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Principal Investigator

Prof. Jonatrivnay-headshot-crophan Rivnay  |  jrivnay@
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.


Post Doctoral Fellows

140923_Vishak Portrait-7finalVishak Venkatraman  | venkat@
Vishak received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 2017 from University of Cincinnati, USA. His research, under the supervision of Prof. Andrew Steckl, was focused on the development of Lab on Chip biosensor devices with integrated organic optoelectronic devices. Currently at Rivnay’s Lab, his focus will be on developing sensitive organic bioelectronic devices for medical applications. Vishak, during his free time, enjoys Indian classical music and riding his bike. He also enjoys teaching and has academia as his professional career goal.


Graduate Students

final2017_0603 picture for Rivnay Lab siteMayra Celene Cortez Alcaraz |
Mayra earned her B.Sc. in Bioengineering in 2016 from the University of California Riverside (Riverside, CA) with University Honors as a MARC U STAR Scholar. She spent 2016-17 as a Junior Specialist in Dr. Monica Carson’s Immunology Laboratory at the University of California Riverside before joining the Ph.D. Program in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in 2017 as a IMSD/CLIMB student.



ReemHeadshot1Reem Rashid |
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. She joined Northwestern as a PhD student in 2017. In her free time she likes to run and cook.


Visiting Students/Researchers

Yu Zhang (CUHK; 2018)


Undergraduate, Summer students

Beatrice Makdah (NU BME; 2017-2018)

Yudai Okabe (NU BME; 2017)

Kyle Rutledge (NU BME; 2017)

Katrina Barth (Wake Forest; 2017)