Three new faculty join Pratt’s BME Department

At the start of the fall semester, Pratt’s Department of Biomedical Engineering welcomes three new tenure track faculty members.

Jean-Marc Fellous, previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Salk Institute, became an assistant professor in the BME department and a core member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in September 2004. Fellous earned his Ph.D. in computer science and artificial intelligence at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He research involves a combination of in vitro, in vivo and computational techniques to investigate the mechanisms of short-term memory in the rat hippocampus and active working memory in the prefrontal cortices.

Warren Grill joined BME from Case Western Reserve University as associate professor in July 2004. Grill earned his Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, and brought an active research program on electrical activation of the nervous system that spans computer-simulation to clinical experimentation. Grill serves on the editorial boards of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and Neuromodulation and as a consultant to the Food and Drug Administration’s Neurological Devices Panel.

Kathryn Nightingale became an assistant professor in September 2004. Her research is focused on studying the response of tissue to ultrasonic excitation and she has been developing ultrasound imaging technologies to aid in treatment of breast cancer. Nightingale earned her Ph.D. from Duke in 1997.

“I’m extremely pleased with these three outstanding faculty,” said George Truskey, chair of the BME department. “Drs. Grill and Fellous will strengthen our effort in neuroengineering. They both have exciting computational and experimental research programs. Dr. Nightingale’s expertise in ultrasound imaging has led to innovative technologies for the detection of breast cancer and calcified atherosclerotic plaque.”