Mehmet Kurt (he/him) is the director of Kurtlab and an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Department of Mechanical Engineering. Mehmet received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford University from 2014 to 2016. Prior to joining UW in 2022, he was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology
Mehmet’s research is focused on biological and biomedical challenges, particularly in the areas of brain biomechanics, neuromechanics imaging, nonlinear systems, and smart biomedical devices. Some examples of his research projects include investigating the nonlinear dynamics of the human brain during head impacts, studying aneurysm stability through aneurysm wall motion imaging, and measuring brain tissue stiffness in vivo through ultra-high resolution MR Elastography in Alzheimer’s Disease.
His awards include the Lucile Packard Children Hospital Postdoctoral Fellowship, Thrasher Research Foundation Early Career Award, Provost’s Early Career Award for Research Excellence and the Thomas Bernard Hall Prize. His research and neuroimaging work has been recognized with prizes and coverage in the popular media, including an NSF Best Scientific Visualization (Vizzie) Award, being named in the 40 under 40 list in Turkey by Fortune Magazine, and an Annals of Biomedical Engineering Editor’s Choice Award. His research group is currently sponsored by multiple grants from NSF, NIH and DoD. Mehmet is active in a variety of initiatives to increase the participation and visibility of LGBTQ+ students in STEM, including through mentorship programs and outreach events.
Aymeric graduated from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France) with a Master's degree in Biomechanics, Biomedical and Biomaterials in 2016. During his Ph.D at Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne (France), he focused on coupling 2D images with 3D mechanical models for aorta non-rigid registration and stent-graft deployment simulation during endovascular repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms. After his graduation in January 2020, he joined Kurtlab as a Postdoctoral fellow working on brain amplified MRI.
Ya-Chen (Kristina) graduated from National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan) with a Bachelor's degree (2013) and a Master's degree (2015) in Chemical Engineering. She specialized in polymer physics during her Master's, and studied the rheological properties of hydrogel and its electrospinnability. During her Ph.D. at Stony Brook University, she focused on studying the synergistic effects of scaffold modulus and surface chemistry for cell mechanics and cytoskeleton organization, and the influences in stem cell differentiation and hard tissue formation. After her graduation in August 2020, she joined Kurtlab as a Postdoctoral fellow working on cellular and multiscale brain biomechanics.
Javid received his PhD at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey in 2021. Javid’s research during his PhD was focused on developing new image processing techniques for the analysis of the biomechanics of the brain and cerebrovasculature. After joining Kurtlab as a postdoctoral scholar in 2022, he continued his research by developing novel neural networks for various image processing tasks such as image classification, segmentation, and registration for brain disorders such Chiari Malformation I, and Hydrocephalus.
Em Triolo graduated from The College of New Jersey with a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in May of 2019. During their time at The College of New Jersey, they worked on developing and performing human trials of a robotic exoskeleton for the human hand to augment grip and pinch strength. They earned their Masters of Engineering, specializing in Medical Device Engineering, from Stevens Institute of Technology while a member of KurtLab. They are now a Ph.D. candidate at The University of Washington advised by Dr. Kurt. They are currently researching the use of ultra-high field MRI to determine the mechanical properties of the human brain, volunteering as a student researcher with BMEII at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Fargol graduated from the Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT, Tehran, Iran) with a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2014. In her bachelor’s project, she started to study the mechanical behavior of the brain tissue. During her Master’s in Biomedical Engineering at AUT, she worked on modeling the anisotropic behavior of brain tissue. She also has three years of experience working in the field of orthopedic biomechanics at orthopedic clinics. She is now a Ph.D. student in Kurtlab, advised by Prof. Kurt.
Andrea is currently a Ph.D. student at KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) in Biomechanical Engineering.
His research focuses on the biomechanics of traumatic brain injury. He is joining KurtLab as a visiting research scholar to perform pendulum impact tests on helmeted dummy heads. The goal is to assess the efficacy of bicycle helmets in protecting from cerebral contusions by coupling experimental and computational data.
Agamdeep S. Chopra
Agamdeep graduated from Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) with a Bachelor's Degree in Physics in May of 2020. As an undergrad, He loved taking classes in Astro Physics with a special interest in cosmological structures such as the Crab Nebula. He worked as a software developer for 2 years at Reindeer Shuttle INC, which is a startup transportation company in West Lafayette. Since starting his Master's degree in Business Intelligence & Analytics at Stevens, he has developed a great interest in the application of Machine Learning in Neuro Science. He plans to continue his education in a Ph.D. program that has a focus on developing biologically inspired neural nets.
KurtLab Alumni: Research Associates
Farryl Groder, M.S.
Farryl is a class 2018 alumnus who graduated with a Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's and went on to pursue a Master's also in Mechanical Engineering. They were recently hired by Lockheed Martin as a reliability and maintainability engineer.
Gloria Fabris, Ph.D.
After graduating from the University of Bonn (Germany) in Nov. 2016, she joined Kurtlab as a Postdoctoral fellow working on cellular and multiscale brain biomechanics. She is now the associate medical director at Healthcare Consultancy Group.
John Martinez, M.S.
John is a class 2018 Stevens alumnus who graduated with a Biomedical Engineering Bachelor's. He is currently a business analyst at Weber Shandwick.
Michael Fanton, Ph.D. (co-advised)
Michael is a class of 2020 alumnus of Camarillo Lab, graduating with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
Thibaut Detroux, Ph.D.
After his graduation, Thibaut held a FNRS Postdoctoral position between 2016 and 2019, including research stays at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Duke University. In October 2019, he joined Kurtlab as a Postdoctoral fellow working on nonlinear modal analysis of the brain.
Zeynep M. Suar, M.S.
Zeynep is a class 2019 alumnus who graduated with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering.
Danny is a class of 2020 alumnus who graduated with a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering
Efe Ozkaya, Ph.D.
Efe.Ozkaya@mountsinai.org | @efe_ozkaya
Efe graduated from KurtLab at Stevens Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2021. He is now a post-doctoral fellow at BMEII at Mount Sinai Hospital
Vaughn is currently an undergraduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Biomedical engineering.
Derek is currently a graduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Devlin is currently an undergraduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology studying biomedical engineering.