Valentina joined the lab under a joined interdisciplinary team led by a neonatal specialist, a linguists, and two biomedical engineers to explore the benefits if bilingualism in children born prematurely. The team used fNIRS to look at the neural recruitment of executive function in monolingual and bilingual children. She is now conducting her own research to identify if there are differences in how monolinguals, bilinguals and heritage language speakers perform when asked to engage in tasks that require executive functioning. She is exploring whether there are differences in the neural recruitment of executive function across these three groups using fNIRS. She is excited to be joining the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory and learn more about how the team is engineering solutions to neurological diseases.
Luis Herran is currently a junior at Florida International University's Honors College where he is majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Luis has always been interested in neuroscience research and medicine which is why he plans to pursue an MD/PhD upon graduating with his B.S in Biomedical Engineering. Throughout his time as an undergraduate at FIU he has been dedicated to volunteering for causes in which he is able to change or improve the lives of others whether it be internationally or in his local community. Through the ANS lab he seeks to gain the knowledge and research experience to eventually conduct investigations within the field of neurosurgery which is where he plans to specialize in the future.
Francesca Riccio-Ackerman is a biomedical engineering and aspiring medical student studying at the Honors College in Florida International University. She holds a longstanding interest in human developmental neuroscience and in its integration into the mechanics of prostheses. At FIU, Francesca has explored these interests by founding the Honors College cognitive science club, Ghost in the Machine and has since served as President and Vice President in the organization. As a rising junior, Francesca plans to additionally immerse in these topics via research. She is excited to begin working in the Adaptive Neural Systems Laboratory as part of ARCH, the Honors College Research program. At the graduate and professional level, Francesca hopes to study neonatal and pediatric neuroscience, culminating in a surgical practice utilizing her previous research and education.
Juan is a senior at FIU graduating in 2018 with an Electrical Engineering degree. He is hoping to learn as much as he can from the Adaptive Neural Systems Lab, as well as discover new, interesting methods of developing prosthetics that will help others build on the research done today. His main goals are to eventually help physically disabled people with the technology that is introduced as a result of the research and to improve the technology that is already available. He is excited to be working on a team of such knowledgeable people who can help him further his understanding of research in neural networks.
Daniella Rojas is a Biomedical engineering senior graduating Summer 2018 from Florida International University. Daniella was granted a research trainee position in the Adaptive Neural Systems Lab through the Coulter Undergraduate Research Excellence (CURE) program. She contributes by designing and manufacturing hardware that would be used for human experiments to test systems that provide sensory feedback to amputees. Her career interest including project planning, design and development of medical devices, and most importantly all aspects of prosthetic technology.
Catarina is a sophomore majoring in psychology on the pre-med track. She has been involved in the lab, working on the CENAVEX project since her junior year of high school in 2014. Throughout her years as an undergraduate student, she has maintained leadership positions in a non-profit corporation, Phi Mu Fraternity's Theta Gamma chapter, S.H.A.R.P., and the Student Government Association. Catarina plans on remaining involved in the lab throughout her undergraduate experience, and looks forward to learning, and helping to make a difference in the scientific community.