Principal Investigator

Brian Anthony

– Principal Research Scientist
– Director, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program
– Associate Director, MIT nano
– Co-Director, Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC)
– Group Lead, Device Realization, Computational Instrumentation@MIT
– Mechanical Engineering
– Institute for Medical Engineering & Science (IMES)

Dr. Anthony is the Co-Director of MIT’s Medical Electronic Device Realization Center and Associate Director of MIT.nano. With over 25 years of experience in product realization, Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical and optical engineering, along with computer science and optimization.

He has extensive experience in market-driven technology innovation, product realization, and entrepreneurship and commercialization at the intersection between information technology, design, and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Anthony spent the first part of his career as an entrepreneur. He developed and directed the development of products and solutions for the industrial and scientific video markets. He has been awarded 20 patents, published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, and won an Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for innovations in sports broadcasting.

Administrative Assistant 

Samantha Young

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Research Scientists

Kai Thomenius

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Post Doctoral Fellows

Bruce Shin

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Research Interests: His current research focuses on volumetric ultrasound tomography using full waveform inversion method and computational bio-imaging techniques for low-cost ultrasound elastography. His research interests cover multibody dynamics, robot control, vision and sensor fusion, and ultrasound imaging.

Bio: Bonghun (Bruce) Shin received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in mechanical engineering from Pusan Nation University, South Korea, in 1997 and 2003, respectively. With 13 years industrial experience at OTIS elevator company and Samsung Heavy industries, he designed and developed building equipment like escalator and elevator systems, factory automation for the shipbuilding industry, and large wind turbine systems (2.5MW). In 2010, he immigrated to Canada and received his M.A.Sc. and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical and mechatronic engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2013 and 2017, respectively. In 2018, he has joined Device Realization Computation Instrumentation group in MIT as a postdoctoral fellow.

Graduate Students

Current Students

Judy Beaudoin

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Research Interests: I’m interested in mechanical design, medical devices, and the intersection of clinician and patient-centered design with innovative technologies.  My research focuses on making ultrasound measurements of skin thickness more reliable and repeatable through controlled probe position and pressure, volumetric imaging, and automatic segmentation.

Bio: I’m a second-year master’s student in the mechanical engineering department. I graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Outside of the lab, I enjoy running, rock climbing, skiing, and any excuse to explore outside.

Alex Benjamin

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Research Interests:  3D Ultrasound; SLAM; Inverse Problems; Applied Math; Computational Mechanics.

Bio: Alex Benjamin received his BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University (’15). Following that, he secured his SM in Computation for Design and Optimization and is currently pursuing a joint PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Computational Science and Engineering. His research is focused on developing a novel, non-invasive, diagnostic tool for tracking the onset and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Lauren Chai

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Research Interests: Smart manufacturing

Bio: Lauren Chai is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. She grew up in Jamaica and earned her SB and SM in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. Her current research is the application of acoustic radiation forces for high-throughput non-contact assembly and manufacture of multi-material fibers. Outside of the lab, she enjoys being outside and puzzles especially of the mechanical variety.

Melinda Chen

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Research Interests: Melinda’s research focuses on using ultrasound techniques to monitor and quantify liver health. She works on quantifying the microcirculation in ex vivo livers, which is important for determining donor liver health prior to transplantation. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound techniques are used to observe and analyze blood flow in the liver. She is also developing a method for longitudinal monitoring of patient livers for early identification of liver diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and liver tumors. Because the liver is a soft tissue, there is much difficulty in aligning liver scans taken at different time points. She aims to use the liver vasculature as a stable reference point for aligning liver scans.

Bio: Prior to joining Dr. Brian Anthony’s lab, Melinda received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. She previously conducted research in synthetic biology, where she helped to create tools for elucidating biological pathways at the cellular level. As part of her undergraduate studies, she worked on several design teams to develop medical devices: a flexible and rigid catheter for platinum coil embolization procedures, a 3-patch system for use in cardioversion and defibrillation, and a wearable device for monitoring patients at risk for sudden cardiac arrest. Melinda is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Medical Engineering, Medical Physics as part of the Health Sciences, and Technology (HST) program.

Alex Jaffee

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Research Interests: Medical Ultrasound Imaging, Digital Signal Processing of Biomedical Signals, Biomedical Sensors

Bio: It’s probably fair to say at this point that I either really like MIT or I’m terrible at making life decisions. After completing my undergraduate here in electrical engineering in 2016 and just finishing my M.Eng in EECS in spring 2018, I’m about to begin my Ph.D. research as an EECS student in the MEDRC this coming fall of 2018. I’m originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and lived there until I started undergrad in 2012. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, skiing, hiking, tennis, the cello, the bass guitar, music in general, sports in general, and hypothesizing about the future of medicine and medical devices.

