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 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

Core Members


Amanda J Arnold

Postdoctoral Researcher

Academic Training

PhD, Purdue University

MS, Southern Illinois University

BS, Southern Illinois University


Vasiliki (Vicky) Tasouli-Drakou

MS student, Bioengineering

Academic Training

BS, University of California, Davis


Vikarn Bhakri

MS student, Electrical Engineering

(Co-advised with Dr. Konstantinos Karydis)

Academic Training

BS, Manipal Institute of Technology, India

Undergraduate Students

Tanin Eftekhari (Bioengineering)

Hakeem Butler (Bioengineering)

Jared Cristobal (Bioengineering)

Niki Fujimoto (Bioengineering)

Julya Mestas (Bioengineering)

Linh Vu (Bioengineering)

Arjun Modi (Bioengineering)

Catherine Kieu (Chemical Engineering)

Gabriella Solamo (Chemical Engineering)

Brandon To (Bioengineering)

Brandon Williams (Bioengineering)

Jose Herrera Madrigal (Linguistics)

Former Members


Joshua Haworth

Visiting Researcher

Dr. Haworth holds a faculty position in the Dept. of Human Movement Science at Oakland University. Dr. Haworth's research focuses on the identification of early indicators of clinical disorders and the production of novel therapeutic modalities using eye-tracking, motion capture, posturographic, and mobile computing technologies. He creates innovative interventions for the development of motor strategies and social-cognitive skills in children with and without autism. He also studies the integration of sensorimotor information and behavior in daily tasks (upright standing, walking, and interpersonal communication).

Academic Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins Medicine

PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center

MS, Miami University

BS, Miami University

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