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Xiaogang Hu, PhD, Associate 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.


Rinku Roy, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow

Rinku Roy completed her B.Tech. in BME (2010) from West Bengal University of Technology (WBUT), India. She received her M.E in BME (2012) from Jadavpur University (M.E), India. She was awarded Gold-medal in her M.E for securing the highest rank in her department. She received her PhD (2020) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur as an INSPIRE fellow. During her PhD study, she was a visiting research scholar (Sept – Jan 2020) at Newcastle University, UK in a Royal Society funded collaborative project. She joined Dr. Hu’s lab at UNC/NC State in 2021 as a NIDILRR Postdoctoral Fellow co-mentored by Dr. Kamper. Her main research interests include bio-signal processing, neural-machine interface, and control of assistive devices for upper-limb rehabilitation.


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.


Noah Rubin, PhD Student

Noah Rubin received his B.A. (2017) in Biology with an Engineering Emphasis from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He joined the BME PhD program at UNC/NC State in 2018, co-advised by Dr. Helen Huang at BME. His current research interests include sensorimotor integration, biomedical signaling, control systems, and device design. In the long-term, he hopes to improve accessibility to low-cost rehabilitative/assistive technologies.


Feng Xu, PhD Student

Feng Xu received his B.E. (2019) degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, U.K., and a second B.E. (2019) in Telecommunications from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. He is working with Dr. Hu as a BME PhD student at UNC-Chapel Hill since 2019. He is interested in machine learning, robotics, and biomedical signal processing.


Paola Terolli, PhD Student

Paola Terolli received her BS (2020) degree in Mechanical Engineering from New York University with a minor in Biomechanics and Biosystems. She has been a BME PhD student at UNC/NC State since 2021. She is interested in robotics, muscle activation patterns, and in designing rehabilitation devices.



Cameron Schmitt, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Jenevieve Surkin, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Nita Prabhu, Abrams Scholar, BME, UNC

Rohan Krishnan, Abrams Scholar, BME, UNC

Elena Fernandez, Abrams Scholar, BME, UNC


PhD Students

Henry Shin, PhD, Application Engineer, Ripple Neuro

Postdoctoral Fellow

Yang Zheng, PhD, Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong University

Chenyun Dai, PhD, Associate Professor, Fudan University

Undergraduate Researcher

Jason Xie, Abrams Scholar, BME, UNC

Sarah Kubik, Benjamin Franklin Scholar, BME, NCSU

Jeehyun Kim, Abrams Scholar, BME, UNC

Renee Zhang, High School Student, NCSSM

Madeline Smith, High School Student, NCSSM

Ryan Chen, Abrams Scholar, BME, UNC

Kristyna Herman, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Bilal Mahmood, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Ellie Wilson, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Leonel Jimenez, High School Student, NCSSM

Graham Whitehouse, Abrams Scholar, Undergraduate Student, BME, NCSU

Alexandra Yanoschak, Undergraduate Student, Research Engineer, Teledyne

Ciku Makumi, Abrams Scholar, Undergraduate Student, BME, NCSU

Marwan Hawari, Abrams Scholar, Research Assistant, NIH

Ausvin Khanna, Abrams Scholar, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Sydney Cheek, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Kayla Thompson, Undergraduate Student, BME, UNC

Lauren Stinson, Undergraduate Student, BME, NCSU

Guijin Li, Research Assistant, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Emily Fawcett, PhD Student, BME, NCSU

Zach Watkins, Abrams Scholar, MD/PhD Student, University of Cincinnati

Bradley Davis,  Abrams Scholar, Undergraduate Student, BME, NCSU