Principal investigator


Giovannucci, Andrea

Dr. Giovannucci is an Assistant Professor in Neural Engineering at the UNC/NCSU department of Bioengineering. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Giovannucci was a machine learning data scientist at the Flatiron Institute (Simons Foundation) and a postdoctoral fellow (experimental neuroscience) at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. Dr. Giovannucci obtained his PhD in artificial intelligence from the Autonoma University of Barcelona and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute of Bellaterra (IIIA-CSIC), Spain. Dr. Giovannucci is affiliated with the UNC/NCSU joint Bioengineering department, the Closed-loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) and the UNC Neuroscience Center.


Graduate students


Eybposh, Mohammad Hossein








Patel, Rahul

Rahul completed his BA in Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-New Brunswick. During his undergraduate years, he accumulated significant experience in several fields, including behavioral and molecular neuroscience, cytoskeletal biology, and clinical deep brain stimulation. You can find a more extensive course of Rahul’s training and experience on his personal website.




Research interns


Cai, Changjia

Changjia is currently a master student in Statistics and Operations Research Department at UNC. Prior coming to UNC, Changjia obtained his bachelor’s degree in physics at Fudan University, China. Since January 2019, he has been working as a research intern in the NEL lab. Given his background in statistics, he focuses on voltage imaging analysis, spike deconvolution and computational neuroscience.






Summer interns


Bennet, Catherine. Catherine Bennett is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill. She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering and has minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. She is interested in the neural networks that underlie learning and how this information can be applied in clinical therapies.




Labrozzi, Gabrielle. Gabrielle Labrozzi is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill. She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience. She is interested in rehabilitation engineering with an ultimate goal of working with children and prosthetics.









Li, Yongjia. Yongjia Li is a rising junior at UNC Chapel Hill. She has double major in Computer Science and Math, with a minor in Cognitive Science. She’s interested in combining neuroscience with computer science, and also open to many other interdisciplinary fields yet to explore.









Rucho, Ross. Ross Rucho is a rising senior at UNC Chapel Hill. He is double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science. He is interested in the mechanics of neural systems and how they can be manipulated to improve medicine and healthcare. Ultimately, he wants to understand the fundamental components that give rise to intelligent behavior and consciousness.






Turner, Joseph. Joseph is an undergraduate student in Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University. As a part of UNC’s Summer Of Learning And Research (SOLAR) program, Joseph has been provided the opportunity to work in the NEL lab.