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Principal Investigator
Curtis L Johnson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Mechanical Engineering (affiliated)
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (affiliated)
Biomechanics and Movement Science Program (affiliated)
Department of Biomedical Research, Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children (affiliated)

Dr. Johnson directs the Mechanical Neuroimaging Lab. He is an MR physicist that specializes in imaging the mechanical properties of the brain using magnetic resonance elastography. He graduated with his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 2007, and got his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013. His work has been recognized by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, where he was named a Junior Fellow of the society, and at the IEEE EMBS BRAIN Grand Challenges conference, where he won the Young Investigator award. He currently serves as the Chair of the ISMRM MRE Study Group.

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Lucy Hiscox, PhD
Biomedical Engineering

Lucy started as a postdoctoral research associate in the lab in 2018. She completed her BSc in Psychology at Cardiff University in 2012 and her PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at University of Edinburgh in 2017. During her PhD she used MRE to study the hippocampus and memory in Alzheimer's disease. At UD she is continuing her research in how mechanical properties reflect brain health and cognitive function in older adults in response to therapy. Lucy is originally from Bristol, England, where she played lead guitar in an awesome band!

Graduate Students

Dan Smith
Biomedical Engineering

Dan is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering after graduating from UD with his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2016. Dan’s current projects include developing protocols and actuators for multi-excitation MR elastography for analyzing anisotropic properties of fibrous tissue. He will apply this methodology to analyze white matter changes in traumatic brain injuries in hockey players as well as a tool to analyze muscular tissue injury and recovery. Dan enjoys biking, playing club frisbee, and hiking in his free time.

Peyton Delgorio
Biomedical Engineering

Peyton is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at UD and is currently working to measure the viscoelastic properties of the hippocampus using high-resolution MRE for applications in aging and disease. She graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering in 2017. Outside of the lab, Peyton enjoys ice skating, reading, and traveling. Peyton is the recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award from the UD.

Grace McIlvain
Biomedical Engineering

Grace is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at UD, and previously completed her BS in Biomedical Engineering and MBA at UD. As an undergraduate she worked as a Summer Scholar in the lab before starting and graduated in 2017. Grace is currently working on developing techniques for fast brain MRE of children with developmental disorders. When she is not in the lab you can find Grace at the beach.

Undergraduate Students

Gabby Villermaux
Neuroscience / Nutrition

Paige Dickinson
Biomedical Engineering

Cassie Cooper
Cognitive Science

Nana Marfo

Ray Duda
Biomedical Engineering

Lab Alumni
Charlotte Chaze, MS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware
Grace McIlvain, BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware; 2016 Summer Scholar, Honors Senior Thesis
Alex Kulyk, BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware; 2016 Summer Scholar
Christian Thompson, BS in Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware; 2016 Summer Scholar
Emily Ebeling, BS in Physics, Truman State University; 2017 Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research REU Student
Constance Barfoe, BS in Integrated Studies, Delaware State University; 2017 Center for Neuroscience Research REU Student

MNL & Friends

Christmas Party 2016

Summer Party 2018

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2018