Principal Investigator

Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & PULSE Lab Director
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
[more details | CV as .pdf]

Ph.D. Students

Eduardo González
PhD Student, BME
M.S., Mechatronics – Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru
B.S., Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Fulbright Fellow

Michelle Graham
PhD Student, ECE
B.S., University of Scranton
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Mardava Gubbi
PhD Student, ECE
B.Tech & M.Tech Dual Degree, Electrical Engineering – Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Kelley Kempski
PhD Student, BME 
B.S., Biomedical Engineering – University of Delaware
NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Arun Nair
PhD Student, ECE (co-advised with Prof. Trac Tran)
B.Tech & M.Tech Dual Degree, Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Theron Palmer
PhD Student, BME
B.S., Bioengineering – University of California, Santa Cruz

Alycen Wiacek
PhD Student, ECE
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering – Oakland University, Rochester, MI
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Master’s Student

Jiaqi (Justina) Huang
M.S.E. Student, BME
B.S. with Honors, Engineering Science, Biomedical Systems
University of Toronto

Undergraduate Students

Jessica Su
Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2022 
Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg Scholar
NSF REU Student

Kendra Washington
Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2021 
Georgia Institute of Technology
Leadership Alliance Scholar


Sarah Beck, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology

Kai Ding, , Ph.D., DABR
Assistant Professor and Senior Medical Physicist, Radiation Oncology

Kelvin Hong, M.B.B.Ch., M.B.B.S.
Associate Professor, Radiology and Radiological Science Divisional Director, Interventional Radiology

George Jallo, M.D.
Professor, Neurosurgery Clinical Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery

Peter Kazanzides, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Computer Science 

Austin Reiter, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Computer Science

Trac D. Tran, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Alumni & Former Mentees


  • Ole Marius Hoel Rindal
    Visiting PhD Student from the University of Oslo in Norway

Graduate Students

  • Derek Allman, M.S., ECE, 2019
    Google Scholar Profile
    Position after graduation: JHU Applied Physics Lab
  • Jinxin Dong, M.S., ECE, 2019 
  • Huayu Hou, M.S., ECE, 2019
    Position after graduation: JHU ECE PhD Program
  • Joshua Shubert, M.S., ECE, 2018 
    NSF Graduate Research Fellow
    Position after graduation: Avenda Health, Inc.

Undergraduates (NSF = National Science Foundation, CSMR = Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics, REU = Research Experience for Undergraduates)

  • Margaret Allard
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2017
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2017
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Smith College, Physics, 2019
  • Alicia B. Dagle
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2015
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2015
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Clark University, Physics, 2018
  • Blackberrie Eddins
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2016
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2016
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2018
  • Neeraj Gandhi
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2016
    University of Virginia, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017
  • Bria Goodson
    McNair Scholar, 2018
    Delta State University, Biology, Class of 2020
  • Joanna Guo
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, Class of 2020
  • Kelley Kempski
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2018
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2018
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    University of Delaware, Biomedical Engineering, 2018
  • Rene Lopez
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2020
  • Jasmin Palmer
    Leadership Alliance Student, 2018
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 2019
  • Elizabeth Shi
    Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019
  • Brooke Stephanian
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2019
  • Anastasia K. Ostrowski
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2013 & 2014
    University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering, 2016



We are an engaging and dynamic group, looking for highly motivated, dedicated, and self-driven students and postdocs with interests and/or skills in circuit design, signal processing, machine learning, programming, biomedical imaging, optics, medical robotics, and human health (or any combination thereof).
Deep Learning Postdoc Position Available Immediately: See PULSE Lab Postdoc Ad for more details. 
Other Postdocs: Email your CV, research interests, and links to two representative papers to and cc:
PhD Students: Apply to the ECEBME, and/or CS Department(s) and mention Prof. Muyinatu Bell in the application. Optional: Send an email to and cc: after you apply.
MS Students: Research projects for credit are available for students currently enrolled in the Masters program at JHU.  A minimum commitment of 10-15 hours per week is required. Email your CV and research interests to be considered.
Undergrads: Will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Summer research opportunities are available through our NSF REU Program. Academic year paid opportunities are available through PURA. Research projects may be available for credit during the school year. Email your CV, research interests, and anticipated time commitment to be considered.

Note from Prof. Bell: I receive a large volume of emails from prospective students inquiring about research opportunities in the PULSE Lab. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Thank you for your understanding, as I simply do not have the capacity to run my own admissions office. If you are interested in joining my lab and you are not currently a student here, your first step is to apply to the ECE Department,  BME Department, and/or CS Department at JHU and mention my name in your application. I can then evaluate your application during the regular admission period, see how you rank against other applicants, and assess your fit based on the status of new and ongoing projects at that time. I tend to take 1 or 2 new students each year, thus it is best for everyone if I defer any recommendation until I see the entire pool of applicants. Admissions decisions are ultimately made by the Department, not myself. If you are already here at JHU, please provide the information requested above to be considered. Thanks so much for your interest in my lab!