Jonathan Rivnay  |  jrivnay@northwestern.edu    Principal Investigator   Jonathan earned his B.Sc. in 2006 from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). He then moved to Stanford University (Stanford, CA) where he earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering studying structure and electronic transport properties of organic electronics materials. In 2012, he joined the Dept. of Bioelectronics at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne in France as a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, working on conducting polymer based devices for bioelectronic recording and stimulation. Jonathan spent 2015-2016 as a member of the research staff at the Palo Alto Research Center (Palo Alto, CA) before joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2017.

Jonathan Rivnay | jrivnay@northwestern.edu

Principal Investigator

Jonathan earned his B.Sc. in 2006 from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). He then moved to Stanford University (Stanford, CA) where he earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering studying structure and electronic transport properties of organic electronics materials. In 2012, he joined the Dept. of Bioelectronics at the Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne in France as a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, working on conducting polymer based devices for bioelectronic recording and stimulation. Jonathan spent 2015-2016 as a member of the research staff at the Palo Alto Research Center (Palo Alto, CA) before joining the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2017.

Bryan Paulsen  |  bryan.paulsen@northwestern.edu    Post Doctoral Associate   Bryan received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota, his MA in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and BS in Chemical Engineering from Tri-State University. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Prof. C. Daniel Frisbie, focused on the electrical and electrochemical properties of pi-conjugated polymers for transistor and photovoltaic applications. In the Rivnay Lab, Bryan studies the structure-property relationships that determine ionic charge transport, electronic charge transport, and ion-electronic coupling in organic mixed conductors, leveraging the characterization resources of both Northwestern University and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labs. Concurrent with his work at Northwestern, Bryan is in formation to become a Roman Catholic priest as a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Bryan Paulsen | bryan.paulsen@northwestern.edu

Post Doctoral Associate

Bryan received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Minnesota, his MA in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and BS in Chemical Engineering from Tri-State University. His doctoral research, under the supervision of Prof. C. Daniel Frisbie, focused on the electrical and electrochemical properties of pi-conjugated polymers for transistor and photovoltaic applications. In the Rivnay Lab, Bryan studies the structure-property relationships that determine ionic charge transport, electronic charge transport, and ion-electronic coupling in organic mixed conductors, leveraging the characterization resources of both Northwestern University and the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Labs. Concurrent with his work at Northwestern, Bryan is in formation to become a Roman Catholic priest as a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Anthony Petty | anthony.petty@northwestern.edu

Post Doctoral Associate

Anthony received his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Grand Valley State University in 2012 (Allendale, MI). He then worked on the synthesis and electrochemical characterization of redox active small molecules and polymers under the supervision of Dr. Tom Guarr at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute (Holland, MI). He then moved to the University of Kentucky where he under took his doctoral studies under Prof. John Anthony on the design and synthesis of small molecule organic semiconductors, receiving his PhD in Chemistry in 2018. As a joint Post-Doctoral Fellow between the Rivnay and Ameer labs in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Northwestern, his research focuses on the synthesis of novel conducting biomaterials for tissue regeneration

Mayra Alcaraz  |  mcca2017@u.northwestern.edu    Graduate Student   Mayra earned her B.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2016 from the University of California Riverside (Riverside, CA; UCR) with University Honors as a MARC U STAR Scholar. Simultaneously, she was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Huinan Liu’s Biomaterials & Nanomedicine Lab at UCR where she investigated magnesium implants for orthopedic applications. She spent 2016-17 as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Monica Carson’s Immunology Laboratory at UCR before joining the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2017 as a IMSD/CLIMB student. Currently, she is working on developing conductive hydrogels for bone regeneration. In addition to research, Mayra enjoys working on art projects, gardening, ice skating, and learning different languages.

Mayra Alcaraz | mcca2017@u.northwestern.edu

Graduate Student

Mayra earned her B.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2016 from the University of California Riverside (Riverside, CA; UCR) with University Honors as a MARC U STAR Scholar. Simultaneously, she was an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Huinan Liu’s Biomaterials & Nanomedicine Lab at UCR where she investigated magnesium implants for orthopedic applications. She spent 2016-17 as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Monica Carson’s Immunology Laboratory at UCR before joining the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2017 as a IMSD/CLIMB student. Currently, she is working on developing conductive hydrogels for bone regeneration. In addition to research, Mayra enjoys working on art projects, gardening, ice skating, and learning different languages.

