Principal Investigator

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

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Md Ashikuzzaman
Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
M.A.Sc., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
B.Sc., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Dhaka, Bangladesh

Deepak Raina (co-advised with Prof. Axel Krieger)
Ph.D., Medical Robotics – Joint degree with Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and Purdue University
M.Tech., Robotics – Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur
B.Tech., Mechanical Engineering – Maharishi Markandeshwar University Ambala, India

Pankaj Warbal
Ph.D., Indian Institute of Information Technology Allahabad, India
M.Tech, Nanotechnology, National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, India
B.Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology Srinagar, India

Ph.D. Students

Junior Arroyo
PhD Student, BME
M.S., Digital Signal and Image Processing – Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru
B.S., Physics – Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

Ziwei (Claire) Feng
PhD Student, ECE (co-advised with Prof. Kai Ding)
B.S., Electronic Information Engineering – Shandong Normal University
M.S., Signal and Information Processing – Shandong Normal University


Mahban Gholijafari
PhD Student, ECE
B.Sc., Electrical and Control Engineering – Amirkabir University of Technology (Tehran Polytechnic), Tehran, Iran

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


Manik Kakkar
PhD Student, ECE
M.Sc., Physics – Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, India
B.Sc., Physics & Electronics – Punjab University, Chandigarh, India


Gareth Keene
PhD Student, ECE
B.S., Electrical Engineering – Pennsylvania State University


Nethra Venkatayogi
PhD Student, CS
B.S., Biomedical Engineering – University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US

Jiaxin Zhang
PhD Student, ECE
M.E., Electrical Engineering – University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, US
B.E., Electrical Engineering – Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China


Junhao Zhang
PhD Student, ECE
M.S., Mechanical Engineering – ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
B.S., Physics & Mechanical Engineering – University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, US

Masters Student

Yanlin Wu
M.S. Student, Biomedical Engineering 
Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2026

Undergraduate Students

Nidhi Batra
Electrical Engineering (minor in Computer Integrated Surgery)
Johns Hopkins University, Class of 2025

Taylor Folk
Bioengineering
Harvard University, Class of 2026
NSF-funded REU student

Rhea Rasquinha
Biomedical Engineering
Brown University, Class of 2025
NSF-funded REU student

 

Research Specialist

Shri Prabha Shivram
Research Specialist
M.S., Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University, MD, US
B.S, Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, DE, US

Current & Former Collaborators

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

Jonathan Chrispin, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Division of Cardiology, Electrophysiology and Arrhythmia

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

Amit Jain, M.D.
Chief, Minimally-Invasive and Outpatient Spine Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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

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

Kelly Myers, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Radiology and Radiological Science

Eniola Oluyemi, M.D.
Associate Professor, Radiology and Radiological Science

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

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

Sami Tuffaha, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Karen Wang, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Gynecology and Obstetrics

Alumni & Former Mentees

Ph.D. Alumni

Eduardo González, PhD
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
M.Sc., Mechatronic Engineering, Technische Universitaet Ilmenau (TUI), Germany
M.S., Mechatronics – Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru
B.S., Pontifical Catholic University of Peru
Fulbright Fellow
Google Scholar Profile
Position after graduation: GPU Software Engineer, Philips

Michelle Graham, PhD
Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
B.S., University of Scranton
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
Google Scholar Profile
Position after graduation: Senior Algorithms and Signal Processing Engineer, Abiomed

Arun Nair, PhD 
Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2021
B.Tech & M.Tech Dual Degree, Indian Institute of Technology Madras
(co-advised with Prof. Trac Tran)
Google Scholar Profile
Position after graduation: Applied Scientist, Amazon, Inc.

Alycen Wiacek, PhD
Ph.D., Electrical & Computer Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2022
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering – Oakland University, Rochester, MI
B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering – Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
Inaugural Whiting School of Engineering Research Trainee AwardeeSiebel Scholar
Google Scholar Profile
Position after graduation: Assistant Professor, Oakland University

Postdocs

  • Manish Bhatt, 2020
    Position after departure: Assistant Professor, BITS-Pilani University, Goa, India
  • Arunima Sharma, 2021-2023
    Position after departure: Postdoc, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Lingyi Zhao, 2020-2023
    Position after departure: Research Scientist, Novateur Research Solutions, Ashburn, Virginia, USA

