People


Principal Investigator:

Aida Ebrahimi
Assistant Professor
Scialog Fellow in Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease
SPARC Fellow in Clinical-Research Exchange
Pennsylvania State University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering (courtesy)
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (affiliation)
Materials Research Institute

Education:
Ph. D. Purdue University, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Microelectronics and Nanotechnology)
M. Sc. University of Tehran, ECE (Semiconductor Devices)
B. Sc. University of Tehran, ECE (Telecommunications)

Dr. Ebrahimi is an assistant professor of Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering (BME; courtesy), and Materials Science and Engineering (MatSe; courtesy). She also serves as a MatSe and BME faculty of the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) at Penn State. Dr. Ebrahimi’s research revolves around developing novel non-enzymatic biosensors for point-of-care testing, printable devices, electrochemistry of 2D materials, and developing sensors for in situ study of microorganisms (such as bacteria) and drug screening. Dr. Ebrahimi is a recipient of several awards and scholarships for outstanding research performance, including SPARC Clinical-Research Exchange Fellowship (Penn State, 2020), Scialog Fellow in Microbiome, Neurobiology and Disease (Research Corporation for Science Advancement, 2020), the Materials-Life Science Convergence Award (Penn State, 2018), the Humanitarian Materials Award (Penn State, 2017), Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship Award (Purdue University, 2015), Rising Star in EECS (MIT, 2015), and Meissner Fellowship Award (Purdue University, 2011). Dr. Ebrahimi is a member of the IEEE Electron Device Society (EDS), the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the Electrochemical Society (ECS), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and the American Physical Society (APS).

Students:

PhD Students


Vinay Chandrasekhar, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering (joined: TBD)
Vinay received his integrated MSc and BSc degree in July 2020 from IIIT Bangalore, India. He is a recipient of the 2020-21 Leighton Riess Graduate Fellowship in Engineering at Penn State.

 

 

 

 

 


Keren Zhou, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering (joined: Fall 2018)
Keren received his Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic Science & Technology from The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China in 2017. His previous research includes the synthesis of nanomaterials (graphene, CNTs, and TMDs) used for energy storage and conversion. His current research focuses on multimodal electrochemical & optical sensors for antibacterial susceptibility testing.

 

 

 


Derrick Butler, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering (joined: Fall 2018)
Derrick received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Vermont in December 2015. In 2016, he moved to the University of Pennsylvania and received his Master’s of Science in Engineering in Materials Science in 2017. He is currently a Research Adjunct in the Electrical Engineering department at Penn State University and will start his PhD studies in Fall 2018. His research mainly focuses on developing electrochemical point-of-care biosensors for detection of various bio-analytes, including neurotransmitters, oxidative stress markers, carbohydrates, etc. 

 

 

 

Master of Science Degree


Lindsey Goodnight, Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG), Schreyer Honors College, Electrical Engineering (joined: Fall 2017)
Lindsey works on synthesizing catalytic structures for integration with flexible sensors for environmental monitoring. She has been also working on bacterial culture and imaging for cryptography applications.

 

 

 


Adam Bolotsky, MSc Student, Materials Science and Engineering (joined: Fall 2018)
Adam received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Science at The Pennsylvania State University in December 2017. His previous research was in the area of cancer-related signalling pathways and more recently, the synthesis of 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMD’s). His current research focuses on development of reagent-free electrochemical biosensors for in situ detection of bacterial viability.

 

 

Undergraduate Degree


Madison Ebersole, Undergraduate student, Honors Engineering Science (joined: Fall 2019)
Madison is double minoring in Engineering Leadership Development and Electronic and Photonic Materials. At E-Bio-E Lab she is working on developing low-cost, laser-based material processing for identification of organic pollutants (for environmental monitoring). Outside of the lab, Madison enjoys running, cooking, and playing the saxophone in the Penn State pep band!

 

 

 


Xiaotian Tang, Undergraduate Student, Electrical Engineering (joined: Fall 2019)
Xiaotian joined E-Bio-E Lab in Fall 2019. He is a junior undergraduate in EE (Dean’s List). His research interests are circuit design and electronics for biomedical applications. After class, he likes to work out in gym.

 

 

 

 

 


Cassandra Nunez, Undergraduate Student, Electrical Engineering (joined: Fall 2019)
Cassandra is a Millennium Scholar who joined e-Bio-e lab in the fall of 2019. Her research interests include biophysics and electronics for biomedical applications. Outside of the lab, Cassi enjoys ballroom dancing, singing, and reading.

