I am passionate about working at the interface of medicine and engineering to develop novel technologies that enable and encourage humans to live healthier lives. During my time at Stanford, I have built and led collaborations between engineers and clinicians, and have led research design, execution, and analysis for the development of multiple mobile health technologies. Currently, I am developing and deploying a high-resolution, reproducible, and accessible (to clinicians and patients) screening method for diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) using a smartphone which can identify individuals at risk for DPN prior to overt clinical manifestation and at a potentially reversible stage. Previously, I developed methods of controlling wearable robotic devices (exoskeletons) to enhance balance ability in older adults.

Honors & Awards

  • Stanford Graduate Fellow (SGF), Stanford University (2017)
  • NSF-GRFP, National Science Foundation (2019)

Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, ME-PHD (2024)
  • Master of Science, Stanford University, ME-MS (2019)
  • B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mechanical Engineering (2017)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Cognitive and Physical Activities Impair Perception of Smartphone Vibrations. IEEE transactions on haptics Yoshida, K. T., Kiernan, J. X., Adenekan, R. A., Trinh, S. H., Lowber, A. J., Okamura, A. M., Nunez, C. M. 2023; PP


    Vibration feedback is common in everyday devices, from virtual reality systems to smartphones. However, cognitive and physical activities may impede our ability to sense vibrations from devices. In this study, we develop and characterize a smartphone platform to investigate how a shape-memory task (cognitive activity) and walking (physical activity) impair human perception of smartphone vibrations. We measured how Apple's Core Haptics Framework parameters can be used for haptics research, namely how hapticIntensity modulates amplitudes of 230 Hz vibrations. A 23-person user study found that physical ( ) and cognitive ( p=0.004) activity increase vibration perception thresholds. Cognitive activity also increases vibration response time ( ). This work also introduces a smartphone platform that can be used for out-of-lab vibration perception testing. Researchers can use our smartphone platform and results to design better haptic devices for diverse, unique populations.

    View details for DOI 10.1109/TOH.2023.3279201

    View details for PubMedID 37220041

  • Feasibility of Smartphone Vibrations as a Sensory Diagnostic Tool Adenekan, R. G., Lowber, A. J., Huerta, B. N., Okamura, A. M., Yoshida, K. T., Nunez, C. M., Seifi, H., Kappers, A. M., Schneider, O., Drewing, K., Pacchierotti, C., Abbasimoshaei, A., Huisman, G., Kern, T. A. SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG. 2022: 337-339
  • Conductive hydrogel films produced by freestanding electrophoretic deposition and polymerization at the interface of immiscible liquids COMPOSITES SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Joung, Y., Ramirez, R. B., Bailey, E., Adenekan, R., Buie, C. R. 2017; 153: 128-135