We are an interdisciplinary lab that is joint between the College of Engineering and the School of Medicine. We are affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Center for Neural Interfaces, and the Utah Robotics Center. We have students from a variety of different disciplines. Our diversity breeds innovation, and to this end, we value and respect individuals from diverse backgrounds. We are an inclusive and supportive research group that is committed to promoting diversity and equality in STEM.


Principal Investigator & Lab Director

Jacob A. George, PhD

Jacob A. George received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a Certificate in Computational Science and Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2016. He then received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah in 2018 and 2020, respectively. Dr. George briefly served as a postdoctoral fellow in the Bionic Engineering Lab at the University of Utah before joining the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Dr. George has been an author on numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference abstracts, and he has received over $3,400,000 in research funding to date. Notable accomplishments include: NSF Graduate Fellowship, NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, CCTS Outstanding Postdoc Award, Ripple Neuro Promising Young Investigator Finalist, NIH Director’s Early Independence Award, and Forbes 30 Under 30. Dr. George’s research has been proven to be high-impact: his 2019 publication in Science Robotics resulted in over 398 unique news articles, 450.4 million views, and $4.5 million in advertising for the University of Utah. Outside of the lab, Dr. George enjoys taking advantage of the nearby Wasatch Mountains. He is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and skier.

 


Clinical Team

Jeffrey Rosenbluth, MD

 

Jeff Rosenbluth is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury Acute Rehabilitation program at the University of Utah. He is also the founder of Tetradapt, a company that manufactures adaptive sports equipment. Dr. Rosenbluth works closely with the NeuroRobotics Lab to help design, validate, and translate new assistive and rehabilitative devices for spinal-cord-injury patients.

Steven Edgley, MD

 

Steven Edgley is an Associate Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Utah. He also serves as the Director of Stroke Rehabilitation at the University of Utah. He works closely with the NeuroRobotics Lab to help design, validate, and translate new bionic devices for stroke rehabilitation.


Research Associates / Postdocs

Tyler S. Davis, MD, PhD

 

Tyler S. Davis received his MD and PhD from the University of Utah. He has been key personnel on a variety of neural engineering projects to date: including Utah Array implanted in primate visual cortex to restore vision, Utah Slanted Electrode Arrays implanted in human arm nerves to restore sensorimotor function, and ECoG grids on the surface of human brains to localize seizure foci. Within the NeuroRobotics Lab, Dr. Davis is leading the software development for a variety of research projects. Outside of the lab, Dr. Davis can often be found running and rock climbing.


Graduate Students

Marshall Trout

 

Marshall Trout (marshall.trout@utah.edu) is a PhD student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department. He received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines and his M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a focus in Intelligent Systems from Clemson University. Within the NeuroRobotics Lab, he is working on developing self-aware bionic hands and working to develop and optimize a novel form of functional electrical stimulation for assisting and rehabilitating stroke and spinal-cord-injury patients. Marshall describes himself as "solar-powered" - outside of the lab he spends most of his time enjoying the outdoors.

Caleb Thomson

 

Caleb Thomson (caleb.j.thomson@utah.edu) is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student. He graduated from Utah State University with a BS in Biological Engineering with a Computer Science Minor. In his undergrad, he participated in research in tissue engineering and nano bio photonics. He also has experience working in industry for a chemical company. His research interests include adaptive EMG control algorithms for upper-limb prostheses and orthoses, and rehabilitation engineering. Outside of the lab, Caleb enjoys being active, playing basketball, hiking or biking, and playing music.

Connor Olsen

 

Connor Olsen (connor.olsen@utah.edu) is an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. student. He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University and worked as a civilian engineer at Hill Air Force Base on F-16 flight simulators before coming to the University of Utah. His research interests include autonomous robotic systems for improving the dexterity of upper-limb prostheses and orthoses. Outside of the lab, he enjoys cooking, swimming, painting, reading, and playing board games with his wife and family.

Monika Buczak

 

Monika Buczak (monika.buczak@utah.edu) is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student. She completed her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Lehigh University, focusing in electronics for medical devices and researching epilepsy after traumatic brain injury. Before coming to the University of Utah, she was the R&D project manager at an orthopedic spine company. In her personal time, Monika enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, reading, and cooking.

