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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!


Jan Lammel Lindemann

Research Scientist/Engineer

I am a Medical Doctor, graduated from Monterrey Tech, as well as a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Houston Methodist with Monterrey Tech in nuclear receptor signaling, focused on thyroid hormone mymetics receptor effects on cholesterol levels, after a Bachelors in Bioscience also by Monterrey Tech. I have been always very focused on surgery, and also did a postdoctoral stay at the Ohio State University in the Osteo Engineering Lab, mostly on resorbable implants for bone and tissue scaffolding. Also did some computational surgery for Houston Methodist as a postdoctoral fellow. I am getting board certified in the US with hopes to start Gen Surg and eventually moving on to HBP surgery, that has always been my passion. I am a huge fan of the Whipple procedure, and want to advance surgery for non resectable candidates by adding vascular reconstruction and advanced extraperitoneal resection with new pharm therapies to support these procedures. I also have experience in medical device development and in some manufacture areas, as well as different regulatory agencies in different countries. 


I am extremely interested in science, from chemistry to physics, and anything in between, keeping some projects at home such as brewing and also some temperature controlled column-separation in my free time. Avid football fan, baseball and hockey (I formerly played both football and hockey for quite a bit before college). I love the outdoors; camping, fishing, and nature are a passion of mine. I have a good pepper garden that I use to make really hot sauces, and I'm always experimenting but never bother to keep a recipe, most of the times pleasantly surprised. 


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.

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!

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.

Mohammad Ghajar

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research area of interest is wearable and implantable biodevices and flexible bioelectronics. Flexible neural electrodes is a cutting-edge technology that can improve human life significantly. I joined TBBL to generally develop long-term, high-density recording and stimulation electrodes for the treatment of diseases. More specifically, I'm here to extend electrode sensor longevity when implanted. I am excited about to make my impact on human life and play my role in health promotion by relying on my background coming from a wide range of interdisciplinary fields such as mechanical engineering, chemical and material science, robotics and control, and computational modeling with both theoretical and practical perspectives.

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