David Kim

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Research Interests: Manufacturing, Mechanical Design, Mechatronics and Feedback Control

Bio: David is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He graduated from University of Waterloo with Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Mechanical Engineering and Management Science Option with Distinction and Dean’s Honours List in 2013. He completed his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT in 2015. David spent 2 years in manufacturing industry specializing in 5 axis CNC milling. He started his graduate studies developing robotic systems for gas and water pipe inspection. He expanded his research interest to mechanical design as one of the inventors for the world’s first ice cream 3D printer. In 2015, David joined Device Realization and Computational Instrumentation Lab where he started his research on fiber and fabric manufacturing. He now specializes on developing novel manufacturing systems for fiber and fabric.

Anne Pigula

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Research Interests:  I am interested in understanding how changes in microstructure physiology are represented in ultrasound images, particularly with regard to skeletal muscle.  I am currently using a mix of experimental and computational approaches to study the acoustic signatures associated with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a condition characterized by changes in muscle fiber size, fibrosis, and fatty infiltration.

Bio:  I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).  I have a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and an MRes in Surgical Technology and Image Guided Intervention from Imperial College London.  In my free time, I enjoy running, reading, and knitting warm clothes to survive the harsh New England winter.

Bryan Ranger:

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Research Interests:  Ultrasonic imaging methods for quantitative musculoskeletal tissue assessment and improved prosthetic interface design

Bio: Bryan is a Ph.D. candidate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics in the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. He holds an M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. His graduate research focuses on developing ultrasound limb imaging technology to facilitate the design and fabrication of prosthetic interfaces. Bryan is also an instructor at the MIT D-Lab where he co-teaches ‘Prosthetics for the Developing World’. Prior to MIT, Bryan performed research in ultrasound tomography at the Karmanos Cancer Institute and Delphinus Medical Technologies. Additionally, he has a long-standing interest in international development and cost-effective healthcare innovation, having worked on global health initiatives in Zambia, Uganda, Kenya, India, the WHO, and USAID.

Mingxiu Sun

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Research Interests: Advanced manufacturing, Factory Operation, Product Development and Release

Bio: I graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Worked in the semiconductor industry for two years before arriving at MIT. I joined Prof. Brian Anthony on the creation of the Education Packaging Factory. It’s a project which involves factory planning, manufacturing design, product development, and production ramp-up. I have now wrapped up this project, and am about to start my Ph.D. venture.

Robin Singh

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Research Interests: Integrated Photonics, Nanotechnology, Biosensing, Point-of-care Diagnosis

Bio: Robin Singh received his Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.)  in Mechanical Engineering (’16) from National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India. During his undergraduate, he worked on MEMS-based ultrasonic devices as a visiting student at Stanford University and Indian Insitute of Science. Following that, he secured his S.M. (’18) in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. His research is focused on utilizing the integrated photonic platform for various biosensing applications.

Jenny Wang

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Research interests: dynamics, acoustic radiation force, numerical modeling.

Bio: Jenny has worked on a variety of projects ranging from lithium-ion batteries to molecular modeling.  She is currently focused on understanding the factors influencing object motion under acoustic radiation force.  Outside of the lab, she enjoys winter sports, exploring the city, and gardening.

Heng Yang

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Research interests:  Ultrasound shear wave elastography; Control/Robotics; Motion planning; Reinforcement learning

Bio: Heng (Hank) Yang is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering. He holds an SM in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and a BS in Automotive Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Prior to joining MIT, Hank has done biomechanics projects on studying and modelling the drinking strategy of a honeybee and the flying pattern of a beetle. Hank has interned at Tesla as a system integration engineer for Model 3 low voltage electronics system. His current research focuses on developing a low-cost and portable ultrasound system in collaboration with Philips that implements shear wave elastography using external mechanical vibration. Besides ultrasonic research, Hank has also worked on building a low-cost robotic manipulation platform and controlling a hybrid UAV that transforms between a quadcopter and a fixed-wing aircraft.

Xiang Zhang

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Rebecca Zubajlo

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Undergraduate Researchers

Henry Cheung

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Research interests: Henry is currently developing and validating an ultrasound probe for a breast cancer procedure in conjunction with clinicians at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is interested in exploring novel sensor modalities and form factors for medical devices.

Bio: Henry is an undergraduate MIT student interested in creating new medical devices. In high school, he conducted research on pancreatic and kidney cancer metastasis mechanisms. During his time at MIT, he has worked on developing better educational platforms, from coding at the Media Lab to maker trainings at MakerLodge. Most recently, he has been developing a novel conformable sensor array for on-body sensing in the Conformable Decoders group in the Media Lab.