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Lab Members

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Khalil Ramadi, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Prof. Ramadi is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and Radiology, and Director of the Laboratory for Advanced Neuroengineering and Translational Medicine. His research focuses on developing non-invasive technologies for neuromodulation, towards more effective therapies for neurological, endocrine, and immune disorders. Prior to joining NYU, he was a NIH F32 Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a former director of MIT Hacking Medicine, a group dedicated to enhancing healthcare entrepreneurship, and currently volunteers as the Regional Director for the MENA region. He has been named a TED junior fellow, MIT Sandbox Innovation Fellow, and a Koch Convergence Scholar. He holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology division.


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Hanan Mohamed, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Hanan has a multidisciplinary background that overlaps material science, biomedical & electrical engineering. She has extensive experience in clean room based nanofabrication techniques, material characterization & imaging. Hanan pursued her PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Sensing, Magnetism & Microsystems (SMM) Group at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KSA). Her research focussed on 3D data storage technology using magnetic nanowires. Hanan was selected to present her PhD research in Berlin for the Falling Walls Lab in 2018. Hanan is passionate about innovation & technology transfer and is a mentor at the MIT COVID 19 Challenge Hackathons. 

Contact: hanan.mohammed (at) nyu (dot) edu

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Devjoy Dev

Ph.D. Student / Graduate Research Assistant

Devjoy is a Biomedical Engineering PhD Candidate from the UK at the LANTRN Lab. He has a background that expands across medical device design, biomedical imaging, and space medicine. He is very interested in investigating how the regulation of sleep circuitry in the brain is connected to the GI tract through electrical stimulation techniques. He is also exploring the impactful effects of microgravity on sleep at the cellular level.
Outside of the lab he dedicates time towards the global NGO, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) as the Vice-Lead of the Space Medicine and Life Science (SMLS) division. He is a keen rower, reader, and hackathon partaker, having previously won the MIT Grand Hack and Harvard iGEM BioHackathon. He studied his master’s degree at Imperial College London, UK.

Contact: dd3200 (at) nyu (dot) edu 


Mohamed Elsherif, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Mohamed Elsherif holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics. He completed his Ph.D. degree in optical biosensor at the University of Birmingham, UK, in 2019. Prior to joining the University of New York, Elsherif was assigned as a postdoctoral fellow at Khalifa University. Elsherif's research interest revolves around optogenetics, wearable, and implantable devices for biomedical applications.

Contact: mie8006 (at) nyu (dot) edu

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Yusheng (Jason) Zhang

Ph.D. Student

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Shenzhen, China

Background: BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA MS in Mechanical Engineering (concentration in thermofluids) from Northeastern University in Boston, MA Mainly

Working On: Design, steering, and long-term residency of ingestible electronic devices in the GI tract. Aiming to improve the technology from its current state, reach more consistency, and enable it to be more widely used

Hobbies and Interests outside of School: Running, rock-climbing, hiking, photography, travelling.

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Sadaf Usmani, Ph.D.

Research Associate


Shreya Roy Mahapatra

Ph.D. Student

Shreya is a Biomedical Engineering PhD student from India. She has a background in biotechnology and molecular diagnostics. She is interested in biomedical devices and targeting therapies specifically for women’s reproductive health. She has previously worked in Pharmaceuticals and enjoys the business side of the biotech industry from time to time. Outside the lab she spends her time reading, doing pottery, and making woodworking projects.


Parima (Prim) Phowarasoontorn

Research Assistant

Prim is a recent graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Her interest lies in the innovation in the field of medical technology. With a research focus encompassing 3D-printing, Precision Medicine, and medical devices, Prim's senior capstone project involves the design of a 3D-printed compression ring with electrical stimulation capability to enhance wound healing in colorectal anastomosis surgery.

