Members

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Jorge Riera Diaz
jrieradi@fiu.edu

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.

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Jihye Bae
jbae@fiu.edu

“My research interests encompass adaptive signal processing, machine learning, and their applications to brain signal analysis. In particular, I investigate techniques for neural signal encoding and decoding with applications to brain machine interfaces.Currently, I am working on representation methods for EEG analysis and source localization.”
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Ph.D Students

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Lakshmini Balachandar
lbala010@fiu.edu

“I am interested in delving into the signaling and regulation of neural pathways in the brain. My current work is on the study of astrocytic networks by optogenetic regulation for the modulation of epilepsy. My interests also include the study of neuroinflammatory disorders, neural tissue engineering, stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine.”

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“My research is on computational neuroscience and the focus is to apply Bayesian Techniques to estimate parameters that represent the electrophysiology of cytomegalic neurons.”


Clinical Research Coordinator

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Susan Connolly
susan.connolly@fiu.edu

“My research is on computational neuroscience and the focus is to apply Bayesian Techniques to estimate parameters that represent the electrophysiology of cytomegalic neurons.”


Masters Students

Abhay Deshmukh Email:adeshmukh04@gmail.com

Abhay Deshmukh
adeshmukh04@gmail.com

“Research at the interface of biology and engineering to address present neurological pathologies particularly epilepsy in children. Integration of techniques such as multichannel EEG recordings, perfusion, histological analysis in rodent models.”

 

 

 

 

Denisse Olarte
dolar001@fiu.edu

“My interest include mathematical modeling to estimate charge among dendrites and techniques in diagnostic imaging. Currently, I am taking courses towards a Masters Degree.”


Undergraduate Students

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Kareem Eusebe
keuse003@fiu.edu

“My interest and role is NMR is geared toward source localization of epileptogenic activity by simultaneous EEG and FMRI recording and analysis”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Charara
achar021@fiu.edu

My name is Andrea Charara, I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University, and plan to be a Medical Doctor in the future. My interests in the research field are very broad because I find the body to be a fascinating and very powerful machine. My past research project involved the analysis of behavioral and cognitive development in the latent period of young Wistar rats with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. I am very much looking forward to my future in research and in the medical field.

 

 

 

 

NMD-LAB Torres

Ralph Torres
rtorr023@fiu.edu

My current research interest lies in using electrophysiology and laser Doppler flowmetry to study the dysfunction of neurovascular coupling in epileptic rats.

 

 

 

 

 

NMD-LAB Torres

Josue Santana
jsant140@fiu.edu

I am currently a senior student in The Honors College at Florida International University. Among my short term goals, I aspire to pursue a Master’s Degree in Neural Engineering. I am truly convinced that individuals with the right resources can make a change for the good of humanity as long as their commitment to do their best every day stays strong within themselves. Within the Neuronal Mass Dynamics Laboratory, my research interests are toward the developing of mathematical models to obtain a better understanding of the functioning of the different ion channels present on astrocytes. Currently, I am working on the developing of a mathematical model, by means of computer software, in order to be able to understand the role of channelrhodopsin-2 in the calcium signaling existing in astrocytic cells.

 

 

 

 

 

Garcia NMD-Lab

Sarahy Garcia
sgarc067@fiu.edu

“Hi, my name is Sarahy Garcia and I am currently an undergraduate Biology major in my Senior year of college. I am very interested in neuroscience and pediatrics, and is one of the main reasons why I decided to join the NMD lab which focuses on epilepsy.  I will be working with Dr. Riera in a study which aims to record calcium signaling in astrocytes of epileptic rats and which could potentially help in the development of new epilepsy treatments.”

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“My name is Adrian Orozco and I am currently interested in pursuing a doctoral degree. I am interested in researching the mechanisms of calcium exchange in astrocytic cells through the process of optogenetics.”

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Yisel Frometa
yfrom002@fiu.edu

“My research interest are in the neuroscience field. I have always been fascinated in  discovering the why and how behind the way neurons, glia and associated cells work to make of the nervous system such an important part of our bodies. Brain disorders like epilepsy are of special interest to me. Today’s medicine provides us with tools to detect epilepsy as for example: EEG and MRI, yet these tools have some limitations. Expansion and refinement of these techniques will be the focus of my research” CV 

 

 

 

 

 

NMD-LAB Torres

Celine Wassaf
cwass001@fiu.edu

“I am a student at Florida International University pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. In my research project, I will be collecting and analyzing EEG recordings to study the behavior of autistic children when exposed to different virtual faces.”

 

 

 


Alumni

Maria Pena Email:mpena006@fiu.edu

Maria Pena
mpena006@fiu.edu

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Janet Villafranca
jvill208@fiu.edu

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Winnie Daniela Medina wmedina007@fiu.edu

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Anggie Ferrer
aferr028@fiu.edu

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Yinchen Song
ysong006@fiu.edu

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