Graduate Students



Anna Roto MS

Anna is a graduate of the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education with a BS in Exercise Science, as well as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources with a BS in Nutritional Science. She is currently pursuing a MS in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and an MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine. She is interested in continuing research in therapeutic and rehabilitation medicine. Her goal is to obtain a career where she will be able to improve the overall quality-of-life for those most in need of help. In her free time she likes to run road races and triathlons with both her sisters as spectators and teammates. Currently, Anna Roto works on a project related Design of a Rehabilitation Device for Cerebral Palsy Patients. She is also doing a Certificate Program at Simmons College– Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) to become a Registered Dietitian.



  img_1218Alexandros Mathioudakis MS

Alexandros is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering, working on integrating Fluid Mechanics and Biomechanics. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut, with concentrations in both Aerospace, and Power and Energy, and his MS in Mechanical Engineering in Thermal and Fluid sciences from the University of Connecticut. Alexandros completed one and a half years of PhD studies at UCONN in Thermal and Fluid sciences before he transferred into Biomedical Engineering. Alexandros is currently working on a Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) analysis and simulation of the hydrodynamic lubrication at a tibiofemoral joint and its influence on the knee system strength capacity. His research focuses on the non-linear dampening effect of the synovial fluid, and how this effect can be implemented into the Anybody Modeling System, developed by AnyBody Technology.

Alexandros was a prize winner for the 2013 World Cerebral Palsy Day. He designed a walker for people with cerebral palsy together with Emmanouil Michellis, Automation Specialist/Engineering Consultant. In his free time, Alexandros, enjoys playing the piano, and swimming.



Shaniel Bowen

Shaniel is a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering, specializing in Biomechanics and Bioinformatics. She received her BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. Shaniel is a 2nd year receiver of the prestigious National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to Doctorate fellowship.  Her research interests include musculoskeletal modeling and simulations, and computational biomechanics which involve using the AnyBody Modeling System developed by AnyBody Technology. She has previously worked on the design of a robotic leg exoskeleton and a rehabilitative device for sit-to-stand assistance for patients with lower extremity weakness. Presently, Shaniel’s research focuses on the use of modeling and simulation tools to develop and optimize designs of therapeutic devices to improve the physical rehabilitation of cerebral palsy patients. Aside from her studies, she enjoys playing piano, drawing, reading, and playing video games.




Malavika Suresh

Malavika is a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering, focusing on integrating Bioinstrumentation and Biomechanics – while understanding the principles and applications of the neural system. She received her BSc. (Hons.) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Currently, Malavika’s research area is to investigate the feasibility of a high intensity plyometric training regimen on postural control, coherence, muscle power and force production in adults with and without Cerebral Palsy (CP). This is done by utilizing and synchronizing non-invasive biosensors (EEG/EMG/Force Platform) using embedded system methods. Apart from her work, she is a concert pianist, an alto saxophone player (who also plays for UConn Symphonic Band) and a classical dancer. She is also a foodie who loves adventure, eye-catchy landscape and a good laugh!



warshaurSpencer Warshauer

Spencer is a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering focusing in Biomechanics. He received his BS degree from UConn in Biomedical Engineering. He is currently working on a thesis involving the merging of signal data from a motion capture system, Delsys EMG Sensors, and an AMTI Accusway Force Platform. The signals will be combined into a single C3D file to be analyzed in AnyBody Technology for leg injury diagnostics and rehabilitation. After graduation, he hopes to pursue work in the field of prosthetics and orthotics.