Bioelectronics Group
Professor Polina Anikeeva

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Polina Anikeeva

Department of Materials Science and Engineering and
the Research Laboratory of Electronics

My goal is to combine the current knowledge of biology and nanoelectronics to develop materials and devices for minimally invasive treatments for neurological and neuromuscular diseases.

When I am not in the office or lab you can find me training for a marathon or working towards my next climbing grade.

Publications by Polina Anikeeva

email : anikeeva at mit dot edu

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Ayn Inserto

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PostDocs

Elizabeth Canovic

Department of Materials Science and Engineering



I completed my Ph.D in biomedical engineering at Boston University, where I studied multiscale cell mechanics and traction force regulation. I then worked as a postdoc in Krystyn Van Vliet's lab examining the mechanical properties of cells and brain tissue in a mouse model of autism. In 2015, I joined the Bioelectronic Group, where I am currently exploring the tissue-materials interactions in the brain and how to optimize neural probe design to minimize the brain's inflammatory response to chronically implanted devices. I am also interested in designing scaffolds for nerve regneration that use a combination of physical and biochemical cues to guide axon growth.


Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and hiking.


email : canovic at mit dot edu

Mehmet Kanik

Simons Center for the Social Brain

I received my PhD degree in Materials Science and Nanotechnology at Bilkent University. In my thesis, which was titled as “Nanostructured Materials and Devices For Energy Harvesting and Sensing Applications”, I developed a new phase change mechanism of polymer piezoelectric materials, which can drastically enhance performance of such materials. I showed proof of principle, high-performance, triboelectric and piezoelectric nanoelectronic devices such as artificial skin, nano-energy-generators, chemical sensors, anthropometric artificial hand, electro-cardiac sensors. In addition to those studies mentioned above, I contributed several researches related to development of photonic band gap fibers, photoconductive nanowires, chalcogenide micro-cavity resonator arrays, conductive composite nanostructures, fiber based microfluidic channels, artificial nose and core-shell nanostructures. I joined the Bioelectronics Group in 2015 and focused on diverse subjects such as neurophysiological and neuromuscular interfaces, opto-genetics and mimicking neural activities such as action potential.

When I am not in the lab, I enjoy traveling, practicing martial arts or sparring.

email : mkanik at mit dot edu

Siyuan Rao

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I received my PhD degree in Materials Physics and Chemistry at Beihang University in China in 2015. In my PhD career, my research focused on energy conversion devices, such as rhodopsin-based photoelectric cells, direct methanol fuel cells. We established several rhodopsin-based light-powering devices, like a nanochannel-modulated biocapacitor, a biosensor for pH detection. Also, I learned nanoparticles superlattice fabrication when I was a short-term visiting scholar in Monash University in Australia. In the early 2016, I joined the Bioelectronic Group at MIT. Here I am exploring the molecular mechanism of biological magnetosensation and trying to realize it in mammalian system.

Although I enjoy the time playing with chemicals or cells in the lab, I spare some time on improving my cooking skills, raising tropical fish and growing flowers.

email : syrao at mit dot edu

Dekel Rosenfeld

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I completed my PhD at the Technion, where I studied the influence of mechanical forces on cells within 3D polymeric scaffolds. I than continue to work in the Technion in Prof. Levenberg lab on microfluidics and nano-droplet arrays. In January 2016, I joined the Bioelectronic Group, where I will be working on deep tissue stimulation using magnetic nano-particles and designing scaffolds for promoting nerve growth and stimulation.

Outside the lab I enjoy cooking, travelling and spending time with my family.

email : dekelr at mit dot edu

Danijela Gregurec

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I completed my PhD at CIC biomaGUNE, Spain in the group of Sergio Moya where I worked on the design of bio/inorganic interfaces of implant materials for enhancing their biological performance. Work was based on metal and oxide surface functionalization with natural and synthetic polymers and surface doping with bioactive molecules. I joined the Bioelectronics Group in 2016 to work on the development of noninvasive magnetic nanoparticle-based sensors for stimulation and imaging of the central nervous system.

Besides my research activities, I enjoy cooking and painting.

email : gregurec at mit dot edu

Po-Han Chiang

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I am a neuroscientist/electrophysiologist. I got my PhD in neuroscience at National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan (R.O.C). During my PhD training, I was studying inhibitory neuronal circuitry in rodent hippocampus and amygdala from cellular level to circuit level and behavioral level. I joined the bioelectronic group in 2016. Now I am interested in modifying thermomagnetic neuronal stimulation technique to remotely manipulate neuronal circuit in vivo with minimal invasion.

Outside my academic research, I like to travel around.

email : drchiang at mit dot edu

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Graduate Students

Andres Canales

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I joined the lab in october of 2011 as a Masters Student in Materials Science and Engineering. I have now been admitted into the PhD program and I am hoping to continue my research on high-resolution neural recording devices. Before coming to MIT I was a chemistry student in the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), where I worked on materials synthesis.

