Xiaogang Hu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Xiaogang Hu received his BE (2006) in the Department of Precision Instruments and Mechanology at Tsinghua University in Beijing China. He then received a PhD (2011) degree in Kinesiology with a focus on neural control of muscle force, and a minor in Computational Science in the Department of Aerospace Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining UNC/NC State, he was a research scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and research assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University.


    Chenyun Dai, PhD

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Chenyun Dai received the B.S. (2010) degree in electrical engineering from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Nanjing China, and both the M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2016) degrees in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA. He is working with Dr. Hu as a postdoctoral fellow at UNC/NC State. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, stochastic estimation, system identification and modeling, particularly as applied to problems in human rehabilitation.


      Yang Zheng, PhD

      Postdoctoral Fellow

      Yang Zheng received his B.E. (2010) and Ph.D. (2016) degrees both in biomedical engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University in Xi’an China. He is working with Dr. Hu as a postdoctoral fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, brain-computer interface, pattern recognition and device design on hand function assessment & rehabilitation.


        Henry Shin

        PhD Student

        Henry Shin received his BS (2013) and MS (2014) degrees in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a BME PhD student at UNC/NC State since 2016, and is interested in Neuro/Biomechanics, Philosophy of the Mind, and Space exploration.


          Luis Vargas

          PhD Student

          Luis Vargas received his BS (2017) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a BME PhD student at UNC/NC State since 2017, and is specializing in the research field of rehabilitation engineering. He is interested in Neuro/Biomechanics, prosthetic/rehabilitation device design, and psychology.


            Lauren Stinson

            Undergraduate student

            Lauren Stinson is a third year undergraduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at NCSU. Her research interests include prosthetics and rehabilitation engineering. Outside of class Lauren is a member of the Alpha Kappa Chapter of Chi Omega as well as the Society of Women Engineers. In her free time she enjoys being at the beach and spending time with her friends.


              Sydney Cheek

              Undergraduate student

              Sydney Cheek is a junior biomedical engineering major from Greensboro, North Carolina. She hopes to go into industry following graduation. In her free time she teaches Zumba for campus rec and enjoys going on runs.


                Kayla Thompson

                Undergraduate student

                Kayla is a third year undergraduate student at UNC studying Biomedical Engineering. She is interested in research involving rehabilitation engineering, biomedical imaging, and prosthetic development. She hopes to pursue work in industry after graduation. Apart from the classroom, Kayla spends time tutoring children at local schools and participating in intramural sports.


                  Ausvin Khanna

                  Undergraduate student

                  Ausvin Khanna is a second-year undergraduate student at NCSU majoring in Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include neuromechanical signal processing and neuromuscular prosthetics. After graduation, he would like to pursue a masters degree in business engineering. Outside of school, he enjoys participating in FIRST Robotics, exercising and cheering on NC State sports.


                    Graham Whitehouse

                    Undergraduate student

                    Graham Whitehouse is a third-year undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering at NC State University. His research interests include advanced prosthetic development and biomedical signal processing. Graham is also a piano performance minor and participates in various ensembles with Arts NC State. In his free time, Graham enjoys playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, as well as spending time with his dogs.


                      Ryan Chen

                      Undergraduate student

                      Ryan Chen is a second year undergraduate at UNC majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry. His research interests include biomechanics and cell engineering. In his free time, Ryan enjoys doing puzzles, playing violin, and playing ultimate frisbee and table tennis. He is also quite partial to strawberries.



                        Alexandra Yanoschak

                        Undergraduate student

                        Alexandra Yanoschak is a fourth year undergraduate student in the Biomedical Engineering Program at UNC. She is interested in research involving prosthetic development, rehabilitation engineering, and neural-machine interfaces. She hopes to further pursue her interests in industry after graduation. In her free time Alexandra enjoys playing piano, participating in intramural lacrosse, and spending time with her friends and family.


                          Leonel Jimenez

                          High School student

                          Leonel Rangel Jimenez is a rising senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He enjoys exploring ancient Latin to improve his English and Spanish while making use of his Latinx heritage to dance his heart out. Additionally, his passion for food drives him to always expand his palate. Through the Mentorship program at NCSSM, he hopes to explore BME more in-depth and develop research skills.


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