Michael Adkins

 

Michael Adkins (Michael.Adkins@hsc.utah.edu) is an M.D./Ph.D. student studying Electrical and Computer Engineering. He graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and minor in Chemistry from The University of Utah. Michael is passionate about bench to bedside research and entrepreneurship and has filed patents for his previous medical device work. His research interests include developing upper limb robotic systems for the rehabilitation and assistance of stroke patients as well as the development of adaptive control systems. Outside of the lab, Michael enjoys videogames, cooking, photography, and listening to jazz music.

Dani Lopez

 

Dani Lopez (u1369150@utah.edu) is a Neuroscience Ph.D. student. She graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from The Ohio State University before coming to the University of Utah. Within the NeuroRobotics Lab, she is working on improving motor-symptom diagnostics with sEMG technology. Outside of the lab, she enjoys figure skating, reading, drawing, spending time outside, and playing with her two cats.

Bret Mecham

 

Bret Mecham is an MS Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Utah. He graduated with a B.S. in Biophysics from Brigham Young University and participated in research of antibacterial materials for biomedical implants. His current research interests include neural feature generation, neural decoding for predicting motor intent, and medical device control. Outside of the lab, he enjoys chess, music, socializing, and cats.


Undergraduates

Abby Citterman

 

Abby Citterman is an undergraduate pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and working towards a career in Orthotics and Prosthetics. She is currently leading the development and validation of a novel, non-invasive form of sensory feedback for amputees. She has also played an integral role in the development of an adaptable, low-cost prosthetic socket that can be used to rapidly test new devices on any upper-limb amputee. Abby is an exceptional artist and enjoys painting and playing music.

Rebecca Urban

 

Rebecca Urban is an undergraduate pre-medicine, Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Utah. Her interest in neuroscience and its impact on human physiology motivated her to join Dr. George’s NeuroRobotics Lab, where she currently focuses on the discriminability of electrocutaneous feedback. Other than school and research, Rebecca enjoys the outdoors, friends and all things French.

Jared Zollinger

 

Jared is an undergraduate in the Biomedical Engineering department. He is currently developing an extensive interface for a low-cost control system for myoelectric prostheses. He has also been involved in the development of several low-cost electromyographic recording sleeves. Outside of the lab, Jared enjoys mountain biking and skiing!

Abby Harrison

 

Abby Harrison is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently exploring the discriminability of two different forms of non-invasive sensory feedback - transcutaneous nerve stimulation and electrocutaneous nerve stimulation. She has also played a role in the design and development of several low-cost electromyographic recording sleeves. As former sponsored skier, Abby enjoys skiing and playing guitar.

Gabriel Santana

 

Gabe Santana is an undergraduate researcher currently pursuing his B.S. in Electrical Engineering. Within the lab, he is leading the development of new approaches to augmenting electromyographic data to improve the performance of deep-learning algorithms for decoding motor intent. Outside of the lab, Gabe enjoys biking and kayaking.

Carlee Hardy

 

Carlee Hardy is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently working on soft grip prosthetic finger tips. In her free time she enjoys fishing, flying airplanes, and hanging out with friends.

Jérémi Godbout

 

Jérémi is a third year Biomedical engineering International Student from Canada. His research focuses on developing a Vibro-tactile sensory feedback device for adaptive sports, such as the tetra-ski! His Favorite past-time is to ski and binge watch TV shows.

Nathan Wallace

 

Caden Hamrick

 

Cassandra Burdick

 

Kaysen Hansen

 


High-School Students

Madison Dowd

 

Madison Dowd is an intern in the NeuroRobotics lab, and plans to pursue a B.S. in Computer Engineering once she graduates High School. In her research, she focuses on injury rehabilitation and enhancing dexterity of prosthetics. When she's not in the lab she enjoys working in the theater, playing guitar, and baking.

Aaron Wang

 

Aaron Wang is an incoming high school senior at Skyline High School. He is interested in applications of computer science in engineering, and also enjoys doing math and programming. Outside of school, he enjoys playing basketball and chess.

Affiliated Students

Troy Tully

 

Troy Tully is a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering department working with Dr. Clark. His efforts in the NeuroRobotics lab involve the development of new training approaches for neuroprostheses. As a former member of the US Ski Team, Troy can often be found skiing outside of the lab.