When I am not doing fabrication you can find me running numerous circles around Chestnut Hill Reservoir.

email : andres_c at mit dot edu

Michael Christiansen

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I joined the group in autumn of 2012 after completing a B.S. in physics at Arizona State University, and have contributed to the Bioelectronics Group’s work involving biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles. In particular, my efforts have often focused on designing setups that produce alternating magnetic fields and improving our understanding of heat dissipation by magnetic nanoparticles. My thesis will explore the concept of “magnetothermal multiplexing,” a technique for selectively heating different kinds of magnetic nanomaterials by applying different alternating magnetic field frequencies and amplitudes. This is an exciting possibility because it could extend the functionality of a variety of emerging biomedical technologies that employ magnetic nanoparticles.

In addition to academic activities, I enjoy backpacking and fly fishing with my friends.

 

email : mgc at mit dot edu

Chi (Alice) Lu

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I am a PhD student in Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Program in Polymer Science and Technology (PPST). Before I joined the lab I was a student in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I worked with Prof. John Rogers on flexible electronic devices. I am currently interested in integrating highly flexible materials and electronics to develop devices for neural recording and stimulation.

When I am not dreaming about flexible materials I fabricate elaborate cakes and do yoga.

Publications by Chi Lu

email : chilu at mit dot edu

Seongjun Park

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


I joined the Bioelectronics group in September 2013 after finishing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Seoul National University. My previous research was about fabricating micro/nano structures and microfluidic systems for stem cell and tissue culture. Now, I'm doing a project about developing a new concept of microscale polymer scaffold for neuroregeneration combined with optogenetic techniques.

When I don't spend my time with neurons, I usually play a piano or enjoy backpacking.

email : sj_park at mit dot edu

Alexander Senko

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I joined the Bioelectronics group in October 2013 after completing a B.S. in materials science and engineering at Cornell University. My undergraduate research was conducted mainly in the fab at the Cornell Nanoscale Facility producing and characterizing magnetic thin film materials, and later developing novel MEMS devices for scanned probe microscopy. Here at MIT, I spend most of my time synthesizing magnetic nanoparticles and thinking about how they could be used to excite neurons with stimuli other than heat.

When I can make it out of Boston I enjoy skiing and hiking. My favorite outdoor activity in the city is sailing on the Charles River.

email : asenko at mit dot edu

Junsang Moon

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

 

I joined the Bioelectronics group in October 2015 after completing a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University. My previous research was mainly focused on developing catalysts for energy harvesting through water splitting. Here at Bioelectronics group, I’m trying to find new applications of magnetic nanoparticles and their assemblies to excite neurons.

When I am not in the lab, I usually enjoy playing sports or cooking.

email : junsang at mit dot edu

Marc-Joseph Antonini

Harvard/MIT Department of Health Science and Technology

I joined the Bioelectronics group in July 2016, as a Ph.D student in medical engineering and medical physics at the Harvard/MIT HST department. After completing a mechanical and industrial engineering diploma from Arts & Métiers ParisTech, I pursued a M.Sc in biomedical engineering at the Imperial College London, where I developed a low cost 3d Printed prosthetic hand. Before joining the lab, I spent a year in the Graybiel lab learning neurosciences with Dr. Sebastien Delcasso while studying neuronal dysfunction in a new animal model of Huntington’s Disease. Here in the Bioelectronics group, I am currently working on the improvement of polymer fibers for neural recording and stimulation.
Outside engineering and Neurosciences, I enjoy playing squash and volley-ball, travelling and cooking.

email : mjanto at mit dot edu

Milaine Roet

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


I am a MD/PhD student in neuromodulation and experimental neurosurgery at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. I received my Doctor of Medicine degree and MSc in Neuroscience in 2015. I joined the Bioelectronics group August 2016 as a visiting student and I am currently interested in magnetothermal deep brain stimulation in animal models of depression and will compare this to current deep brain stimulation. I would like to combine my clinical ambitions to be a good neurosurgeon with research to improve neuromodulation and its diverse applications in the medical field.


When I am not in the lab I enjoy exploring new places, travelling around the world and doing sports.


email : mroet at mit dot edu

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Undergraduate Students

Francisco Garcia

Department of Materials Science and Engineering


I joined the Bioelectronics Group in September 2014 as a sophomore undergraduate in the Departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemistry. Here, I work with the magnetic nanoparticles subgroup for non-invasive deep brain stimulation. My current work has involved surface functionalization chemistry of nanoparticles for drug release to stimulate hippocampal neurons.


Outside research and coursework I am an avid dancer in the Boston area and with groups on MIT campus.


email : fjgarcia at mit dot edu

Jeewoo (Jenny) Kang

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

I joined the Bioelectronics Group in September 2015 as a first year undergraduate in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Here, I am working with the fiber subgroup to develop polymer multifunctional probes for optogenetics. My current project involves fabricating a flexible neural probe coated in hydrogel to decrease modulus mismatch.

If I’m not in the lab or classroom, I’m most likely out in Boston with friends or dancing with MIT’s Asian Dance Troupe.

email : kangjw at mit dot edu

Matt Forrester

Wentworth Institute of Technology


I joined the Bioelectronics Group in June 2016 as an undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Currently I am working with the neural scaffold subgroup where I am spearheading the development of a new low temperature thermal fiber draw tower that will be used for iterative size reduction of multifunctional polymer preforms from macro to micro scale. In the future I look to tie in bioengineering to further understand the field of biomechanics.

Outside of school and research I enjoy running, hiking, surfing, snowboarding, and Olympic lifting.

email : mwforres at mit dot edu

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