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.


  • Ali Marjaninejad Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
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    Researching AI, Robotics, biomedical signal processing, neuroscience, and brain machine interfaces.

  • Andrew Erwin Ph.D.
    Postdoctoral Research Associate
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    Investigating the contributions of corticospinal and reticulospinal tracts to motor impairment and recovery after stroke.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

Kornelius Rácz
Joshua Inouye
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
Ali Marjaninejad

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

Neil Koby Reid - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
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