 

 

 


Kayla Root, Undergraduate Student, Microbiology and Physics (dual major (joined: Fall 2019)
Kayla
is an undergraduate student studying microbiology and physics at Penn State. She joined E-Bio-E lab in Fall 2019. Her career ambitions are to one day be a veterinarian as well as to develop integrative medical devices that can provide pet owners with instant notice any time their pet needs medical attention. Outside of schoolwork, she is in the Penn State Archery Club, is president of her own company Kayla Nicole Cosmetics, and works on furthering diversity education through her nonprofit Beyond Equality.

 


Caroline Brustoloni, Undergraduate Student, Freshman (joined: Fall 2020)
Caroline is a Millennium Scholar and Schreyer Honors College student majoring in Electrical Engineering. She joined E-Bio-E lab in Fall 2020, and her research interests include health and environmental sensors and brain-computer interfacing. Outside of academics, Caroline enjoys writing poetry, hiking, crossfit, and creating hands-on STEM exposure projects with Penn State’s Society of Women Engineers chapter.

Graduated students:

Ritvik Muralidharan, MSc Degree in Electrical Engineering, 2020 (Link to MSc Thesis: https://etda.libraries.psu.edu/catalog/17669rqm5425)

Ritvik Muralidharan, BSc Degree in Electrical Engineering, 2018

 

Alumni:


Current position: 
Research Scientist, Children’s National Hospital, Washington DC

Ritvik (Rikki) Muralidharan, MSc: 2018-2020; BSc: 2017-2018, Electrical Engineering
Rikki joined the group in Fall 2017 as an undergraduate researcher. Rikki’s senior design project was on light-based analysis of pathogens. In 2018, Rikki started his graduate studies under supervision of Dr. Ebrahimi. Rikki’s MSc thesis was on developing printable and flexible bioelectronics based on low-cost 2D and 3D graphene.

 

 

 


Krishnan
Mekkanamkulam Ananthanarayanan, Visiting Undergrad student, Mechanical Engineering
Krishnan is a visiting student from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, India. He joined E-Bio-E Lab in Spring 2020. His previous research includes synthesis of composite electrodes for Lithium ion batteries based on nanomaterials (graphene). At Penn State, he will be advised by Dr. Ebrahimi and Dr. Kayyalha. In his free time, he likes to teach children, play basketball and he is also a classical Indian percussionist (Instrument: Mrudangam).

 

 


Varasiddhi Jayasuryaa Govindraj, Visiting Undergrad Student, Electronics and Communication Engineering
Jayasuryaa is a visiting scholar from Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetam, Bangalore, India. He joined E-Bio-E Lab in Spring 2020. His previous work includes the Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease using Speech Processing Techniques. His main research interests are Signal Processing, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Apart from that, he is very passionate about photography and has attended many photowalks in his hometown.


Current position:
Collins Aerospace, United Technologies Corporation (UTC)
Javier Rodriguez, University of Puerto Rico, Mechanical Engineering

Javier is a rising senior from The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. He joined Ebrahimi group in Summer 2019 on a grant from NSF: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). He is working with Adam on device fabrication using 2D materials.

 

 


Vinay Chandrasekhar, Visiting undergraduate student, Electrical Engineering
Vinay is a visiting undergraduate student from IIIT Bangalore, India. He is a recipient of the prestigious S. N. Bose Fellowship to gain research experience at E-Bio-E lab in Summer 2019. His research interests revolve around the fusion of electronics, biology, and robotics to create wearable devices and sensors. In his free times, he enjoys watching birds, the sky, and exploring the nature.

 

 

 

 


Current position:
PostDoctoral Scholar, Penn State University
Chengye Dong, Visiting PhD Student, Electrical Engineering
Chengye is a visiting scholar from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He works with Dr. Ebrahimi and Dr. Robinson (Materials Science and Engineering). His research interests are growth and sensor application of 2D materials.

 

 

 

 


Current position:
PhD Student, Penn State University
Tunan Xia, Visiting Scholar, Physics Department
Tunan joined our group in Summer 2018 as a visiting undergraduate student from Nanjing University. His project revolves around development and testing of non-enzymatic glucose sensors. He is working with Derrick on this project.

 

 

 

 

 

Mukunth Parthasarathy: PhD Student (lab rotation), Biomedical Engineering, Spring 2018

Gaurav Ramesh Datta: MSc Student, Electrical Engineering, Fall 2017