James AbbasJames Abbas, Ph.D.

Director Center for Adaptive Neural Systems
Office: (480) 965-9521


James Abbas received his B.S. in bioelectrical engineering from Brown University in Providence, RI and his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He is currently an Associate Professor and is Director of the Center for Adaptive Neural Systems ( in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering at Arizona State University. His research interests are in applications of neural engineering techniques and technology in the area of medical rehabilitation. Current projects include the development and assessment of systems that use electrical stimulation for therapy after spinal cord injury, systems to improve neuromotor control in children with cerebral palsy, systems to restore sensory capabilities to amputees, and techniques to improve sensorimotor function in people with Parkinson’s Disease.

Denis BruntDenis Brunt, Ed.D., PT

Professor and Chair, Physical Therapy, FIU
Office: (305) 348-7652



David GrahamDavid Graham, M.D., MPH

Professor and Chair, Radiology, FIU
Office: (305) 348-6102



Dennis McCarthyDennis McCarthy, Ph.D., OTR/L

Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy, FIU
Office: (305) 348-3105



Jorge MoraJorge Mora, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Family Medicine, FIU
Office: (305) 348-0685



Jorge OrbayJorge Orbay, M.D.

Hand Surgeon, The Hand Institute
Office: (305) 667-8686



Samani Unnata PragyaSamani Unnata Pragya, M.A.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Religious Studies, FIU;

Her areas of interest are Asian Religions, Meditation and Spiritual Development. Samani ji’s current research involves teaching meditation to students with learning disabilities with the intent that meditation will increase performance on cognitive tasks and physiological assessments. She is collaborating with the ANS Lab to add EEG to her research to determine whether changes in cognitive performance are associated with changes in brain activity.

Sylvie RenaudSylvie Renaud, PhD

Head of the Bioelectronics Groups


Sylvie Renaud received the M.Sc. degree in electronic engineering from Supelec, Paris, France, in 1986, the Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, in 1990, and the Research Habilitation (HDR) in 2001. After a postdoctoral stay at Brandeis University, MA, in 1991–1992, she was appointed Assistant Professor and then Professor at ENSEIRB Bordeaux (National Engineering School), where she was is now the Research Board Director . In 1994, she created the Engineering of Neuromorphic Systems Group at IMS-Labs University Bordeaux (CNRS, ENSEIRB), and now heads the Bioelectronics Group with 12 permanent researchers. Her research interests are analog and mixed neuromorphic very-large scale integration (VLSI) systems; real-time hardware simulation platforms of spiking neural networks; hybrid systems interfacing living and artificial neurons; analog application-specific integrated circuits for biological signal conditioning and events detection; active VLSI implants for neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes; and closed-loop living-artificial systems. She has authored and coauthored more than 50 reviewed international articles and communications. Prof Renaud has been a reviewer for IEEE journals and conferences since 1997. She organized Special Sessions and Tutorials in IEEE ISCAS conferences, and is a Conference Committee Member for IEEE BIOCAS 2013.

Jorge RieraJorge Riera, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, FIU
Office: (305) 348-4783


Dr. Jorge Riera obtained a B.S. in Physics at the University of Havana in 1988. During 1995-1998, he was selected as “Junior Associate” of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy), where he completed the required credits for a master degree in biophysics. In 1999, he received the Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Havana with a dissertation entitled, “Brain Electric Tomography: the Solution of EEG/MEG Forward and Inverse Problems based on a New Approach.” Part of his Ph.D. thesis was completed at the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. Dr. Riera’s first postdoctoral term was in the RIKEN Brain Science Institute (Japan), where he developed mathematical methods to study deep brain sources from magnetoencephalography (MEG) single trials. His second postdoctoral term was in Tohoku University (Japan), where he worked on the elucidation of the physiological foundations of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) data. In 2004, he was appointed as associate professor in Tohoku University. Dr. Riera’s main scientific interest is to develop method for the integration of neuroimaging multimodalities based on modeling mesoscopic phenomena in the cerebral cortex. To that end, he focuses attention on the following issues:

  • Signal integration by neurons and astrocytes
  • Micro-circuitries and networks of cells in the cortex
  • The dynamics of neuronal masses and the brain connectivity graphs
  • The biophysics of the neuro-vascular/metabolic coupling
  • The spatiotemporal inverse problems in neuroimaging

Based on neuroimaging methods, Dr. Riera has been working on the conception of novel prosthetic devices and original pharmacological tools to study some brain disorders, like dementias and stroke. He received three awards from the Cuban Academy of Science and Ministry of Education. He completed three patents related to the fusion of different neuroimaging techniques and has 50 per-reviewed papers in related fields. He is currently on a sabbatical term at Florida International University (College of Engineering and Computing).