Visiting

M.S. Students

  • Derek Allman, M.S., ECE, 2019
    Google Scholar Profile
    Position after graduation: JHU Applied Physics Lab
  • Jinxin Dong, M.S., ECE, 2019 
    Position after graduation: AI Engineer, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. 
  • Huayu Hou, M.S., ECE, 2019
    Position after graduation: JHU ECE PhD Program
  • Jiaqi (Justina) Huang, M.S., BME, 2020
    Position after graduation: Baylis Medical
  • Kelley KempskiM.S., BME, 2021
    Position after graduation: Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University
  • Joshua Krachman, B.S./M.S.E., BME, 2021
    Position after graduation: Algorithms Engineer, Acutus Medical, Inc.
  • Zehua LiM.S., ECE, 2021 
    Position after graduation: Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • 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
    Position after graduation: University of Colorado Boulder, PhD Program
  • Nidhi Batra
    Johns Hopkins University, Electrical Engineering (minor in Computer Integrated Surgery, Class of 2025
  • Alicia B. Dagle
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2015
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2015
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Clark University, Physics, 2018
    Position after graduation: Columbia University, PhD Program
  • Reese Dunne
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2020 (virtual) 
    2nd Best Presentation Awardee, 2020
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2023
    Position after graduation: Stanford University, PhD Program
  • Blackberrie Eddins
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2016
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2016
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2018
    Position after graduation: Northwestern University, Medical School
  • Ahmed El-Desoky
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2023
    Xavier University of Louisiana, Computer Science and Biology (minor in Chemistry), Class of 2024
    NSF-funded REU student [/five_sixth_last]
  • Benjamin Frey
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2021 (virtual)
    2nd Best Presentation Awardee, 2021
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), Physics, Computer Science, and Business Administration, 2022 
    Position after graduation: Stanford University, PhD Program
  • Neeraj Gandhi
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2016
    University of Virginia, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017
    Position after graduation: University of Pennsylvania, PhD Program
  • Bria Goodson
    McNair Scholar, 2018
    Delta State University, Biology, 2020
    Position after graduation: Delta State University, MBA Program
  • Camryn Graham
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2021 (virtual)
    University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering (minor: Music), Class of 2023 
  • Joanna Guo
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, 2020
  • Adah Harding
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2023
    Mechanical Engineering (double minor in Biology and Music), University of Maryland Baltimore County, Class of 2026
  • Sara Ibrahim
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2023
    University of Texas at Austin, Mechanical Engineering (Computer Science certificate), Class of 2026
  • Kelley Kempski
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2018
    Best Presentation Awardee, 2018
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    University of Delaware, Biomedical Engineering, 2018
    Position after graduation: JHU BME, PhD Program
  • Khadijat Kokumo
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2022
    Northwestern University, Biomedical Engineering (minor: Computer Science), Class of 2024 
  • Rene Lopez
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2020
    Position after graduation: Medtronic
  • Neil Mahto
    Johns Hopkins University, Computational Neuroscience and English (double major), Class of 2027
  • Jasmin Palmer
    Leadership Alliance Scholar, 2018
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering, 2019
    Position after graduation: Stanford University, PhD Program
  • Elizabeth Shi
    Johns Hopkins University, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2019
    Position after graduation: System Engineer, Raytheon Technologies 
  • Brooke Stephanian
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2019
    Position after graduation: Berkeley-UCSF, Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) Program
  • Jessica Su
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2022 
    ARCS Foundation, Metropolitan Washington Chapter Undergraduate Scholar, 2021
    Position after graduation: Philips Ultrasound
  • Pranhav Sundararajan
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering, Class of 2025
  • José Antonio Timaná Torres
    Visiting Undergraduate Student, 2022-2023
    Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru, Biomedical Engineering, Class of 2023
  • Anastasia K. Ostrowski
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2013 & 2014
    University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering, 2016
    Position after graduation: MIT Media Lab
  • Kendra Washington
    Leadership Alliance Scholar, 2019
    Georgia Institute of Technology, Biomedical Engineering, 2021 
    Position after graduation: Algorithm Engineer, Edwards Life Sciences

BME Rotation Student (there is no rotation program for ECE students)

Opportunities

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).

Anyone Interested in Working with Us: Register Your Statement of Interest Here
, plus take note of the following additional requests.
Research Scientists:
Email your CV and the names of three references to [email protected] and cc: [email protected]
Postdocs: Email your CV, research interests, and links to two representative papers to [email protected] and cc: [email protected]
PhD Students: Apply to the ECE (and BME or CS if desired) Department(s) and mention Prof. Muyinatu Bell in the application. You will have the best chance of admission as a PhD student in my lab by submitting an application to the ECE Department. Optional: Send an email to [email protected] and cc: [email protected] after you apply.
MS Students: Research projects for credit (no tuition support, no stipend support) 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.
Administrative Assistant: Apply here.

PULSE Lab in Minimally Invasive Surgical Innovation Training Center (MISTIC) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Summer 2018 (see Kempski et al. JBO 2019 for study results)

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 (and BME Department or CS Department if desired) 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 2-3 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!