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Peter Jacobs

Peter G. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering

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Joseph El Youssef

Joseph El Youssef, M.B.B.S.
Assistant Professor Endocrinology

As an endocrinologist trained at OHSU, with a specific interest in managing type 1 diabetes, I have gained a fair amount of experience in diabetes technology.  I have had  interest in mathematics and engineering since I was young, and this has helped to fuel my interest in biomedical engineering. Therefore, working together with the team at OHSU on the artificial pancreas has been a greatly rewarding experience and has allowed me to develop as a research investigator over the last 6 years. I look forward to continuing my work on the artificial pancreas and focusing my efforts on improving the accuracy of control algorithms to help treat type 1 diabetes.

Clara Mosquera-Lopez, Ph.D.

Clara Mosquera-Lopez, Ph.D.
Assistant Staff Scientist

Dr. Mosquera-Lopez received her B.S. in electronics engineering and her M.S. in management of technology from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana at Medellin (Colombia) in 2007 and 2010 respectively. She earned her Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at San Antonio in May 2015. She has research and development experience in a broad spectrum of topics in signal and image processing, estimation theory and machine learning. Particularly, she is interested in developing computer vision systems and data-driven algorithms for healthcare applications including computer-aided diagnosis, automated detection of breathing disorders and personalized diabetes management. She also has experience developing large-scale software in C++ and Python.

Robert Dodier, Ph.D.

Robert Dodier, Ph.D.
Assistant Staff Scientist

Dr. Dodier's research interests include mathematical modeling of engineering problems and statistical analysis, especially Bayesian inference and decision analysis under uncertainty. In Bayesian inference, he has worked on applications to engineering problems, both predictive and diagnostic, and implemented an algorithm for exact and approximate inference.

Gavin Young

Gavin Young, M.S.
Ph.D. Student

I received B.S. degrees in biochemistry and cellular biology and an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arizona. I became interested in healthcare and translational research while studying epigenetic alterations in colorectal cancers as an undergraduate. Before medical school, I worked for a civil engineering firm in Phoenix, Arizona, and am now pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering back home in Portland, Oregon. My current research interests include medical electronics design, machine learning, and computer-aided diagnosis. As a part of the Jacobs Lab, I hope to gain experience building predictive algorithms that help patients better manage their type-1 diabetes. 

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Andrew Nguyen, B.S.
Medical Student

I'm a medical student at OHSU currently in my third year. I graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Human Physiology and am primarily interested in physiological modelling. In the past, I worked at the University of Tokyo doing some motion analysis and muscle physiology projects. I'm currently doing some work quantifying glucose fluxes during exercise.

Joseph Leitschuh, B.S. Bio. E.

Joseph Leitschuh, B.S. Bio. E.
Research Associate

I graduated from Oregon State University in 2010 where I studied bioengineering. I have since worked as an engineer in a couple of different research labs at OHSU, both in the field of systems neuroscience, until starting here in 2015. Over the past few years I've developed an interest in software engineering. The projects we work on give me a chance to apply what I know and continue to build on my programming skills. I also love plants, playing instruments, doing things outdoors and working with my hands. My job is cool because it strikes a nice balance between biology, programming and building things.

Wade Hilts

Wade Hilts, M.S.E.E. 
Senior Research Software Engineer

Wade got his undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics at Tulane University, and later obtained a Master’s degree at Portland State with a focus on Control Theory. He is working on the control algorithms in the Jacobs Lab Artificial Pancreas project. His brother has Type I diabetes, so he has a personal connection to the work. He has hopes to develop a controller that will keep diabetics within a safe blood sugar range and be able to handle a wide variety of unpredictable circumstances.

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Jon Folsom, M.S.E.E.
Research Software Engineer

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Joseph Pinsonault
Research Software Engineer​​​​​​​

Rahul Narayan, PhD student, Jacobs lab

Rahul Narayan

PhD Student

Rahul received his M.S. degrees in Biomedical engineering and Computer Science & Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2014. Since then he has worked in the industry in a few areas within the machine learning domain such as speech recognition, fraud detection, and recommendation algorithms. When he’s not working Rahul likes to dabble in fun robotics projects, run trails and play tennis.

