Staff

Carolyn Wilkinson, BSN

Associate Director

wilkinsc@seas.upenn.edu

Jacqueline Boccanfuso

Clinical Research IT Specialist

jacb@seas.upenn.edu

Brad Litt

Clinical Research Coordinator

bradlitt@seas.upenn.edu

Magda Wernovsky

Clinical Research Coordinator

magdaw@seas.upenn.edu

Ashley Tranquille

Clinical Research Coordinator

ashleytr@seas.upenn.edu

Dhanya Mahesh

Clinical Research Coordinator

dhanyam@seas.upenn.edu

Joshua Asuncion

Data Analyst

asuncion@seas.upenn.edu

Jenaye Johnson

Research Assistant

jenayej@seas.upenn.edu

Nishant Sinha, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Nishant’s research interest is in understanding brain organization in health and disease. He
focuses on mapping and understanding epileptic networks. Clinically, these epileptic
networks are disrupted by therapies such as brain surgery, stimulation, or
pharmacotherapy. He studies why some patients recover fully after therapy while others do
not. Nishant makes virtual models of the human brain by combining neuroimaging,
electrophysiology, and routinely collected patient data. These virtual brains are
individualized representations of a patient, calibrated by their data, and provide a testbed for
clinical experimentation. Nishant studies how the brain networks reorganize due to therapy
and makes predictions that complement clinical decision-making.

nishants@seas.upenn.edu

Brendan Murpy, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Brendan's primary focuses lie in the design, fabrication, and characterization of wearable biopotential recording devices based on the highly conductive 2D nanomaterial titanium carbide MXene (Ti3C2Tx). His published work includes an MXene-based high-density surface electromyography (HDsEMG) array for improved EMG recording compared to clinical standards. His current research explores MXene-based electrodes for electrocardiography (ECG), with a specific focus on benchmarking their performance under motion artifact tasks compared to state-of-the-art clinical electrodes. Much of Brendan's work incorporates traditional materials science and electrochemical characterization techniques, such as Raman spectroscopy, XRD, impedance spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry.

bremu@seas.upenn.edu

Mehrnaz Mojtabavi, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Mehrnaz’s research interest is using multidisciplinary techniques to design, develop, and validate novel biosensors and bioelectronics to directly improve the quality of life and patient outcomes through translational approaches. In the Vitale lab, her work focuses on disseminating novel human-scale devices based on nanomaterials, such as MXenes, for studying, diagnosing, and treating neurological disorders with the focus on addressing clinician and patient needs and the goal of translating them into full-scale technologies.

mehrnazm@seas.upenn.edu

Raghav Garg, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Raghav’s research interests lie in investigating the bioelectronic basis of neurological and muscular function in both healthy and diseased states. His current research focuses on developing novel input-output bioelectronic platforms for understanding and modulating neuronal and muscular electrophysiology. His work involves a multidisciplinary approach that combines materials, electronic, and biomedical engineering for clinically translation of the developed bioelectronics.

graghav@seas.upenn.edu

Doris Xu

Research Assistant

xudo@seas.upenn.edu