PEOPLE

Undergraduate Students

Diego AguilarDiego Aguilar

Biomedical Engineering
2014-Present
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Diego Aguilar is an international student from Venezuela pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University. Diego holds an Associates in Art degree in Chemical Engineering. He is especially interested in regenerative medicine and rehabilitation. He is on the biomechanics track. Diego believes that his work in the Adaptive Neural System Laboratory is going to help him gain practical experience in research and engineering, which he will use to achieve his further goals.

Andre-Lorenz T. ChuAndre-Lorenz T. Chu

Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2015-Present
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Andre was born in Tennessee and raised in Naples, Florida. He graduated from Naples High School as rank 9 of his class and is an Eagle Scout. He is currently a sophomore at Florida International University in the honors college pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering. He is currently on the Accelerated BME Master’s track where he will receive his Master’s degree in five years instead of six. Following this track, Andre plans to graduate by 2018 and receive his Master’s degree by 2019. He is hoping that the Adaptive Neural Systems lab will provide him with not only great practical lab experience, but other opportunities as well.

Valentina DargamValentina Dargam

Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2015-Present
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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 HerranLuis Herran

Biomedical Engineering
Summer 2017-Present
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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.

Caitlyn MaylandCaitlyn Mayland

Biomedical Engineering
Year: December 2016-Present
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Caitlyn Myland will be graduating summer 2017 receiving her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests have always been neuroprosthesis and motor control for amputee victims. She sought to gain research experience in Dr. Ranu Jung's ANS lab at FIU, happily announcing that she will be continuing her education at FIU in the Therapeutic and Reparative Neurotechnology Graduate Program to obtain her master and future Ph.D.

Michael MeiMichael Mei

Biomedical Engineering
Year: September 2016-Present
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I am joining the ANS lab because my main interest is in prostheses. I have a passion in helping people and want to better combining technology and the body to replace what people have lost and hope to improve their lives on a daily basis. The ANS lab will give me the experience and the knowledge to better my skills and achieve my goals. Upon graduation, I plan to continue my education to get a master's degree.

Francesca Riccio-AckermanFrancesca Riccio-Ackerman

Biomedical Engineering
Fall 2015
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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 RiverosJuan Riveros

Biomedical Engineering
August 2017-Present
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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.

Catarina ValeCatarina Vale

Psychology
2014-Present
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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.

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