Taisa Kushner, PhD, Postdoctoral CI Fellow, Jacobs Lab

Taisa Kushner, PhD

Postdoctoral CI Fellow

Dr. Kushner earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology and Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 2020, advised by Dr. Sriram Sankaranarayanan. She also holds a MS in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado Boulder and a BA from St. Olaf College where she studied mathematics and art. Her postdoctoral work is funded by a CRA Computing Innovation (CI) Fellowship and is focused broadly on how autonomous medical devices that make critical decisions for patients can be constructed in a manner that is safe, robust and personalized to individual physiology using data-driven approaches.

Eric A. Wan, Ph.D., Portland State University. More about Dr. Wan 

Anindya S. Paul, Ph.D., Portland State University

Jessica Castle, M.D., Department of Endocrinology, OHSU. More about Dr. Castle

Joseph El Youssef, M.B.B.S., Department of Endocrinology at OHSU

Michelle Cameron, M.D., Department of Neurology at OHSU. More about Dr. Cameron

Dawn Konrad-Martin, Ph.D., NCRAR. More about Dr. Konrad-Martin

Chad Hagen, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, OHSU. More about Dr. Hagen

W. Kenneth Ward, M.D., Pacific Diabetes Technologies, Inc. More about Dr. Ward

Kerri M. Winters-Stone, Ph.D., School of Nursing, OHSU. More about Dr. Winters-Stone

Melanie Gillingham, Ph.D., Molecular and Medical Genetics, OHSU. More about Dr. Gillingham

Michael Riddell, Ph.D., York University.

Ahmad Haidar, Ph.D., McGill University.

Nichole Tyler, B.S. Bio. E.
M.D./Ph.D Student

Rohan Ahluwalia
Intern
Rohan is a student at Westview High School and is passionate about researching in the diabetes field.  He has loved working in the lab for the past years developing interesting projects while working on control algorithms during the summers. He has had Type 1 diabetes since he was two years old and is motivated to help those managing the disease. He hopes to develop an algorithm that would control people's blood glucose numbers in a variety of circumstances. 

S. Oganessian
Senior Research Associate

Navid Resalat, M.S.E.E., Ph.D.
I believe that one of the most interesting and exciting jobs is a biomedical engineer, one who manages patients' disorders through technological advancements. For my bachelor program at Azad University, I designed event related potential systems and recorded evoked potentials to detect demyelination. I then designed a brain computer interface using steady state visual evoked potentials for the paralyzed patients allowing them to communicate with their outer environment without any limb movement for my Master's at the University of Tehran. I worked on the artificial pancreas as part of my Ph.D. program in Peter Jacobs's lab. The goal of my research was to make an external device which can regulate the blood glucose in the presence of mild to moderate exercise, given meals. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including swimming, hiking, playing soccer, watching movies and playing piano.

Ravi Reddy, M.S.E.E., Ph.D.
Biographical info: During my masters in electrical engineering at PortlandState University (2007), I worked on a nanomaterial based sensor platform to detect various biological and chemical entities. With this material science and engineering background, I spent the next 7 years working on various chemistry and pharmaceutical projects at Bend Research. I am really interested in the translational aspect of science and medicine to provide better healthcare to patients. Currently I am pursuing ways to improve the glucose control in patients with Type 1 diabetes.

Taha Kahn, Ph.D.
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Cody Hanks, B.S.E.E.
Portland State University Intern

Uma Rajhbeharrysingh M.B.B.S.
Research Associate

Mahesh C. Shastry Ph.D.
Senior Research Associate
Biographical info: I conduct research into developing signal processing and machine learning algorithms for healthcare applications. In particular, my research involves developing information processing and machine learning algorithms for unobtrusive sleep health monitoring, behavioral monitoring for elder care applications and systems for intelligent delivery of insulin. 
My research interests are primarily in the area of signal processing. Thus far, compressive sensing, ill-posed linear inverse problems, numerical optimization and time-frequency analysis have interested me. In the past I have also worked on discrete non-linear dynamical systems. 
I was a research engineer in an industrial research lab, 3M Corporate Research prior to my current position. I earned a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Penn State in 2013. Visit my Google Scholar profile.

Daniel Weidman
Intern/ Student 

Biographical info: I am a senior at Grant High School and an intern at the Jacobs Lab, where my primary focus is a research project investigating the effects of auditory biofeedback on gait. The field of biomedical engineering and associated research is something I find especially interesting and I'm very thankful to be able to explore the subject and build experience with this internship. Outside of OHSU and school, I am a member of the Multnomah Youth Commission and the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance Statewide Youth Action Council.