Lab Mission Statement

To address unmet clinical needs in healthcare, build training programs to deepen the integration of engineering and medicine, and accelerate the use of technological solutions to advance the human condition

Research Areas:

  • Biomedical sensors and subsystems including bioMEMS
  • Neural prostheses: cochlear and vestibular
  • Capturing mechanical heart motion: cardiac gating for improving quality in computed tomography

Principal Investigator: Dr. Pamela T. Bhatti

Pamela Bhatti is an Associate Professor and Associate Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine. Dedicated to instilling an entrepreneurial mindset, Pamela has coached over 50 student startup teams and over 30 clinical and translational researcher teams in the National Institutes of Health, I-Corps@NCATS program. In 2016 she co-founded a startup company based on her research in detecting wrong-patient errors in radiology, Camerad Technologies.

Pamela Bhatti received a B.S. in Engineering Science (Bioengineering) from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington in 1993, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2006 with an emphasis on Micro-electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS).

Before completing her Ph.D., she researched the detection of breast cancer with ultrasound imaging at the University of Michigan’s Department of Radiology (1997-1999). Her industry experience includes embedded systems software development at Microware Corporation, Des Moines, IA (1996-1997), local operating network applications development and customer support at Motorola Semiconductor in Austin, TX (1994-1995), and research and fabrication of controlled-release drug delivery systems at Alza Corporation in Palo Alto, CA (1986-1990).

Current Members

Giovanni Calixte: Biomedical Engineering PhD Student

Research Topic: Analysis of neuronal responses to neuromodulation using cell cultures on multi-electrode arrays.


Career Goals: Serve a role in industry, ideally as a project manager

Hobbies: Weight-lifting, ballroom-type dancing, video games



Ressa Reneth Sarreal: Electrical & Computer Engineering PhD Student

Research Topic: Development of silver microcoil array to improve spatial resolution of stimulation in the cochlea


Career Goals: Work in industry to develop quality of life technology for the elderly population

Hobbies: Tae Kwon Do, Taido, tennis, baking, gardening, video games



Shambavi Ganesh: 
Electrical and Computer Engineering MS-PhD Student

Research Topic: Digitization of Electrocardigram (ECG) Signals


Career Goals: To become an independent researcher and contribute to the biomedical sciences, either in Industry or Academia.

Hobbies: Avid reader, violin, basketball, hiking


Previous Members

Sagarika Mukesh, PhD

Hardware Engineer at IBM

Graduated: December 2018


Jingting “Becky” Yao, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Emory University

Graduated: May 2019


Equipment | Hardware and Software

The equipment used for recent research projects are listed below. Hardware equipment listed as “in-lab” are physically located within the BSIL lab space.


  • Cell Incubator
  • Fume Hood (in-lab)
  • Inkjet printer (in-lab)
  • Micromanipulator (in-lab)
  • Microscope (in-lab)
  • Multi-electrode Array (MEA) (in-lab)
  • Multimeter (in-lab)
  • Oscilloscope (in-lab)
  • Signal Generator (in-lab)
  • Aerosol Jet Printer
  • 3D Printer (ABS, PLA, etc.)


  • Ansys HFSS

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