Primary Faculty

Primary Faculty

  • Giorgio Ascoli

    Professor Bioengineering College of Engineering and Computing  

    Giorgio A. Ascoli has dedicated his career to advancements in biochemistry and neuroscience since he received a PhD from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, Italy, and continued his research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.  Ascoli investigates protein structure and binding in the nervous system. In the long term, he seeks to create large-scale, anatomically plausible neural networks to model entire portions of a mammalian brain, such as the hippocampus. Ascoli’s interests also involve human memory and consciousness.
  • Kim Blackwell

    Professor, Molecular Neuroscience, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study Bioengineering College of Engineering and Computing

    Kim Blackwell joined George Mason University in fall of 1996 in the Computational Sciences Institute. From 2007 through 2016 she was a member of the Molecular Neuroscience Department, and joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2016. She also has been a primary investigator in the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study since 1996.
  • Juan Cebral

    Professor, Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing
     

  • Parag Chitnis

    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, Volgenau  

    Parag Chitnis joined the Department of Bioengineering at George Mason University in Fall of 2014. He also is a Principal Investigator at the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study. The institute, which functions as an independent research facility at Mason, upholds a mission to expand scientific understanding of the mind, the brain, and intelligence by exploring the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and complex adaptive systems.
  • Holger Dannenberg portrait

    Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computing

    Holger Dannenberg's studies in the molecular biomedicine program at the University of Bonn in Bonn, Germany taught him the scientific basis of medicine and provided him with an understanding of disease mechanisms. As a student, his interest in neuroscience and immunology led him to pursue his diploma thesis on studying microglia and their role in Alzheimer’s disease. Dannenberg continued this inquiry in his PhD thesis in Experimental Epileptology and Cognition Research in Bonn, Germany studying neuronal ensembles, neural engrams, and their modulation by acetylcholine in-vivo.
  • Caroline Hoemann

    Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computing  

    Caroline Hoemann (BA, UCSD; PhD, MIT) is a full professor of Bioengineering at George Mason University. Prior to this, she was a professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal, where she spent 15 years directing a federally-funded research program on the role of inflammation in articular cartilage repair.
  • Vasiliki Ikonomidou

    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computing  

    Many neurological diseases are marked by a process of white matter neurodegeneration; that is, a breakdown of specific brain tissue involved in higher-order cognitive function. The global rise of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease is of urgent focus, but better medical diagnostic systems also offer epilepsy and multiple sclerosis patients hope. Since August 2009 Vasiliki Ikonomidou’s research conducted at Mason’s Krasnow Institute for Advanced Studies has been focused on improving MRI technologies to detect this unique and difficult to measure symptom.
  • Eugene Kim

    Assistant Professor Bioengineering College of Engineering and Computing

    Eugene Kim is primarily focused on engineering education and the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically in the areas of active learning and team-based learning. His research interests have been in developing protein-based biomaterials using microbial platforms for the production of strong underwater bioadhesives and biocomposites. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan and PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Nathalia Peixoto

    Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and University Affiliate Faculty, Bioengineering, College of Engineering and Computing

    Nathalia was a technician in electronics and robotics before she decided to go to college. After attending universities in Brazil (Unicamp and USP) and Germany (Stuttgart and Bonn), she was a researcher at Stanford. She still likes to travel and her group collaborates with universities in Israel, Ireland, Peru, and Korea.
  • Shani Ross

    Assistant Professor and Associate Chair Bioengineering College of Engineering and Computing  

    Shani Ross received her bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Howard University in Washington, DC in 2004 and her master's and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering with a bioelectrical concentration from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI, in 2006 and 2013, respectively. Her current research involves studying bladder neurophysiology and working on a closed-loop neuroprosthesis for bladder control. In general, Ross’ research interests are in the areas of neural engineering and neuromodulation.