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John Seymour

PI, Assoc. Prof. at UTHealth in Neurosurgery, Adjunct Assoc. Prof at Rice in Electrical & Computer Eng

TBBL is laser focused on the translation of implantable sensory technology in humans including brain-computer interfaces. More broadly, my interests are in the area of advanced neurotechnology for clinical use or neuroscience. My research has addressed topics including reduced tissue reactivity and improved electrical, mechanical, and optical characteristics of bioelectronic devices. I earned my B.S. with Honors in Engineering Physics from (the) Ohio State University and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. My industry experience includes working at Battelle Memorial and later NeuroNexus as a Principal Scientist. My other academic experience includes serving as research faculty in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Outside work and family, I’m trying to improve my mountain biking, fishing, photography, gardening skills. A long way to go!


Amada Abrego Mancilla

Lab Manager, Lab Engineer

I joined the lab in January 2020 as a lab Engineering Assistant. During my Master’s in Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, I studied the vestibular contributions to the navigational circuit at Dora Angelaki and David Dickman’s labs. I also received a Master’s in Bioengineering from Rice University and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Monterrey Tech, Mexico.

When not doing science, I love to bake and pamper my little dog, Luna.

Ankita Bhat

Postdoctoral Fellow

I received my B.E. degree in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from University of Pune, India, in 2013, the M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from UT Arlington and UTSW Medical Center, Arlington, TX, USA, in 2016, and the Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, USA.  My research interests include neuroengineering, biomedical biosensors, biochips, responsive biomaterials, signal processing, and data analytics. I have pursued the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Associate, Practitioner, and Scholar level programs to learn and implement strategies for teaching. I have been the teaching assistant for senior capstone design and the instructional service assistant for bioinstrumentation courses in biomedical engineering.

My non-scientific interests are creative writing, chess, and cricket.

Wasif Khan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hello! I come from Bangladesh, a small and very beautiful green country in Asia, where I completed my BS from Military Institute of Science and Technology in 2011. Later, I got my MS and Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Michigan State University in 2016 and 2020, respectively. As a graduate student, I developed neural interfaces for optogenetic applications. As a postdoc at UTHealth, I am focused on implementing a translational approach for a novel Brain-Computer Interface towards the potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as epilepsy.

I am a huge fan of movies of all languages! In addition, my interest dives deeper into photography, music, and cooking!

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