Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering faculty

Amir  Manbachi, PhD

Amir Manbachi, PhD

Research Associate

Director of Innovations, Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation

Office: Carnegie 780B


PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2015
MASc, Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada, 2010
BASc, Engineering Science, University of Toronto, Canada, 2008

Research Interests

Dr. Manbachi is the “Director of Innovations” at the Johns Hopkins Carnegie Center for Surgical Innovation as well as a research faculty in Biomedical Engineering, focusing on various imaging modalities for image-guided neuro-interventions and spine applications. He obtained his PhD from the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Richard S.C. Cobbold. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (2015-16) and the founder and CEO of Spinesonics Medical (2012–2015), a spinoff from his doctoral studies.

Amir has authored over 15 peer-reviewed journal articles, 3 world-wide patent applications and a book entitled “Towards Ultrasound-guided Spinal Fusion Surgery.” His interdisciplinary research been recognized by a number of awards, including University of Toronto’s 2015 Inventor of year award, and Ontario Brain Institute 2013 fellowship. Dr. Manbachi has extensive teaching experience, particularly in the field of medical imaging, for which he received the University of Torontoo’s Teaching Excellence award.

Publications Search

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Selected Publications

Manbachi A. “Towards Ultrasound-guided Spinal Fusion Surgery” Springer Theses, Springer International Publishing (2016) ISBN 978-3-319-29832–0.

Manbachi A, Cobbold RSC, Ginsberg HJ, “Guided Pedicle Screw Insertion: Techniques and TrainingSpine J. 2014; 14(1): 165–79.

Gdyczynski C, Manbachi A, Hashemi M, Lashkari B, Cobbold RSC, “On Estimating the directionality distribution in pedicle trabecular bone from micro-CT imagesPhysiol. Meas. 2014; 35(12): 2415–2428.

Manbachi A, Lee M, Foster FS, Ginsberg HJ, Cobbold RSC. “Design and fabrication of a low-frequency (1-3 MHz) ultrasound transducer for accurate placement of screw implants in the spineProc. SPIE 9040, Medical Imaging 2014: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography, 90400H (March 20, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2042965.

Lashkari B, Manbachi A, Mandelis A, Cobbold RSC, “Slow and Fast Ultrasonic Wave separation improvement in human trabecular bones using Golay code modulationJASA. 2012; 132(3), EL222–8.

Manbachi A, Cobbold RSC, “Development and Application of Piezoelectric Materials for Ultrasound Generation and DetectionUltrasound 2011; 19(4): 187–196.

Manbachi A, Hoi Y, Wasserman BA, Lakatta EG, Steinman DA “On the Shape of the Common Carotid Artery, with Implications for Blood Velocity ProfilesPhysiol Meas 2011; 32(12): 1885–97.

Manbachi A, Shrivastava S, Cioffi M, Chung BG, Moretti M, Demirci U, Yliperttula M, Khademhosseini A “Microcirculation within grooved substrates regulates cell positioning and cell docking inside microfluidic channelsLab Chip. 2008; 8(5): 747–54.