Lucas C. Parra

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Lucas C. Parra is Herbert Kayser Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in 1996 with research in the area of machine learning under the guidance of Gustavo Deco. Prior to joining CCNY he worked on medical imaging at Siemens Corporate Research (1995-1997) and acoustic signal processing at Sarnoff Corporation (1997-2003).


Yu (Andy) Huang

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Andy received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from CCNY in 2016. His strength is in automated segmentation and current flow modeling in the brain.

Jens Madsen

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Jens is currently working on investigating the connection between attention and education using electro-encephalography.

Ph.D. students

Greg Kronberg (BME)

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Greg currently studies the effects of direct current stimulation on synaptic plasticity with in vitro electrophysiology and computational models.

Samantha Cohen (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience)

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Samantha studies attention and memory in the context of natural stimuli using electro-encephalography.

Forouzan Farahani (BME)

Forouzan works on the effects of direct current stimulation on synaptic plasticity.

Ivan Iotzov (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience)

Ivan is analyzing the EEG responses to naturalistic stimuli in the context of hearing loss and disordered consciousness.

Maximilian Nentwich (BME)

Max works on biomedical image processing and machine learning.

Lukas Hirsch (BME)

Lukas works in computer vision on biomedical images.

Research Assistants

Pawel Gucik

Pawel works on projects concerning attention and education using electro-encephalography and eye tracking.

Administrative staff

Brian Aguilar Avila

Brian runs the day-to-day operation of the lab, supporting the Neural Engineering group. He manages the financial activities of the lab, organizes seminar and meetings, and also maintains IACUC and IRB protocols.


Lab alumni


Agustin Petroni, Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Buenos Aires, 10/2014-9/2015
Simon Henin, Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing, CUNY, 7/2014-8/2015
Stefan Haufe, Ph.D. in CS, Technical University Berlin, 11/2013-5/2014
Jacek Dmochovski, PhD. in Telecommunications, Universite du Quebec, 9/2008-6/2013
Justin Rice, Ph.D. in systems control, Delft University, 9/2010-5/2012
Mads Dyrholm, PhD. In CS, TU Denmark, 12/2005-10/2006

Ph.D. Students

Belen Lafon, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, graduated in 9/2010-9/2016
Yu (Andy) Huang, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, graduated in 9/2010-9/2016
Davide Reato, Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, graduated in 10/2013
Xiang Zhou, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, graduated in 9/2010
Yuzhuo Su, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, graduated in 2010
Christoforou Christoforos, Ph.D., Computer Science, graduated 12/2008

Rotation Ph.D. Students

Evan Owens, City College of New York Graduate Center, 09/2016 - 02/2017