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Jiya Chaudhary

Undergraduate Student

Jiya is an undergraduate student majoring in General Engineering with a specialisation in Tissue Engineering. She has been in the lab since her very first semester on campus and learns and works on histology. Most of the time, she can be found near the cryostat, sectioning tissues, staining the sections and hanging around the microscope. She is also a part of the Gastric Electrical Stimulation Project. Jiya intends to explore the field of regenerative medicine and improve access and affordability of healthcare technologies in her home country, Nepal. Her heart beats for sustainability, and she has an unconventional mission: capturing records and images of those who are found being harmful to the environment.

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Batool Abedrabbo

Undergraduate Student

Batool is an undergraduate Bioengineering student at NYU Abu Dhabi. She started at LANTRN as part of the Carbon Quantum Dot project, and is now also part of the Drug Delivery project working on ingestible devices and drug formulations to improve bioavailability. She is interested in the translational component of the lab’s research, and hopes to pursue medical school after graduating. She believes health and environment sustainability are connected, and has been convincing her family to collect plastic (…though not for CQDs). She is the BioMedical Engineering Society officer at the chapter at NYUAD, and outside of lab, she loves spending time with family.


Julie Matula

Undergraduate Student

Julie is a Korean-Australian undergrad student majoring in chemistry. She is interested in sustainability as well as the applications of chemistry to help global issues. Aside from playing basketball and volleyball, Julie enjoys coaching basketball, watching movies and eating at new restaurants.

Contact: jem9607 (at) nyu (dot) edu 


Sung-Jean Kang

Undergradute Student

Seung-Jean is an undergraduate bioengineering student from South Korea. She is interested in women's health issues, point-of-care diagnostics in low resource settings, public health in terms of infectious diseases, and Parkinson's disease. Her current plan after completing undergraduate studies is to pursue MD-PhD or PhD in bioengineering. In her free time, she loves to swim, wander around the city, or watch Netflix shows.

Contact: sk8513 (at) nyu (dot) edu 


Shreya Manjrekar

Undergraduate Student

Shreya is an undergraduate student from Princeton, New Jersey majoring in Biomolecular Science. She is currently on the BS/MS track and will also graduate with an MS in Biomedical Engineering. During her semester abroad at Abu Dhabi she worked on a brain catheter project involving fluid mechanics and advanced 3D printing. She is particularly interested in diagnostic and progression tracking biomedical devices and is the Team Lead of the 3D Printed Biodevices VIP Team and NYU. In her free time, she likes to explore new places and spend time with her family and friends.  

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Mahmoud Elbeh

Undergraduate Student

Mahmoud  joined NYU Abu Dhabi after studying pharmacy in Egypt for two years. If he's not studying under the palm trees or in the library cafe, you can probably find him running in Saadiyat streets or the outdoor track. His general focuses are on the interdisciplinary studies of natural sciences and their applicability to the human body and how to tackle different diseases using non-invasive techniques. He is the co-president of the pre-health advisory board, the co-founder of a small start-up that aims to prepare students from public schools in Egypt to apply for schools abroad, and NYU Abu Dhabi's admissions ambassador, and recently, Sufara'a cultural ambassador. After graduation, he plans to attend medical or graduate school.

Contact: mme7543 (at) nyu (dot) edu


Mouath Abd-Daoud

Undergraduate Student

Mouath is a Jordanian bioengineering student at NYU Abu Dhabi. He is interested in the diverse disciplines of bioengineering and its wide-ranging impact on medicine, with a particular passion for applications aimed toward enhancing access to healthcare for underprivileged communities. Outside of the lab, Mouath is a co-founder of Nashid Development Organization, which aims to empower refugees in Jordan by equipping them with invaluable technological skills, which helps create an empowered society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. After graduation, Mouath aims to pursue an MD program.

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Sishir Surjit

Undergraduate Student

Sishir is an undergraduate student from India majoring in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering with an interest in pharmaceuticals and novel biomedical devices. During his semester and summer abroad at Abu Dhabi he worked extensively with the procedures of cryosectioning, tissue staining and is involved in the Gastric Electrical Stimulation Project. His focus is on the development of novel drugs and devices in order to improve current day healthcare significantly through non-invasive procedures. He is the Deputy Head of Purchasing for the General Engineering Department of Tandon and is part of the fluid dynamics team of the Microphysiological Systems VIP. During his free time, Sishir enjoys badminton, swimming and the occasional Pool.

