NeuroTech Lab: Team


Professor Charmayne Hughes

Professor Charmayne Hughes is a Health Equity Institute Associate Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D in motor behavior from Purdue University in 2010, and completed her postdoctoral work at Bielefeld University, the Technical University of Munich, and Nanyang Technological University. Using her background in motor control neuroscience and engineering she seeks to elucidate the impact of violence and trauma on underlying neurocognitive and neuromotor functioning, and to develop scientific, engineering and technological solutions that benefit resource-constrained and vulnerable populations. You may contact Dr. Hughes at


Lab Members

Tatiana Mariscal is a second year Graduate Research Assistant in the HEI’s NeuroTech Lab working on Project Iceberg. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology (Special Education minor). She was born and raised in Peru and moved to San Francisco with her mother and brother. Tatiana’s research interest involves intimate partner violence within the adolescent immigrant population.  You may contact Tatiana at

Michael Sera is a first year graduate student in Interdisciplinary Studies at San Francisco State University. Michael was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. His research interests include neuromotor control and functioning, biomechanics, and exercise physiology. You may contact him at

Tony Peng is a senior undergraduate student at San Francisco State University studying Kinesiology. Tony was born and raised in the Sunset district of San Francisco. He is currently pursuing a career in physical therapy and is interested in learning foreign languages in hopes to assist under-served communities. You may contact Tony at

Jonathan Ontiveros is an undergraduate junior at San Francisco State University studying Kinesiology with a minor in computer science. Jonathan was raised in San Francisco, California’s Mission District. His research interests include neurological disorders, motor limb function and community-based stroke telerehabilitation in sub-Saharan Africa. You may contact Jonathan at

Alejandra Padilla is an alumni of the San Francisco State University Kinesiology Department. She was born and raised in San Bruno, California. Currently, she is pursuing a career in physical therapy in hopes to serve the underserved communities. Her research interests include rehabilitation and motor control. You may contact Alejandra at

Zeus Adonis Cruz is an undergraduate freshman at San Francisco State University studying Electrical Engineering. Zeus was raised in the Mission District of San Francisco. His research interests involve developing bioengineering solutions for the control of neuromotor impairments. You may contact Zeus at

Brian Ling is a senior undergraduate student studying Kinesiology with an emphasis in movement science at San Francisco State University. He was born and raised in the vibrant city of Berkeley, CA. Brian has a desire for traveling and adventures and is currently pursuing a career as a physician where he aims to serve people around the world. You may contact Brian at


Former Lab Members
Name Period Current Position
Alisa Aguirre 2015-2017 24 Hour Fitness
Erika Aguirre 2015-2016 Manager Active Care Physical Therapy
Lorenz Bautista 2016 24 Hour Fitness
Surya Bhatti 2016 Palmer College of Chiropractic
Elizabeth Delgado 2016 Worlds Gym
Darioush Ebadat 2016 Rehabilitation Aide at Select Medical
Aaron Encarcion 2017  
Elizabeth Heredia 2016  
Brenton Kanno 2017 Rehabilitation Aide at Select Physical Therapy
Abraham Musallam 2015-2016 Rehabilitation Aide at Chiro-Medical Group, Inc
Michael Morrisroe 2016  
David Navarro 2016  
Christopher Portillo 2016  
Natalie Rios 2016 Practice Coordinator at UCSF Medical Center
Daniel Sanchez 2015-2016  
Rachel Southard 2017  
Jordan Sotero 2016  
Mariya Starostina 2016  
Derek Swilley II 2015 United States Marine Corps
Ronald Wu 2016 San Jose State University Occupational Therapy