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


  • Jasmine Berry
    CS PhD student
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    Examining opportunities at the intersection of biomechanics and computational modeling.

  • Brian Cohn
    CS PhD Student
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    Using virtual reality, high dimensional analysis, and artificial intelligence to reverse engineer the hand.

  • Akira Nagamori
    BKN PhD Candidate
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    Understanding voluntary feedback control of goal-directed actions through sensorimotor integration using analysis of motor performance, reflex testing and neuromuscular modeling.

  • Ali Marjaninejad
    BME PhD student
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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.

  • Daniel Hagen
    BME PhD student
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    Understanding the limb mechanics of routine motions and how the nervous system accomplishes these tasks under spatial and temporal constraints.

  • 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.

Current Interns

Information for Prospective Interns
Huan Zhao - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
SitharaSithara Kamalakkannan - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering
Vishweshwar Shastri - BME Masters student
Young Jin Kim - CS Undergraduate
Chintalapudi Sarath - EE Masters student
Paris Hajili - BME Undergraduate
Niharika Singh - BME Masters Student

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

Postdoctoral Alumni

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

Past Masters Students

Victor Esparza - BME
Maral Kasiri - BME Masters Student

Internship Alumni

Yasmine Kahsai - Roski Design Undergraduate Gabe Glasser - M.S. Student in Biomedical Engineering Mayumi Ishikawa - BME undergrad
Brandon Miura - BME undergrad
Taylor Stroobosscher - EE undergrad
Théo Denisart - Visiting Masters Student from EPFL Keegan Bate - BME Masters Student
Giridhar Akila Dhakshinamoorthy - CS Masters Student
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 - BME Masters Student
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 - EE Masters Student