News & Events

The Department of Bioengineering hosted the Bioengineering Graduate Group Research Symposium on Tuesday, January 8th. The event was organized with the help of P.h.D student and lab member Brittany Scheid (left) who acted as Co-Chair.

Ph.D. student and lab member Nicolette Driscoll (right) gave a talk titled "Carbon nanomaterials for neural interfaces" which was awarded 2nd place out of all student research talks.

Congratulations to Nicki and Brittany on a successful event!

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:30am

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Brian Litt are pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Preya Shah.
Title: Quantitative multimodal mapping of seizure networks in drug-resistant epilepsy 

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Raisler Lounge, Room 225 Towne Building
The public is welcome to attend.

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 3:45pm

Dr. Flavia Vitale has been awarded the McCabe Fellow Award on July 13, 2018.The McCabe awards were established in 1969 by a generous gift from Mr. Thomas B. McCabe and Mrs. Jeannette E. Laws McCabe to the Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM). The purpose of this gift is to support junior faculty who initiate fresh and innovative biomedical and surgical research projects.

Sunday, July 01, 2018 - 3:45pm

Dr. Flavia Vitale has been appointed as Assistant Professor within the Department of Neurology and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) at The University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Vitale is a core collaborator in the Litt Lab with research focused on nanofabrication and development of novel bioelectronic devices for recording and neuromodulation in the brain.

Applications are now being accepted by Penn Health-Tech and the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation for funding to support medical device development projects that address unmet clinical needs.

Possible project proposals may include:

Dr. Shawniqua Williams has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University. She will also be joining the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group. 

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Bioengineering 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.

Flavia Vitale and Dr. Samantha Santacruz (UC Berkeley) organized and co-chaired a Mini-symposium on Innovative Approaches for Multimodal Neural Interfaces at the 2017 Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC. 
Flavia also presented her talk entitled, "Fluidic microdrives for minimal invasive implantation of flexible neural microelectrodes.”

Shawniqua Williams presents a Dynamic Poster Presentation, “Spatiotemporal neuronal activation patterns associated with self-paced verbal fluency utterances”

Shawniqua had been selected for a Dynamic Poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting in Washington DC, held in November 2017. She presented her work: “Spatiotemporal neuronal activation patterns associated with self-paced verbal fluency utterances” (photo featured).

In October 2017, Flavia gave a talk entitled, "Evaluation of impedance and in vivo recording performance of extracellular matrix-coated neural microelectrodes,” at the 2017 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference, in Phoenix .
Then in December 2017, Flavia presented her work on “Design and in vivo evaluation of dynamic, flexible microelectrodes for mapping epileptic networks at high-resolution” at the 2017 American Epilepsy Society Meeting, Washington DC.