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 Master’s 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. In 2018, I was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Biology from Swarthmore College.


Ph.D. Students

  • Suraj Chakravarthi Raja
    Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering
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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.

  • Angelo Bartsch Jimenez
    Ph.D. Student in Biokinesiology
    M.Sc. in Statistics
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    Interested in how the brain uses somatosensory information to control the human movement.

  • Grace Niyo
    Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering
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    Interested in the neural control of movements and interfacing with neural signals to drive external devices.
  • Pegah Ojaghi
    Ph.D. Student in Computer Engineering
    (Visiting from UC Santa Cruz)
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  • Timothy Fanelle
    Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering
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Lab Members

Information for Prospective Interns

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

  • Daniel Wang
    B.S. Student in Mechanical Engineering and Applied & Computational Mathematics
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    Developing complex mechanical systems.

  • Taylor White
    B.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
    M.S. Student in Medical Device Diagnostics and Engineering
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    Interested in enhanced ACL recovery and rehabilitation practices.

  • Jaehyung Choi
    B.S. Student in Quantitative Biology
    M.S. Student in Computer Science
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    Building a messaging pathway between robotic systems and machine learning algorithms.

  • Nick Mengyu Sun
    B.S. Student in Electrical Engineering
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    Interested in mixed-signal integrated circuits and VLSI design.

  • Paritosh Singh
    M.S. Student in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
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    Interested in leveraging Artificial Intelligence for social good.

Doctoral Alumni

Madhusudhan Venkadesan - Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2007: LinkedIn | Website
Veronica Santos - Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2007: LinkedIn | Website
Daniel Brown - Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2007
Evangelos Theodorou - Ph.D. Computer Science, 2011
Manish Kurse - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2012: LinkedIn
Kornelius Rácz - Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2012
Joshua Inouye - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2012
Sudarshan Dayanidhi - Ph.D. Biokinesiology, 2012: LinkedIn | Website
Sarine Babikian - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2015
Victor Barradas - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2015
Alexander Reyes - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2015: LinkedIn
Emily Lawrence - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2016: LinkedIn
Na-hyeon (Hannah) Ko - Ph.D. Biokinesiology, 2016: LinkedIn | Website
Akira Nagamori - Ph.D. Biokinesiology, 2020: LinkedIn | Website
Brian Cohn - Ph.D. Computer Science, 2020: LinkedIn | Website
Dan Hagen - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2020: LinkedIn | Website
Jasmine Berry - Ph.D. Computer Science, 2020: LinkedIn | Website
Ali Marjaninejad - Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, 2021: LinkedIn | Website

Postdoctoral Alumni

Natalia Castillo, M.D. - 2001
Chandana Paul, Ph.D. - 2005
Stephanie Roach, M.D. - 2007
Robert Clewley, Ph.D. - 2007
John Rieffel, Ph.D. - 2007
Sanjay Kumar, Ph.D. - 2007
Madhusudhan Venkadesan, Ph.D. - 2007: LinkedIn | Website
Robert Clewley, Ph.D. - 2007: Website
Kevin Keenan, Ph.D. - 2007: LinkedIn | Website
Weiwei Li, Ph.D. - 2008
Heiko Hoffmann, Ph.D. - 2009
Jason Kutch, Ph.D. - 2010: Website
Srideep Musuvathy, Ph.D. - 2013: LinkedIn
Isabella Fassola, M.D. - 2014
Christopher Laine, Ph.D. - 2016: LinkedIn
Jun Yong Shin, Ph.D. - 2017: LinkedIn
Kian Jalaleddini, Ph.D. - 2017: LinkedIn

Sabbatical and Visiting Faculty

Jae Woong Yi - Agency of Defense Development, South Korea, 2005
Anupam Saxena - IIT Kangpur, 2007
Marta Covadonga Mora Aguilar - Universitat Jaume I, Spain, 2010
Robert Riener - Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETF Zurich, 2013
Maria Makarov - SUPELEC, Paris, France, 2014

Internship Alumni

Victor Esparza - Biomedical Engineering
Maral Kasiri - Biomedical 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
Jiaoran Wang - M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2021: LinkedIn
Neil Koby Reid - M.S. Biomedical Engineering, 2021: LinkedIn