Amir Manbachi, PhD

Assistant Professor

Office: Clark 208F


Postdoctoral Scholar, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 2016
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’s research interests include engineering design, development and clinical validation of acoustic probes (ultrasound transducers) and minimally invasive medical devices for clinically inspired diagnoses and treatments.

With a research focus on acoustic probes and ultrasound transducers, the range of applications for these probes vary from imaging and image-guided interventions, to therapeutics (oncology ablations), Piezo-electric cutters, Thermometry, cell-localization and Neuromodulation.

Dr. Manbachi’s teaching activities include mentorship with BME Design Teams (teaching capstone design, innovation and entrepreneurship) as well as close collaboration with clinical experts in Surgery, Radiology and Human factor experts at Johns Hopkins.

His doctoral studies (conducted at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Richard S.C. Cobbold) included design and development of ultrasound-guided spine surgery, which resulted in spinning off a startup. Subsequent to that, and prior to joining Johns Hopkins, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (2015-16). He also has industry experience working at Stryker Navigation headquarters in Freiburg I’m Breisgau, Germany (2012).

Dr. Manbachi is an author on 25 peer-reviewed journal articles, 30+ conference proceedings, 10 invention disclosures/patent applications and a book entitled “Towards Ultrasound-guided Spinal Fusion Surgery.” His interdisciplinary research has 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 and entrepreneurship both at Johns Hopkins and Toronto, for which he received the following two awards: University of Toronto’s Teaching Excellence award in 2014, as well as, Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering 2018 Robert B. Pond, Sr. Teaching Excellence Award.

Publications Search

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Selected Publications

Bechtold R, Tselepidakis N, Garlow B,  Glaister S, Zhu W, Liu R, Szwec A, Tandon A, Buono Z, Pitingolo J, Madalo C, Ferrara I, Shale C, Benassi T, Belzberg M, Gorelick N, Hwang B, Coles G, Tyler B, Suk I, Huang J, Brem H, and Manbachi A “Minimizing cotton retention in neurosurgical procedures: which imaging modality can help?”, Proc. SPIE, Medical Imaging 2020: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 1131704;

Manbachi A, Kambhampati S, Ainechi A, Mahapatra S, Belzberg M, Ying G, Chai R, Zhang YS, Gorelick N, Pennington Z, Westbroek E, Jiang B, Hwang B, Benassi T, Coles G, Tyler B, Suk I, Yazdi Y, and Theodore N “Intraoperative ultrasound to monitor spinal cord blood flow after spinal cord injury”, Proc. SPIE, Medical Imaging 2020: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging, 113170B;

Manbachi A, Logsdon EA, Yazdi Y, and Durr NJ. “Curricular Advancement of Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Design Projects Beyond 1 Year: A Pilot Study.” Ann Biomed Eng (2019).

Belzberg M, Chavez F, Xiong KT, Morrison K, Gamo NJ, Restaino S, Iyer R, Groves M, Thakor N, Brem H, Cohen AR, and Manbachi A “Minimally invasive intraventricular ultrasound: design and instrumentation towards a miniaturized ultrasound-guided focused ultrasound probe”, Proc. SPIE, Medical Imaging 2019: Image-Guided Procedures, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling, 109512Y;

Manbachi A, Kreamer-Tonin K, Walch P, Khoshakhlagh P, Zhang YS, Montague C, Acharya S, Logsdon EA, Allen RA, Durr NJ, Luciano MG, Theodore N, Brem H, Yazdi Y “Starting A Medical Technology Venture as an Young Academic Innovator or Student Entrepreneur” Ann Biomed Eng (2018) 46: 1.

Manbachi A, De Silva T, Uneri A, Jacobson M, Goerres J, Ketcha M, Han R, Aygun N, Thompson D, Ye X, Vogt S, Kleinszig G, Molina C, Garzon-Muvdi T, Raber MR, Groves M, Wolinsky JP, Siewerdsen JH. “Clinical Translation of the LevelCheck Algorithm for Automatic Localization of Target Vertebrae in Spine Surgery”. Ann Biomed Eng (2018).

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