Principal Investigator

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

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Arunima Sharma
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
B.Tech and M.Tech Dual Degree, Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi

Lingyi Zhao
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech/Emory/Peking University joint program
B.S., Physics (minor in Acoustics), Nanjing University Nanjing, China


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

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

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
Inaugural Whiting School of Engineering Research Trainee AwardeeSiebel Scholar

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

Undergraduate Student

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


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

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

Alumni & Former Mentees

Ph.D. Alumnus

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: Amazon, Inc.


  • Manish Bhatt, 2020
    Position after departure: Assistant Professor, BITS-Pilani University, Goa, India


  • Ole Marius Hoel Rindal, 2016-2017
    Visiting PhD Student from the University of Oslo in Norway

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 Kempski, M.S., BME, 2021
  • Joshua Krachman, B.S./M.S.E., BME, 2021
    Position after graduation: Algorithms Engineer, Acutus Medical, Inc.
  • Zehua Li, M.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
  • 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 Dunn
    NSF CSMR REU Student, 2020 (virtual) 
    2nd Best Presentation Awardee, 2020
    NSF CSMR REU Program
    Mississippi State University, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2022 
  • 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
  • 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, Class of 2022 
  • 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
    University of Michigan, Biomedical Engineering (minor: Music), Class of 2023 
  • Joanna Guo
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science, 2020
  • 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
  • Rene Lopez
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2020
    Position after graduation: Medtronic
  • 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
  • Brooke Stephanian
    Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering, 2019
    Position after graduation: Berkeley-UCSF, Master of Translational Medicine (MTM) Program
  • 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, Class of 2021 

Rotation Student

  • Theron Palmer, JHU BME PhD Program, 2018-2019


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 [email protected] and cc: [email protected]
PhD Students: Apply to the ECEBME, and/or CS Department(s) and mention Prof. Muyinatu Bell in the application. Optional: Send an email to [email protected] and cc: [email protected] 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.

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,  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!