Dept. of Bioengineering

Office: Bourns Hall A141

Phone: 951.827.9166


Elena Kokkoni

Dr. Kokkoni joined the research faculty in the Department of Bioengineering in 2018. Previously, she was at the University of Delaware where she received her postdoctoral training under the mentoring of Prof. Herbert Tanner and completed her doctorate degree 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 promote mobility of children with motor challenges. 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

Ph.D., University of Delaware

M.S., University of Delaware

M.S., University of Nebraska, Omaha

B.S., Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece

Visiting Scientist


Joshua Haworth

Dr. Haworth is visiting from Whittier College where he holds a faculty position in the Department of Kinesiology. 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

Ph.D., University of Nebraska Medical Center

M.S., Miami University

B.S., Miami University

Undergraduate Students

Research Assistants

Ahmad Abulhasan (Biology)

Nhay Cao (Bioengineering)

Jared Cristobal (Bioengineering)

Tanin Eftekhari (Bioengineering)

Niki Fujimoto (Bioengineering)

Jocelyn Kiyama (Bioengineering)

Timothy Lam (Mechanical Engineering)

Danyal Naeem (Bioengineering)

Victor Olivares Moran (Biology)

Kiana Perez (Bioengineering)

Noah Steinbuch (Biology)

Neelank Tiwari (Bioengineering)

Senior Design Team

Melanie Beltran (Bioengineering)

Drishti Bhardwaj (Bioengineering)

David Creighton (Bioengineering)

Mark Estafanous (Bioengineering)

Kristina Rodriguez (Bioengineering)

The PRT lab is looking for undergraduate students to conduct research over the summer!

If interested, please send a brief statement of interest, your resume, and an unofficial transcript of your degree to Dr. Kokkoni at