Staff List

Executive Staff

Rory A. Cooper, Director
Brad Dicianno, Medical Director
Michael L. Boninger, Senior Associate Medical Director
Alicia M. Koontz
, Associate Director for Research
Daniel Kysela, Assistant Director for Finance and Research Administration
Garrett Grindle, Assistant Director for Engineering
Stacy Eckstein, Assistant Director for Clinical and Regulatory Affairs
Randy Williams, Assistant Director for Education and Outreach
Andrea Bagay, Administrative Officer and Assistant Director for VA Finance & Research Administration

Core Faculty

Jennifer Collinger, Research Biomedical Engineer
Theresa M. Crytzer, Assistant Professor 
Dan Ding
, Rehabilitation Scientist
Mary Goldberg, Education & Outreach Project Director/Assistant Professor
Gina McKernan, Statistician
Mike Urbin, Faculty
George F. Wittenberg, Faculty
Lynn Worobey, Research Assistant Professor  

Affiliate Faculty
    *Apply to become Affiliate Faculty

Christopher Connaboy (September 2019)
Rosemarie Cooper
(November 2018)
Dan Fisher (November 2018)
Katya Hill (November 2018)
Annmarie Kelleher (December 2018)
Ashli Molinero (March 2019)
Bradley Nindl (November 2018)
Bambang Parmanto (November 2018)
Nitin Sharma (September 2019)
Pamela Toto (November 2018)

Global Affiliate Faculty

Eliana Ferretti
Jongbae Kim
Hisaichi Ohnabe
Lucas HV van der Woude
Jue Wang

Internal Advisors

Anthony Delitto
Evan Facher
Steven Graham
Rob A. Rutenbar
Sanjeev Schroff
Gwendolyn Sowa
James E. Taylor

Advisory Board

David Algood
Bruce Doll
Fred Downs
Leah R. Gray
Bryan McCormick
Ashli Molinero
Laurie Paquet
Paul F. Pasquina
Dan Standage

Post-Doctoral Researchers

Jorge Luis Candiotti
Cheng-Shiu Chung
Jonathan Duvall


Josh Brown, Electronics Engineer
Nikitha Deepak, Clinical Coordinator
Ian Eckstein, Clinical Coordinator Assistant
Benjamin Gebrosky, Testing Engineer
Debbie Harrington, Clinical Coordinator
Rachel Hibbs, Clinical Research Associate
Sara Izzo, Research Associate
James Joseph, Veteran Mentor
Joshua Kanode, Shop Staff
Michael Lain, Information Dissemination Coordinator
Matt Landis, Computer Engineer
Josh Marino, Veteran Mentor
Dan McCoy, Research Coordinator
Heather Norris, Assistant to the Director
Daniel Post, Research Assistant
Robert Powell, Machinist
Libby Powers, Research Assistant
Eleanor Quinby, Research Technician
Ron Wesolowski, Program Support/IT Specialist

Graduate Students

Saleh Alqahtani
Satria Ardianuari
Yohali Burrola-Méndez
Brandon Daveler
Anas Dighriri
Mark Greenhalgh
Michael Huang
Deepan Kamaraj
Hailee Kulich
Alexandria Miles
Stephanie Rigot
Sivashankar Sivakanthan
Andrea Sundaram
Lin Wei

Contact us

Human Engineering Research Laboratories
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Phone: 412-822-3700
Fax: 412-822-3699