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Nick Apollo, PhD joins the CNT


Nicholas ApolloDr. Nick Apollo is the newest addition to the CNT working alongside Drs. Flavia Vitale and Brian Litt after being awarded a trainee position in the Neuroengineering and Medicine T32 Training Grant. He is working to develop conformable biosensors capable of simultaneously monitoring neurotransmitter concentration and electrophysiological activity in real time. He will also investigate the use of 2D titanium carbide nanomaterials in neural interfacing and biosensing.

He has training in biomedical engineering (BSE ’11, University of Pittsburgh) and materials science (PhD ’17, University of Melbourne). Prior to beginning postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania, he was working as a fabrication scientist at the University of Melbourne in Australia focused on building carbon-based medical devices. His research interests include carbon materials (graphene, diamond, and carbon nanotubes), brain-machine interfacing, medical device integration and packaging, and biosensing.

Brendan Murphy awarded 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Brendan MurphyBioengineering PhD student Brendan Murphy has been awarded a 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The GRFP promotes vitality and diversity in the scientific and engineering workforce by recognizing and supporting outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

Nicki Driscoll – Fall 2017 presentations

Nicolette Driscoll (Nicki) gave 2 talks in the fall of 2017.

She presented “Transparent graphene electrodes for chronic in vivo optical and electrophysiological recording” at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Phoenix, October 2017 (featured in accompanying photo).

Nicki’s work on “2D Ti3C2 MXenes for high-resolution neural interfaces” was selected for oral presentation at the Symposium on Materials Design for Neural Interfaces, 2017 Materials Research Society Meeting in Boston, November 2017.

Dr. Flavia Vitale awarded the CURE Taking Flight Award

Dr. Flavia Vitale has developed a new class of very small, flexible electrodes that can be independently controlled after they are implanted, allowing surgeons to safely map epileptic networks in the brain with high precision. With support from CURE, Dr. Vitale will build these new devices and test them in animal models of focal epilepsy, to detect and map seizure generation and spread. If successful, this exciting new technology could precisely localize seizure networks, and allow clinicians to focally ablate or suppress them with unprecedented accuracy, exactly where they are generated.


Nicki Driscoll awarded 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Nicki DriscollBioengineering PhD student Nicki Driscoll has been awarded a 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The GRFP Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees.