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Research Associates

Vincenzo Curto

Vincenzo Fabio Curto received his BSc and MSc both in Chemical Engineering from the University of Palermo in 2010, Italy. In 2013, he earned his PhD from Dublin City University under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond, working on the development wearable microfluidic chemo/bio-sensors for sports applications. He was then awarded by the EC with a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) to developed microfluidic cell culture systems coupled with on-line electronics monitoring systems. This work was carried out in the Department of Bioelectronics of the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne (France). As a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge, he is developing high-density neural probes for speech rehabilitation under the BrainCom FET project.


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Alexandra Rutz received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2011 (IL, USA). In 2016, she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA) where she engineered hydrogel bioinks for 3D printing tissues and organs. With support from the Whitaker International Scholars Program and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellowship, Alexandra is developing penetrating neural electrodes with improved in vivo biocompatibility and enhanced long-term function.

Email: • @AlexandraLRutz


Alejandro Carnicer Lombarte received his BA in Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2013. In 2014, he received his MSc in Neuroscience from University College London, where he designed and developed biocompatible thick-film electrode arrays. Through the MRC/Sackler Doctoral Training Programme, Alejandro studied the link between mechanics and implant rejection, and developed chronically-stable soft neural implants as part of his PhD thesis. With support from the Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Alej is currently developing peripheral nerve prostheses in collaboration with the group of Prof. Jenny Morton.


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Sanggil Han is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2018 and MSc from Seoul National University in 2013, both in Electrical Engineering. He worked at Hynix, Korea. He has a strong background in device physics and material characterization. His current research focuses on the development of implantable probes that combine metabolite and ion sensors with electrophysiology devices.




Chen Jiang received his BSc in engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 2014. In 2019, he earned his PhD in engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK, working on ultra-low-power fully-printed organic transistors. He was a recipient of the IEEE Electron Devices Society PhD Student Fellowship 2018 and was also the winner of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research Award 2018. With support from the Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Chen is currently working on cochlear implants, including electrical stimulus spread in cochleae, 3D printed artificial cochleae, and micro-fabricated electrode arrays for stimulation/recording, in  collaboration with the group of Prof. Manohar Bance.


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Johannes Gurke received his diploma as well as his doctoral degree both in physical organic chemistry from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany in 2019. Under guidance of Prof. Stefan Hecht he gained detailed experience in the design, preparation, and characterization of various molecular photoswitches. In his past research he successfully interconnected photochemical with acid-base equilibria, achieving among others a significant, light-induced pKa-change without thermal interconversion. As a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge he aims for the merging of photopharmacology with implantable optoelectronics and electrophoretic drug delivery. His research is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


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Magda Gerigk received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology in 2012 and her MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Molecular Biology in 2013, both from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. From 2014 to 2015 she worked within the Department of Cell, Integrative and Developmental Biology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, where she used mouse models of brain tumours to study gliomagenesis. From 2015 to 2019 she undertook a PhD project within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Working in Dr Yan Yan Shery Huang’s Biointerface group, Magda developed and validated a microfluidic-based platform for investigating the interactions between brain tumour stem cells and normal brain vasculature. As a post-doctoral researcher funded by EPSRC IRC in Targeted Delivery for Hard-to-Treat Cancers, her current focus is on developing an implantable drug delivery device that could be used for the treatment of brain cancer.


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Ivan B. Dimov received his MChem in chemistry from Oxford University, with a final year project in droplet interface bilayers, supervised by Prof. Hagan Bayley. He then moved to the University of Cambridge, for a PhD, as part of the EPSRC NanoDTC. His project was on mechanically matching neuroelectronic devices to brain and nerve tissue, supervised jointly by Dr. Kristian Franze and Prof. Henning Sirringhaus. Currently, Ivan is doing a postdoc in the Bioelectronic laboratory, in the area of wearable bioelectronics, as part of the EPSRC-funded PNEUMACRIT project for monitoring lung function in pre-term infants.


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Alexander Boys received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, US) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, US), where he was co-advised by Prof. Lara Estroff and Prof. Lawrence Bonassar. Alex’s Ph.D. research focused on the characterization and subsequent tissue engineering of orthopedic interfaces through an F31 Fellowship from the US NIH and an EAPSI Fellowship from the US NSF. Alex began his postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge in 2019, working on bioelectronic tissue engineered systems with Dr. Róisín Owens in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Alex is currently working jointly with Dr. Owens and Prof. Malliaras through a HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship on the development of tissue engineered neural implants for the gut.