PMRF Lab Director; Principal Investigator

Jacob G. McPherson, PhD

  • Assistant Professor | Program in Physical Therapy and Dept. of Anesthesiology; Washington University School of Medicine. 
    • Faculty | Washington University Pain Center and Program in Neurosciences
    • Affiliate Faculty | Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship | Physical Therapy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship | Physiology and Biophysics; University of Washington School of Medicine (Seattle)
  • PhD | Biomedical Engineering; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering
  • MS | Biomedical Engineering; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering
  • BS | Biomedical Engineering, Applied Sciences; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Post-doctoral Fellows

Currently recruiting post-doctoral fellows! Candidates should have a PhD (or equivalent doctoral-level degree) in Biomedical Engineering, Neuroscience, or a closely related field, or an MD. Expertise in any of the following areas is highly desirable: animal electrophysiology (in vivo or in vitro); animal behavioral neurophysiology; experience with humans or animals with spinal cord injury, stroke, or neuropathic pain; analysis of biophysical signals (e.g., neural/spike, EMG, ECoG, ENG); Matlab programming; data acquisition and instrumentation.

Research Scientists and Technicians

Jefferson Gomes. Jeff began his career at WUSM, working as a scientist in the department of Cell Biology and Physiology before moving to Texas and ultimately to Miami. In 2021, Jeff returned to WUSM to take a lead role in the PMRF Lab, where he is a scientist and lab manager. Jeff has broad expertise in animal neurosurgery and histology, including spinal cord injury models. 

Students

Maria Bandres, BS; PhD student (Biomedical Engineering). Maria received her Bachelor’s degree in Materials Engineering from Simon Bolivar University (Caracas, Venezuela) in June 2015. Maria joined the PMRF Lab in Spring 2018, where she uses in vivo electrophysiology and neural-computer interfaces to develop intraspinal stimulation approaches that simultaneously restore motor and sensory function after spinal cord injury.

Alumni

  • Megan Buchanan, BS graduate student in Biomedical Engineering; FIU and WashU 2018-2021
  • Lloraine Campos, MS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2018-2019 
  • Valentina Melero, BS in Biomedical Engineering and Coulter Undergraduate Research Excellence (CURE) fellow; FIU 2015-2019
  • Behdad Tahayori, PT, PhD; post-doctoral fellow; FIU 2017-2018
  • Vivian Soliz, MS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2016-2018
  • Luis Barreto, MS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2017
  • Nathalie Brossard, MS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2017
  • Alexander Copa, MS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2017
  • Daniel Duben, MS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2017
  • Rayniel Perez, BS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2017
  • Afra Toma, BS in Biomedical Engineering; FIU 2017
  • Kelly Rojas; FIU undergraduate student and McNair Fellow