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Kevin Brian 

Undergraduate Student

Undergraduate student at New York University Abu Dhabi, majoring in bioengineering.

My academic journey is sparked by a curiosity for science and medicine, and I'm particularly interested in the intersection of the two with engineering. I am planning to pursue an MD program after my undergraduate studies.


I am currently working on the upcycling of plastic waste and the synthesis and application of carbon quantum dots.


I serve as the Vice President of NeSMAH, which is a student group for pre-medical students, and as a co-coordinator at mMEDCON, which is a student-led organization that aims to attract and empower students in the medical field.


I spend my free time studying anatomical atlases, poetry and novels, and microscopy in my micro-lab.



Leticia Pereira

Lab Manager

Leticia has a background working in basic research as well as pre/clinical trials with stem cells in the areas of neurology and immuno-oncology. Her project is focused on novel cell therapies to improve the motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease. ​


Contact: lp2570 (at) nyu (dot) edu


Mohammed Osama 
Abdelhameed, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Mohammed has extensive experience in organic and inorganic syntheses, material science, and photophysics. His current research focuses on the synthesis of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies while controlling their physical, chemical, and optical properties. Mohammed has previously developed several nanomaterials for biomedical applications such as cellular and subcellular imaging.


Sion Hau

Research Assistant & PPTP Fellow

Sion is a recent graduate from New York University Abu Dhabi where she majored in Biology with a concentration in Brain and Cognitive Science. From her time in NYUAD's iGEM team to sending immune cells to the International Space Station, she has developed a strong interest in the field of bioengineering and hopes to pursue a career in applications-driven biology research. In her free time, Sion enjoys everything from board games to stand up paddle boarding to desert camping or just the latest Netflix show. She has the cutest dog back home in Australia called Spinach. 


Aliha Nisha

Undergraduate Student

Aliha is a bioengineering student from Fiji who is interested in the application of biomaterials, electronics, microbiology and genetic engineering to the medical field. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing or unwinding in a quiet spot with a novel.

Contact: aan440 (at) nyu (dot) edu 


Ahmed El Ashwah

Undergraduate Student

Ahmed is a Mechanical Engineering student from Egypt. His interests include desalination, 3D design, pumps, microfluidics, aerospace, and nuclear power, and his hobbies are swimming, cycling, astronomy, fantasy novels, and ocasionally gaming. ​


Contact: aea493 (at) nyu (dot) edu


Aayush Karna

Undergraduate Student

Aayush is a mechanical engineering student from Nepal with interests in unmanned aerial vehicles, controls, fluid dynamics and 3D designing. In his free time, Aayush enjoys cycling, trekking, and sketching


Contact: ak7717 (at) nyu (dot) edu


Valeria Zhou

Undergraduate Student

Valeria is an undergraduate student from China majoring in neural science along with a minor in electrical engineering. She's interested in applications of neural science, electrical engineering, and bioengineering to the medical fields with a concentration in brain-computer interface. She was awarded Amgen Scholar in 2021 by Tsinghua University. And she plans to pursue a master's/PhD degree in biomedical engineering after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the city and hip hop music.

Contact: zz3294 (at) nyu (dot) edu 


Jesper Holter

Undergraduate Student

Jesper is a bioengineering student from Estonia. He began his studies as a mechanical engineering major, but gradually his interests shifted to include biology and medicine. Currently, his focus is on developing novel, minimally invasive, medical devices which take advantage of the gut-brain axis.

Contact: jh6285 (at) nyu (dot) edu 



Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT


Brigham and Women's Hospital


MIT McGovern Institute for Brain Research


NYU Langone Medical Center

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UAE University


Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi

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