Eric Stone

 

Eric Stone is a PhD student in the Biomedical Engineering department working with Dr. Clark. His efforts in the NeuroRobotics Lab involve measuring compensatory strategies performed by amputees when prosthetic control is limited. Outside of the lab, Eric enjoys spending time with his wife.

Zachary Hillman

 

Zachary is an employee of BIOS in charge of machine learning development. He is currently doing joint research with the NeuroRobotics Lab to better prosthetic control using neural signals from invasive devices. He enjoys spending his free time reading and doing sports such as running, swimming or bouldering.


Collaborators

Tommaso Lenzi, PhD

 

Tommaso Lenzi is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Utah. His Bionic Engineering Lab works closely with the NeuroRobotics Lab to develop adaptive neural control of advanced lower-limb prostheses and exoskeletons.

Gregory Clark, PhD

 

Greg Clark is an Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Utah. The Utah NeuroRobotics Lab works closely with Dr. Clark to develop closed-loop neuroprostheses utilizing electrodes implanted into the residual arm nerves and muscles.

David Warren, PhD

 

David Warren is an Research Associate Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at the University of Utah. The Utah NeuroRobotics Lab works closely with Dr. Warren to develop approaches to sharing control between autonomous prostheses and human intent.

Jacob Segil, PhD

 

Jacob Segil is a Senior Instructor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He works closely with the Utah NeuroRobotics Lab to develop novel sensor technologies and control algorithms for autonomous prostheses and orthoses.

Mark Brinton, PhD

 

Mark Brinton is an Assistant Professor in Engineering at Elizabethtown College. The Utah NeuroRobotics Lab works closely with Dr. Brinton to develop and characterize new forms of non-invasive electrical sensory feedback.

Chris Duncan, MD

 

Chris Duncan is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Utah. He previously served as the NeuroRobotics Lab's clinical lead and was heavily involved in both engineering design and clinical recruitment. Chris has since left the University of Utah, but retains an adjunct appointment and continues to support and advance our research.


Alumni

Shaila Collins

Shaila worked in the NeuroRobtoics Lab from Summer 2021 to Spring 2022 as an MS student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering. During her time in the lab, Shaila led an investigation into how hand kinematics change and recovery after neuromuscular impairments. Her work involved tracking hand kinematics as individuals grasped various objects. The system she developed for tracking hand kinematics is still widely used by the lab today.

Princess Tara Zamani

Tara is currently running her own consultant business that supports video-game companies. Tara worked in the NeuroRobotics Lab in Spring 2022 while finishing her Computer Engineering MS. Within the  lab, Tara led the exploration to find an optimal feature generation method for peripheral nerve interfaces to help guide the development of dexterous neuroprostheses. This pioneering work led to a long-standing collaboration with the startup company Biological Input/Output Systems as well as the basis for several research grants.

Brandon Baum

Brandon is currently an intern at BioMérieux. Brandon worked in the NeuroRobotics Lab from Summer 2021 to Spring 2022 while completing his MS in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis on robotics. Brandon developed the first iteration of an instrumented hand-held object to quantify hand dexterity that is now widely used in the lab. The device logs various forces during hand dexterity tasks which can be used to test sensorimotor function. Brandon's work has been leverage in dozens of projects since. During his time in the lab, Brandon achieve one co-author presentation and one co-author manuscript.

Aidan Lethaby

Aidan Lethaby is currently a software engineer at Garmin. Aidan worked in the NeuroRobotics Lab from January 2020 to May 2022 while completing his Honor's B.S in Computer Science. Aidan's honors thesis highlights the development of an intuitive low-cost control system for assistive technology. He began by continuing work started by alumni Sri Radhakrishnan to create a low-cost and portable system system for advanced myoelectric control of prostheses. Aidan integrated the control system with various prosthetic hands and validated it's use in real-time. He then extended the applications of the low-cost control system to be used with other assistive technologies - kick starting our lab's collaborations with the TRAILS foundation and Tetradapt to bring intuitive myoelectric control to adaptive sports. During his time in the lab, Aidan achieved two first-author presentations and three research fellowship. Aidan was the first undergraduate in the lab to be selected as a Parent Fund Scholar.

