Open Positions

We are seeking to recruit multiple post-doctoral researchers to our group. Positions are funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in a related field including but not limited to Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Optics, Material Science, and Mathematics. Experience developing optical systems is preferred. Experience with micro/nano fabrication, in vivo electrophysiology/imaging, rodent cranial surgery and advanced biological imaging (two-photon and confocal microscopy) are desired. Successful candidate will work on developing multi-scale neuro-imaging platforms. He/she will be working with a highly interdisciplinary team of neural engineers, neuroscientists, physicists, biologists, and material scientists.

 Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, the names of three references, a statement of research experience, and date of availability to Prof. Suhasa Kodandaramaiah (

Lab News

APRIL 2019

  • Leila’s paper describing engineered transparent polymer skulls now published in Nature Communications!

  • Suhasa is the lead PI on a $ 2.41 Million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Along with co-PI Sarah Swisher and co-I Timothy Ebner, the lab will develop new tools for large-scale neural sensing in freely behaving animals.

MArch 2019

  • Leila wins second place in the Best Paper Competition at the IEEE Neural Engineering Conference in San Francisco, California

  • Lab awarded a 2 year $390,000 R21 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke. The grant fund the development of miniaturized robotic neural probes.

  • Suhasa is co-PI in a $680,428 BRAIN Initiative: Targeted BRAIN Circuits Planning grant awarded to Prof. Lucy Vulchanova, Prof. Prakash Kara and Dr. Daryl Gohl. The proposal develops new technologies to map and understand spinal pain circuits


  • Leila and Matt present their work on technologies for large scale neural interfacing at the Mechanical Engineering ME-Connect Seminar Series

  • Our work on robotics for high throughput single cell gene manipulation presented at the CELL: Single Cells: Technology to Biology symposium in Singapore

January 2019

  • Suhasa talks about technologies developed in the lab at the Inaugural Rice Neural Engineering Seminar Series in Houston, TX

  • The craniobot paper now accepted in the journal Scientific Reports. Led by Mathew Rynes and Leila Ghanbari


  • New paper describing robotic microinjections into single cells in intact tissue now posted on BioRxiv!


  • Lab travels to San Diego to present 7 posters at the Annual Society for Neuroscience Conference.

  • Suhasa presents at the IEEE Brain initiative symposium

  • Leila awarded the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute’s Graduate Fellowship for 2019

October 2019

  • Matt awarded the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished MS Thesis award

  • Suhasa gives an invited talk at the Inaugural Mayo UMN Symposium on Biosensing and Nanotechnology Symposium at Rochester MN

September 2019

  • Leila earns Honorable mention in the Best Student Poster Competition at the ASME NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB) Conference.

August 2019

JULY 2019

JUNE 2019

  • Daniel Sousa Schulman wins multiple awards!! A scholarship from the Mechanical Engineering department at UMN, the A.F. Johnson and the Ronald L. & Janet A. Christenson Scholarships  as well as the Tau Beta Pi Honors society scholarship.

  • Alana Tillery from the University of Maryland joins the team for the summer as a part of the NSF REU program.

  • High schoolers Suleyman Jafar and Joseph Wang join the team for the summer.Suleyman is a part of the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Internship program run by UMN in collaboration with the Washington Technology Magnet School in St. Paul.

MAY 2019

  • Lab awarded $200,000 award from the Minnesota Traumatic Brain Injury Foundation to study global structural and functional reorganization of the cortex in mild traumatic brain injury. Collaborative effort along with the Ebner lab in Neuroscience and Park lab in neurology.

April 2018

  • Gabriella Shull Awarded the NSF GRFP!

  • Judith Dominguez awarded the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineering Scholarship

March 2018

January 2018

December 2017

  • Matthew Rynes successfully defends his Masters Thesis. Matt worked along with Leila Ghanbari to apply principles of computer numerical controlled machining to microsurgical procedures.

  • Our paper describing robotic multi-neuron patching in vivo is accepted for publication at Elife!

November 2017

  • Nahom Mossazghi gives a talk at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ

  • Leila Ghanbari and Matthew Rynes present at the Annual Society for Neuroscience conference.

  • Our paper describing computer vision guided robotic patch clamping in vivo is published in Neuron

  • Paper describing engineered infrared fluorescent proteins for neuroimaging is published in Biophysical Journal


  • Our paper describing how realtime high resolution two-photon imaging can assist targeted patch clamp recordings of rare cell types in the brain is out in Neuron. Accompanying perspective article in The Scientist, and MIT News.

July 2017

  • Lab undergraduate student, McNair Scholar, and MnDrive Fellow Nahom Mossazghi is selected to be a part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholars Program. The program covers $20,000 in tuition expenses and a one year research traineeship at the NIH main campus in Bethesda Maryland after graduation!

JUNE 2017

  • Our breakthrough in non-invasive deep brain stimulation using temporally interfering high frequency electric fields is published in Cell! Collaboration led by Nir Grossman at University College London. Some perspective pieces in popular press: New York TimesGuardianThe ScientistScience and IEEE spectrum

May 2017

  • ME freshman Judith Dominguez receives Undergraduate Research Opportunities award for her proposed summer research work in the lab!

  • Our paper examining the role of mesoscale duration membrane fluctuation events and their role in gating neuronal spiking during behavior is published in J Neurophysiology! This is a collaboration with the Singer Lab at Georgia Tech and Boyden lab at MIT and demostrates the use of robotic patch clamping systems for

March 2017

  • The lab receives a seed grant from MIT’s McGovern Institute Neurotechnology (MINT) fund, kickstarting a collaboration with Mark Harnett’s Lab at MIT. The collaboration aims to engineer a robotic platform for high density intracellular recordings from intact mammalian circuits in vivo.

January 2017

  • Gabriella Shull joins the lab. Gabi is a NSF IGERT Neuroengineering trainee interested in engineering novel high density neural recording devices.

December 2016

  • Leila Ghanbari wins the 2017 University of Minnesota Informatics Institute(UMII) Graduate Fellowship!

November 2016

  • Nature news feature on our collaborative project developing a non-invasive transcranial deep brain stimulator, presented recently at the Society for Neuroscience conference. The effort is headed by Nir Grossman (University College London), Ed Boyden (MIT), Li- Huey Tsai (MIT) and Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard).

October 2016

September 2016

  • Suhasa gives a talk at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology at Leipzig Germany.

  • We welcome new lab members: Gregory Johnson, Jay Hu, Lenora Haltom and Micheal Laroque.

August 2016 

  • We start moving into our permanent lab space in the newly renovated mechanical engineering building!

July 2016

  • Our paper describing integration of microscopy and computer vision for image guided autopatching in brain slices has now been published as an innovative methodology in the Journal of Neurophysiology! Collaboration with the Chubykin lab at Purdue, Forest lab at Gatech, Boyden lab at MIT and Hongkui Zheng’s group at the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

April 2016

March 2016 

  • Our paper describing methodologies to setup and use the Autopatcher for in vivosingle neuron electrophysiology was published in Nature Protocols! Want to set one up in your own lab? Check out as well!

  • Leila Ghanbari joins the lab as the first graduate student in the team!

February 2016

  • Got our temporary lab space which we will be using until this Fall. First packages begin to stream in!

December 2016

  • After a meandering road trip, Suhasa and family reached Minnesota on an unusually warm December morning (thanks El Nino). Immediately treated to that famed Minnesota accent at the first rest stop