Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome to the Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory!

The mission of the Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory is to advance the state of art of functional biomedical imaging and neuroengineering through engineering innovation which will contribute to basic biomedical research and clinical applications. Research in the lab includes functional biomedical imaging (functional neuroimaging, functional cardiac imaging, and cancer imaging), and neuroengineering (neural interfacing, neural modulation, neural sensing, and neural control). A particular strength of the laboratory is its combined mission of developing advanced engineering technologies for biomedical applications and investigating biomedical systems using the techniques developed in our laboratory. With the state-of-art imaging, modulation, and interfacing systems, the lab is capable of conducting experiments to map electrical activities originating from the brain, heart, muscle, and other organ systems, to characterize and image tissue properties, and to interface human subjects with computers for neurorobotics applications. Click here for more details.


  • Lab research published in Advanced Science demonstrated that network analysis of 10 min resting state intracranial EEG data can enable seizure localization and outcome prediction. 
  • PhD students Rachel Niu and Daniel Suma successfully defended their dissertations on focused ultrasound and BCI. Congratulations Dr. Niu and Dr. Suma!
  • Lab research in focused ultrasound neuromodulation featured by NIH HEAL Initiative. Click here for details. 
  • Lab research funded by a multi-year NIH BRAIN Initiative RF1 grant to investigate neuronal and inter-neuronal interactions using focused ultrasound.
  • Lab ultrasound research featured by NIH NIBIB to hit neurons.
  • Rui awarded 2021 CMLH Fellowship in Digital Health
  • Lab focused ultrasound research featured by Nature Communications Editors as one of the 50 best papers in the area of “From Brain to Behaviour”. Read the Details
  • Abbas won the Strick Prize - Outstanding Postdoctoral Paper Award - from the Neuroscience InstituteRead the Paper
  • Lab research published in Nature Communications demonstrated that transcranial focused ultrasound has cell type selectivity in targeting and stimulating sub-population of neurons. Read the Details
  • Lab research published in PNAS which discovered a novel biomarker of high frequency oscillations riding spikes to delineate epileptic tissue. Read the Details
  • Dr. He featured by AcademicInfluence as a top influential engineer. 
  • Daniel received the College of Engineering Presidential Fellowship.
  • Abbas won the 2020 Biomedical Engineering Postdoctoral Research Award
  • Daniel awarded a F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from NIH for his work in noninvasive Brain-Computer Interface.
  • Lab published in Nature Communications in developing a novel electromagnetic source imaging technology to accurately localize and image source extent and validating in partial epilepsy patients. Read the Details
  • Lab published in Science Robotics in developing mind-controlled technology for noninvasive, continuous control of robotic arm. Read the details.
  • Lab succeeds in mind control of a flying robot using noninvasive brainwaves. Work featured by Nature, New York Times, BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, Scientific American, US News, among others. Watch the video.