Principal Investigator

Aysegul Gunduz, PhD

Dr. Ayse (pronounced eye+shea) Gunduz is the Director of the Brain Mapping Laboratory and an Associate Professor at the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research interests include neural interfacing, neural signal processing, neuromodulation, neurological disorders, as well as cortical and deep brain stimulation in human subjects.

Dr. Gunduz earned her BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Middle East Technical University (Ankara, Turkey, 2001), North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, 2003), and University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, 2008), respectively. She received postdoctoral training at Albany Medical College, Department of Neurology, and at the Wadsworth Center, Division of Translational Medicine in Albany, NY. Dr. Gunduz has affiliations with the UF Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC), UF Dept of Neuroscience (IDP), UF Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), and UF Dept of Neurology.

She is the recipient of the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award (2016), International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering Early Career Award (2015), Anita Borg Institute Denice Denton Emerging Leader Award (2017), UF Provost’s Excellence Award for Assistant Professors (2017), UF Pramod P. Khargonekar Junior Faculty Award for Excellence (2018), UF Preeminence Term Professorship (2017-20), UF Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute NIH KL2 Scholarship (2015), and is a Pruitt Family Endowed Faculty Fellow (2017-20) and an IEEE Senior Member.


Edwin Alexander Cerquera Soacha, Ph.D.

Edwin Alexander Cerquera Soacha earned his degree in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Antonio Nariño in Colombia, M.Eng. from Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Ph.D. from Carl von Ossietzky Universitaet Oldenburg in Germany. His research interests are focused on neural and physiological signal processing. For his postdoctoral fellowship, he is currently working on analysis of degenerative brain disorders data towards developing closed-loop deep brain stimulation systems.​ Prior to joining UF, he was associate professor at the School of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering of the Universidad Antonio Nariño in Bogota, Colombia.

Erin Patrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Erin Patrick is a Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She received her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Florida. Dr. Patrick is currently working on computational modeling of electrical stimulation in peripheral nerves and its effect on the dorsal root ganglia.

Graduate Students

Jose Alcantara, PhD Student

Jose Daniel Alcantara Zapata received his bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. After 10 years working in industry and research centers, he decided to continue a graduate career in Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses in developing and applying different technologies during brain injured patients’ rehabilitation.

Jackson Cagle, PhD Candidate

Jackson is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in University of Florida. His research interests are: brain-computer interfaces, closed-loop control systems, and space exploration. He often spends his spare time working on flight software and personal projects with simple Arduino microcontroller. Currently, he is in love with VR technology and is interested in bringing brain-computer interface together with VR technology.

Stephanie Cernera, PhD Candidate

Stephanie is a PhD candidate in the department of Biomedical Engineering.  She earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests include neurological disorders, device development, neural networks and brain-computer interfaces. She enjoys hiking, music festivals and traveling anywhere new.

Robert Eisinger, MD-PhD Candidate

Robert is an MD-PhD student at the University of Florida in the Department of Neuroscience. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include: movement disorders, computational approaches to medicine, big data, and brain computer interfaces. In his spare time, he enjoys developing apps, painting, and traveling abroad.

Sarah Long, PhD Student

Sarah Long is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student with a BS in Biomedical Engineering from University of South Carolina. After 2 years of working in the medical device industry, she decided to pursue a graduate career in Biomedical Engineering. Her research interests include developing translational applications of technologies for patient’s suffering from neurological disorders. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, painting, and traveling.

Brandon Parks, PhD Student

Brandon is an Electrical Engineering PhD student with a B. S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Miami. His research interests include brain-computer interfaces, neural networks, machine learning, and robotics. In his spare time he enjoys reading, and programming.

Enrico Opri, PhD Candidate

Enrico Opri earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico of Milan (Italy) and a double MS Degree between UF and Politecnico (Atlantis CRISP) in Biomedical Engineering. His interests are decision making and neural interfaces. In his spare time he likes to code and work on robotics (while baking cakes or playing his viola).

Undergraduate Students

Marco Emilio Vazquez

Marco Emilio is a second year undergraduate student studying electrical engineering with a minor in computer science. His current research interests include machine-learning, brain-computer interfaces, and prostheticsOn his free time, he enjoys playing the double bass, competing in Taekwondo, and volunteering at animal shelters.


Asraa Ahmad




Benjamin Feldt




Talib Hakim




Courtney Kline




Rene Molina, PhD




Phoebe Nimocks




Nikhil Rajulapati




Jake Rieke




Corinna Peden




Brian Romot




Aniruddh Ravindran, PhD




P. Justin Rossi, PhD




Jonathan Shute, PhD




Huzaifa Wasanwala




Maria van Olphen





Rizwan Bashirullah, PhD

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Peter Brunner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, Albany Medical College, Albany, NY

Jean E. Cibula, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Florida

Janis J. Daly, PhD

Director of Malcolm Randall VA Hospital Brain Rehabilitation Research Center (BRRC)

Kelly D. Foote, MD

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Co-Director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, University of Florida

Chris Hass, PhD

Associate Professor of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, University of Florida

Jack W. Judy, PhD

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director of UF Nanoscale Institute for Medical and Engineering Technologies

Nicholas Maling, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Case Western Reserve University

Michael S. Okun, MD

Professor of Neurology, Co-Director of the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration, University of Florida

Jose C. Principe, PhD

Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Florida

Steven Roper, MD

Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Florida

Gerwin Schalk, PhD

Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center, Albany, NY