Principal Investigator

Dept. of Bioengineering

Office: Bourns Hall A141

Phone: 951.827.9166


Elena Kokkoni

Dr. Kokkoni joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2018. Previously, she was at the University of Delaware where she received her postdoctoral training in human-robot interaction under the mentoring of Prof. Herbert Tanner and completed her doctorate degree in Biomechanics and Movement Science under the advisement of Prof. Cole Galloway. During those years, Dr. Kokkoni was a member of the GoBabyGo! team and worked on the development and evaluation of novel interventions and technologies to advance the motor ability of children with physical challenges. She has also received a master's degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha and conducted research in the Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility under the advisement of Prof. Nicholas Stergiou. At UCR, she aims to create and assess novel enriched learning environments that combine assistive technology and motor training, and to apply those in real world settings for high-dosage neurorehabilitation.

Academic Training

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Delaware

PhD, University of Delaware

MS, University of Delaware

MS, University of Nebraska, Omaha

BS, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Graduate Students

Savannah Brown

PhD rotation student (Fall quarter rotation), Bioengineering

Previous Education

BS, University of Arizona

Ipsita Sahin

PhD student (Fall quarter rotation), Bioengineering

Previous Education

BS, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Vikarn Bhakri

MS student, Electrical Engineering

(Co-advised with Dr. Konstantinos Karydis)

Previous Education

BS, Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Undergraduate Students

Arjun Modi (Bioengineering)

Julya Mestas (Bioengineering)

Dannya Enriquez (Bioengineering)

Leena Bashir (Bioengineering)

Linh Vu (Bioengineering)

Catherine Kieu (Chemical Engineering)

Gabriella Solamo (Chemical Engineering)

Brandon To (Bioengineering)

Brandon Williams (Bioengineering)

Jose Herrera Madrigal (Linguistics)

Former Members

Amanda J. Arnold

Position at UCR:

Postdoctoral Researcher (2019-2020)

Current position:

Dr. Arnold holds a faculty position in the Exercise Science program at Ohio Dominican University.

Joshua L. Haworth

Position at UCR:

Visiting Researcher (2018-2019)

Current position:

Dr. Haworth holds a faculty position in the Human Movement Science program at Oakland University.

Vasiliki (Vicky) Tasouli-Drakou

Position at UCR:

MS student, Bioengineering (2019-2020)

Current position:

Vasiliki is currently pursuing her doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada.

The PRT lab is looking for students on a rolling basis.

If interested, please send a brief statement of interest, your resume, and an unofficial transcript of your degree to Dr. Kokkoni at Current UCR Undergraduate and Master's students seeking research opportunities in the PRT lab should be in good academic standing with GPA>3.5.