Principal Investigator


Rouzbeh Amini

Hometown: Tehran, Iran/Minneapolis, MN
Hobbies: Hiking and cross-country skiing

Rouzbeh Amini completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in the field of ocular biomechanics and biotransport. He then continued his research work on the mechanics of soft tissue as a postdoctoral trainee at the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Bioengineering.  Rouzbeh Amini has served as an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Akron since August 2013.

Fun fact: Presented my ARVO 2007 poster and got married in the same day!




Graduate Students

Anup Pant

Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal
Hobbies: Soccer, and Formula 1

Anup completed his Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering from Nepal. He joined the lab in 2014 and has since been working in the field of ocular tissue biomechanics, image processing and some experimental heart valve study.

Fun fact: “#WengerIN”










Vineet Thomas

Hometown: Hyderabad, India
Hobbies:  Teaching, composing worship songs, and playing cricket

Vineet holds a bachelor’s from Osmania University (Hyderabad, India) and a master’s in civil engineering from The University of Akron.  Having become thereafter an assistant professor at his alma mater in India Vineet returned Akron for a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.  Current work involves developing a multi-scale framework to analyze the tricuspid valve (TV) biomechanics as well as identify changes in the tissue microstructure under ex-vivo loading conditions.

Fun fact: TBD




Keyvan Amini Khoiy

Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Hobbies: Working out, ping-pong, barbecuing and traveling

Keyvan (Q), earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Sharif University of Technology in 2010. He worked professionally for three years as the design manager at Parseh Intelligent Surgical System Co. In 2014, he joined The University of Akron where he started his PhD in Biomedical Engineering.

Fun fact: Most photogenic member of the lab









Sam Salinas

Hometown: Sheffield Village, OH/Orange, CA
Hobbies: Photography, backpacking, and traveling

After receiving his Bachelor’s in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Sam worked in industry (Brainlab Inc.) for five years as a support specialist for the Oncology division.  He is currently a second year PhD student at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and has done some research in the role of elastin in tricuspid valves.

Fun fact: Claimed by parents at the lost and found in a grocery store at the age of 3





Neda Rashidi

Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, and novel reading

Neda received her Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tehran where she continued her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering in Amirkabir University of Technology. Neda joined our lab in July 2017.

Fun fact: Finished all 10 seasons of  Friends  in 5 days (i.e. loves to binge watch)






Blaise Simplice Talla Nwotchouang

Hometown: Buea, Cameroon.
Hobbies: Singing, traveling, and hiking

Blaise completed his Masters degree in Biomedical engineering at the University of Applied Sciences, Aachen Germany. Joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Akron in 2016 and is currently carrying out In-vivo measurement of brain deformation in patients with Chiari malformation.

Fun fact: Switch to Mac, has no plans of going back





Undergraduate Students


Matthew Wojcik

BS Student in Biomedical Engineering
Currently junior at the Department of Biomedical Engineering











Kelly Haslett

BS Student in Biomedical Engineering
Currently junior at the Department of Biomedical Engineering











Anthony Black

BS Student in Biomedical Engineering
Currently sophomore at the Department of Biomedical Engineering












 Former Students


Lucas Gsellman – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Allie Stanley – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Chidiebere Aninweze – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Taylor Verba  – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Logan Neidert – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Jennifer Bulgrin – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Tyler Schimmoeller – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Thomas Decker – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Ivanna J. Ross – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Evan Littlejohn –  BS Student in Biomedical Engineering

Kole Williams – BS Student in Mechanical Engineering

Stephen Cross – BS Student in Biomedical Engineering