Reem Rashid  |  ReemRashid2022@u.northwestern.edu    Graduate Student   Reem earned a B.S. in Bioengineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. During her time as an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Ali Yanik’s lab in the department of Electrical Engineering focusing on microfluidics for biomedical applications. Her senior thesis had her exploring how shear stress in fluidic systems affect formation/adhesion of biofilms. She joined Northwestern as a PhD student in 2017. Her current research focuses on design and fabrication of biomedical devices that integrate novel organic electronic materials and organic electrochemical transistors. Specifically, working on devices for neurological applications. In her free time she likes to run and read.

Reem Rashid | ReemRashid2022@u.northwestern.edu

Graduate Student

Reem earned a B.S. in Bioengineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and is member of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society. During her time as an undergraduate she worked as a research assistant in Dr. Ali Yanik’s lab in the department of Electrical Engineering focusing on microfluidics for biomedical applications. Her senior thesis had her exploring how shear stress in fluidic systems affect formation/adhesion of biofilms. She joined Northwestern as a PhD student in 2017. Her current research focuses on design and fabrication of biomedical devices that integrate novel organic electronic materials and organic electrochemical transistors. Specifically, working on devices for neurological applications. In her free time she likes to run and read.

Emily Schafer  | EmilySchafer2023@u.northwestern.edu    Graduate Student   Emily is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in 2018. She worked for 3 years at the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE) doing research on microfluidics and organ-on-chip devices under Dr. Dmitry Markov and Dr. Lisa McCawley. Specifically, she focused on the integration of organ-on-chip devices modeling the blood-brain barrier and breast tissue to study breast cancer metastasis to the brain  in vitro . Emily is currently testing collagen degradation rates in response to inflammatory enzymes using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), and future work will hopefully be on applying organic electrochemical transistor devices in neural engineering. In her free time she likes reading, playing hockey and field hockey, backpacking, kayaking, hanging out with her cat Olly.

Emily Schafer |EmilySchafer2023@u.northwestern.edu

Graduate Student

Emily is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned her B.E. in Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience from Vanderbilt University in 2018. She worked for 3 years at the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education (VIIBRE) doing research on microfluidics and organ-on-chip devices under Dr. Dmitry Markov and Dr. Lisa McCawley. Specifically, she focused on the integration of organ-on-chip devices modeling the blood-brain barrier and breast tissue to study breast cancer metastasis to the brain in vitro. Emily is currently testing collagen degradation rates in response to inflammatory enzymes using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), and future work will hopefully be on applying organic electrochemical transistor devices in neural engineering. In her free time she likes reading, playing hockey and field hockey, backpacking, kayaking, hanging out with her cat Olly.


 
Ruiheng Wu  |  RuihengWu2023@u.northwestern.edu    Graduate Student   Ruiheng earned his B.Sc. in Chemistry with a minor in Math in 2018 from Peking University. He was a member of Prof. Junrong Zheng’s lab and spent a lot of time on ultrafast laser spectroscopy and different microscope systems. He joined Northwestern as a chemistry Ph.D student in 2018. He loves photography, art and history in his spare time.

Ruiheng Wu | RuihengWu2023@u.northwestern.edu

Graduate Student

Ruiheng earned his B.Sc. in Chemistry with a minor in Math in 2018 from Peking University. He was a member of Prof. Junrong Zheng’s lab and spent a lot of time on ultrafast laser spectroscopy and different microscope systems. He joined Northwestern as a chemistry Ph.D student in 2018. He loves photography, art and history in his spare time.

Lily Dalka  |  LilyDalka2019@u.northwestern.edu    Graduate Student   Lily is pursuing a BS/MS combined degree in biomedical engineering at Northwestern. She has played trumpet in Northwestern's marching band, basketball band, and concert band. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for women, and so happy to play in a jazz band. Her research focuses on material degradation studies.

Lily Dalka | LilyDalka2019@u.northwestern.edu

Graduate Student

Lily is pursuing a BS/MS combined degree in biomedical engineering at Northwestern. She has played trumpet in Northwestern's marching band, basketball band, and concert band. She is an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity for women, and so happy to play in a jazz band. Her research focuses on material degradation studies.

 

Alumni

Post-doctoral fellows

Vishak Venkatraman - 2019

Undergraduates

Beatrice Makdah - 2018
Kyle Rutledge - 2017
Yudai Okabe - 2017
Katrina Barth (Wake Forest) - 2017

Visiting students

Yu Zhang (CUHK) - 2018
Xudong Ji (HKU) - 2018