Taylor Hansen

Taylor Hansen is now a data scientist at (Google) Verily Lifesciences. Taylor worked as an affiliate to the NeuroRobotics Lab while pursuing his PhD student in Biomedical Engineering under collaborator Dr. David Warren. Taylor lead the development and validation of an intelligent prosthesis capable of dexterously manipulating objects autonomously. He also spearheaded the lab's research in myoelectric control for spinal-cord-injury patients. Beyond his research contributions, Taylor also played a key role in mentoring some of the earliest graduate students in the NeuroRobotics Lab. The NeuroRobotics Lab would certainly not be what it is today if it were not for Taylor's early and key contributions.

Allison (Ruby) Law

Ruby is currently an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering at the University of Arizona. Ruby worked as a high-school intern in the NeuroRobotics lab from Summer 2021 to Spring 2022. Ruby lead the development of a four-degree-of-freedom 3D-printed hand exoskeleton to assist and rehabilitate stroke patients. This work that Ruby kickstarted has since evolved into a larger lab project that several students are now working on together.

Elaine Wong

Elaine Wong is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Utah working on her B.S. in Electrical Engineering. During her time in the lab, Elaine helped develop a miniature, low-cost, wireless myoelectric sensor that can be used to provide thought-based control of smart IoT devices. Elaine received two undergraduate fellowships for her work on this project. Elaine's research culminated with a working prototype capable of wirelessly sending 8 channels of electromyography in real-time. This tiny sensor has since served as the basis for two new research grants in the lab!

Michael Paskett

Michael Paskett is currently a research scientist at Meta (Facebook) Reality Labs. Michael was an affiliate and close collaborators of the NeuroRobotics lab from August 2017 to January 2022 while he was working on his PhD in Biomedical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Greg Clark. As a member of Center for Neural Interfaces, Michael played in integral role in developing various technologies currently being utilized in our NeuroRobotics Lab. Three notable contributions we now use regularly are: 1) a bypass socket that allows healthy individuals to control and test myoelectric prostheses, 2) a method for quantifying cognitive load associated with prosthetic control & feedback strategies, and 3) an integrated device for vibrotactile feedback of robotic devices. Michaels new role at Facebook Reality Labs coincided with the Utah NeuroRobotics Lab receiving a $150,000 grant from Facebook Reality Labs to ensure neural interfaces for controlling virtual and augmented reality are inclusive to all users.

Matthew Ludlow

Matt Ludlow was an high-school intern in the NeuroRobotics Lab during the summer of 2021. During his time in the lab, Matt helped design and motorize a hand exoskeleton for stroke patient rehabilitation. He played a critical role in revamping the 3D-printing pipeline in the lab, and contributed mechanical designs to a variety of different projects. During his time in the lab he achieved one co-author poster presentation.

Kennedy Powell

Kennedy is currently pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Kennedy worked in the NeuroRobotics lab from October 2020 to October 2021 while also completing on the University of Utah track team. During her time in the lab, she helped develop a supernumerary robotic finger to enhance human dexterity. She played a key role in the mechanical design of the supernumerary digit and lead the development of a small embedded systems for controlling the digit in real-time.

Adrian Porras

Adrian Porras is currently a Biomedical Engineering PhD student at the University of Michigan. Adrian worked in the NeuroRobotics lab from October 2020 to August 2021 while pursuing his B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. He led the development of a supernumerary robotic finger to enhance human dexterity. He also served as the lead mechanical designer in the lab and helped designed and build various research platform including bypass sockets, 3D-printed hands, experimental stages and housing for stimulation devices.

Dillon Cryster

Dillon Crytser is currently pursuing dual B.S. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University. Dillon worked in the lab during the summer of 2021 as a part of the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research. He led the development of an actuated power grasp and actuated wrist flexion/extension exoskeleton that can be used alongside clinical exoskeletons to improve patients' dexterity. Dillon's work helped establish new research directions in the lab and strengthened industry connections with clinical exoskeleton companies like Myomo.

Wyatt Fullmer

Wyatt Fullmer is now an undergraduate at Southern Utah University studying Exercise Science. Wyatt worked with the NeuroRobotics Lab during the summer of 2021 as a part of the Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience, Wyatt led the development of a new non-invasive brain-computer interface that uses conductive thread embedded into clothing to record an individuals motor intent and monitor their fitness. His work marked the first lower-limb application from the NeuroRobotics lab and served as the grounds for several new exciting research collaborations.

Spencer Iverson

Spencer Iverson is now employed at Icon Health & Fitness. Spencer worked with the NeuroRobotics Lab from 2018 to 2021 while he was pursuing his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Spencer pioneered the tech behind two new devices in the lab: A tiny low-cost 8-channel EMG chip, and an Arduino-based high-voltage transcutaneous stimulator for sensory feedback and animating limbs. During his time in the lab he achieved two co-author abstracts, one first-author abstract, two competitive research fellowships, and two competitive research awards!

Troy Tully

Troy Tully is now pursuing his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Troy worked with Dr. George from 2019 to 2020 while he was pursuing his B.S. in Computer Science at Westminster College. Troy integrated low-cost motion capture technology into the lab and lead the development of a new training paradigm for neuroprostheses. As an undergraduate Troy achieved two first-author abstracts and two co-author manuscripts!

Sri Radhakrishnan

Sri Radhakrishnan is now pursuing his MD at the University of Utah. Sri worked with Dr. George from 2017 to 2020 while he was pursuing his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Sri lead the development of a new low-cost control system for advanced myoelectric prostheses. As an undergraduate Sri achieved one co-author abstract, three first-author abstracts, two competitive research fellowships, two competitive research awards, and one co-author manuscript!

Paul Colgan

Paul Colgan is now an R&D engineering at Scientia Vascular. Paul worked with Dr. George from 2017 to 2020 while he was pursuing his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Paul developed two new technologies for the lab: 1) a motion-tracking data glove for recording hand kinematics, and 2) an embedded electrode pad for non-invasive electrocutaneous stimulation. Paul also helped establish a pipeline in the NeuroRobotics lab for recruiting healthy individuals to serve as pilot volunteers for new neurorobotic technology. As an undergraduate Paul achieved two co-author abstracts, one first-author abstract, two competitive research fellowships, and two co-author manuscripts!

Nathan Olsen

Nathan Olsen is now pursuing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah with support from the highly prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Nathan worked with Dr. George from 2016 to 2020 while he was pursuing his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Nathan lead the development of a novel 3D-printed, lightweight, inexpensive and adaptive prosthetic wrist. Through this project he created pipelines in the lab for rapid 3D-printing prototyping, serial communication, servo motor evaluation, and the hand dexterity test known as the clothespin relocation task. As an undergraduate Nathan achieved one co-author abstracts, two first-author abstract, two competitive research fellowships, and one competitive research award, one co-author manuscript, and one first-author manuscript!

Anna Neibling-Harding

Anna Neibling-Harding is now pursuing her MD at the University of Utah. Anna worked with Dr. George from 2016 to 2019 while she was pursuing her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. As a part of her Honors Thesis, Anna developed a new low-cost and non-invasive form of recording high-density electromyography from the surface of the skin. These "EMG Sleeves" have now become a staple in the NeuroRobotics lab and are used in a variety of different applications. After developing and validating these sleeves, Anna quantified their performance, optimized the number and placement of electrodes, and created a novel way to ensure sub-centimeter precision when donning and doffing the sleeves. Anna also played a major role in quantifying impact of invasive neural stimulation of electrode degradation and phantom pain reduction. As an undergraduate Anna achieved five co-author abstracts, one first-author abstract, two competitive research fellowships, two competitive research awards, and one co-author manuscript!

Garrison Colvin

Garrison Colvin is now pursuing medical school at Washington State University. Garrison worked with Dr. George and Dr. Brinton from 2016 to 2018 while he was pursuing his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Utah. Garrison lead the development of a low-cost and portable system for high-voltage stimulation. This technology is now widely used in the NeuroRobotics Lab for electrocutaneous sensory feedback, transcutaneous sensory feedback, and transcutaneous functional nerve stimulation. As an undergraduate Garrison achieved one co-author abstract, two competitive research fellowships, and one co-author manuscript!