácz— Joshua Inouye— Marta— Melissa Sajnani— Sudarshan Dayanidhi— Emily Lawrence— Alexander Reyes— Na-hyeon (Hannah) Ko— Evangelos Theodorou— Jason Kutch— Madhusudhan Venkadesan— Veronica Santos— Brendan Holt— Kevin Keenan— Rob Clewley— Jonathan Pearlman— Laurel Kuxhaus— Manish Kurse— Sudarshan Dayanidhi— Vic Anand— Nathan Wilson— Jaewoon Yi— Marta Mora-Aguilar— Robert Riener— Maria Makarov— Akira Nagamori— Brian Cohn— Dan Hagen— Jasmine Berry

Postdoctoral Alumni

Christopher Laine—Jun Yong Shin—Srideep Musuvathy— Chandana Paul—Kian Jalaleddini

Past Masters Students

Victor Esparza - Biomedical Engineering
Maral Kasiri - Biomedical Engineering

Internship Alumni

Jiaoran Wang - M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering
Genyu Zhang - M.S. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Ashwin Sivakumar - M.S. Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hanyu She - M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering
Tailun Liu - M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering
Xuchen Ning - M.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering
Sithara Kamalakkannan - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Yasmine Kahsai - Roski Design Undergraduate
Gabe Glasser - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Mayumi Ishikawa - BME undergraduate
Brandon Miura - BME undergraduate
Taylor Stroobosscher - EE undergraduate
Théo Denisart - Visiting Masters Student from EPFL
Keegan Bate - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Giridhar Akila Dhakshinamoorthy - M.S. Student in Computer Science
Taegyum Kim - CS Undergraduate
Melisa Osborne - BME Undergraduate
Priyanka Vachhani - INF MS Student
Séb Arnold - CS Ph.D. in Rotation
Rose Chiang - BME Ph.D. in Rotation
Babak Taherian - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Catherine Leigh Raquel - Stanford Human Biology Undergraduate
Catherine Parsekian - Claremont McKenna Neuroscience Undergraduate
Jiayang Miao - CS Undergraduate
Feihong Qian - CS Undergraduate
Xingchen Liao - CS Undergraduate
Sloan Swieso - CS Undergraduate
John Pugliesi - CS Undergraduate
Cyrus Jia - CS Undergraduate
Noel Trivedi - CS Undergraduate
Elizabeth Chu - CS Undergraduate
Shaohui Quian - M.S. Student in Electrical Engineering
Huan Zhao - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Vishweshwar Shastri - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Young Jin Kim - CS Undergraduate
Chintalapudi Sarath - M.S. Student in Electrical Engineering
Paris Hajili - BME Undergraduate
Niharika Singh - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering