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The Winkler Labs at Weill Cornell Medicine

Lab Team

Winkler Lab Group Photo

Winkler Lab Group Photo

Winkler Lab Group Photo February 2020

Winkler lab May 2021

Winkler lab May 2021

Left to right: Isabelle Saniour, Elizaveta Motovilova, Simone Angela Winkler, Sayim Gökyar, Vishwas Mishra

Winkler lab August 2021

Winkler lab August 2021

Left to right: Isabelle Saniour, Simone Angela Winkler, David Nghiem, Arthur Nghiem, Elizaveta Motovilova, Sayim Gökyar, Frida Galaviz Huerta, Rena Fukuda

Primary Investigator

Prof. Simone Angela Winkler
Dr. Simone Angela Winkler
  • Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in Radiology
Research Focus:

Dr. Simone Winkler is a Stanford-trained NIH-funded biomedical researcher interested in studying three primary topics: (1) hardware development for MR engineering applications, (2) neurodegenerative disease diagnosis as well as the mapping of brain connectivity, (3) high-impact work at the interface of multi-physics and medicine, in the form of fundamental clinical and biological training in pediatric MRI. 

  • Postdoctoral Training: Stanford University
Phone: 212-746-2526

Lab Members

Gabriela Anglon
Gabriela Anglon , M.P.A.
  • Grants Administrator
Phone: 212-746-2019
Kelly McCabe Gillen, PhD
Kelly McCabe Gillen , PhD
  • Instructor
Research Focus:

Kelly Gillen received her BS in Biological Engineering from Cornell University in 2004. She received her MS in Biomedical Engineering from Tufts University in 2006, and her PhD from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 2014. While a graduate student at Cornell, Kelly conducted her PhD thesis research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she received a fellowship from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program to investigate the role of Focal Adhesion Kinase in breast cancer initiation, progression, and metastasis. She has also conducted research projects at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Boston Scientific. Kelly will receive her MBA and MS in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University in May 2021. Her research interests include using imaging and histological techniques to understand the contribution of iron overload to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.

  • BS, Cornell University
  • MS, Tufts University
  • PhD, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • MBA/MS, Cornell University
Bal Govind
  • Collaborating PhD Student
Research Focus:

Bal Govind received his M.S degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2018 and 2021 respectively. He worked on ultrasonic MEMS with the Advanced Technology group at TDK Invensense (San Jose) in 2019 and with the RF Amplifiers group at Texas Instruments (Dallas) in 2020 and 2021. He is pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Cornell University with a current focus on RF integrated circuit design.

Elizaveta Motilova
Elizaveta Motovilova , PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Focus:

Elizaveta's main research interests include design and development of MRI RF coils, metamaterials and resonators for RF coil sensitivity improvement, ultra-high field MRI engineering and safety.

  • PhD: Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore
  • MSc, BSc: Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia
Dr. Fraser Robb
Fraser Robb , PhD
  • Chief Technology Leader, GE Healthcare
  • Advisor, Winkler Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine
Research Focus:

Dr. Fraser Robb is Chief Technology Leader at GE Healthcare with focus on MR coil engineering. He acts as an advisor to the Winkler Lab at Weill Cornell Medicine as part of the GE showcase site.

  • Professor, Dartmouth; Professor, Sheffield
  • PhD, University of Aberdeen
Isabelle Saniour
Isabelle Saniour , PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Focus:

Isabelle Saniour was born in Mina, Lebanon in 1991. She received her Master’s degree in Sensors, Measurement and Instrumentation from Pierre and Marie Curie University in partnership with ESPCI, Paris, France in 2013. She received the Ph.D. degree in physics from Lyon 1 University in 2017. From 2018 to 2019, she was involved in research on superconducting radiofrequency coils at University of Paris-Sud in Orsay, France. Her main research interests include the development of radiofrequency coils and hardware and the assessment of SAR for MR engineering applications.

  • PhD, Lyon 1 University
Safeera Subratie
Safeera Subratie , BSHA
  • Administrative Assistant
Phone: 212 746 2971

Former Lab Members

Rena Fukuda
Rena Fukuda
  • Summer rotation student
Research Focus:

Rena received her Bachelors in Biomedical Engineering at Hofstra University with a concentration in biomechanics and research in the Hofstra Ultrasound Laboratory. She is starting a PhD at the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering in August 2021. Her research interests include imaging diagnostics and imaging instrumentation. 

Frida Galaviz Huerta
  • Summer student
Research Focus:

Frida Galaviz Huerta was born in Zacatecas, Mexico in 2000 and is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at New York University. Frida studies Psychology with a triple minor in Linguistics, Chemistry, and Child/Adolescent Mental Studies (CAMS) and is interested in neuroscience research related to infants and adolescents. She graduates May 2022 and hopes to pursue a graduate degree.

Sayim Gökyar
Sayim Gökyar , PhD
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Research Focus:

Dr. Gökyar's research interests include, design, demonstration and characterization of the RF devices, instrumentation of MRI devices, high resolution MR imaging, RF safety of electronic devices, metamaterials and implantable electronic devices for wireless sensing. He has hands-on clean room experience since 2009. He recently focuses on ultra-high field (UHF) MRI and novel solutions for the problems of UHF-MRI.

  • Ph.D. Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey
Vishwas Mishra
Vishwas Mishra , B.Tech.
  • Rotation Graduate Student
Research Focus:

Vishwas received his B.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in 2020. He is presently a first year graduate student in Physiology, Biophysics and Systems Biology (PBSB) program at Weill Cornell Graduate School and his main research interests lie in the field of computational neuroscience and systems biology. In Winkler lab he is working on MR guided Focused Ultrasound coils and their implications in targeted tissue thermal ablation for treating neuropathic pain.

  • B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology
Arthur Nghiem
Arthur Nghiem
  • Summer Student
Research Focus:

Arthur Nghiem was born in Houston in 2003. After graduating from high school a year early, he is an undergraduate sophomore studying biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He is the principal inventor of the wireless communication device grip guide, for which he was granted a USPTO patent in 2017. He previously conducted literature review regarding the use of high-temperature superconductors for accessible MRI applications under the supervision of Dr. John Thomas Vaughan of Columbia University. He was nominated for the 2019 IEEE Region 4 Outstanding Student Award for his contributions to technical workshops regarding MRI safety and wireless medical devices. His work at the Winkler Lab focuses on the generation and curation of datasets for deep learning of tissue heating prediction in Ultra High-Field MRI