Principal Investigator:

Aida Ebrahimi
Assistant Professor
Pennsylvania State University
Department of Electrical Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering (through Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, IGDP)
Department of Bioengineering (through IGDP)
Materials Research Institute

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)

As of August 2017, Dr. Ebrahimi has been a faculty member of the Department of Electrical Engineering and a faculty of the Department of Materials and Science Engineering and Department of Bioengineering through the Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP). Prof. Ebrahimi’s research revolves around developing novel sensory platforms for healthcare and environmental monitoring, study/functionalization/application of 2D materials for biochemical sensing, and study of cellular biophysics using lab-on-chip platforms. Dr. Ebrahimi is a recipient of several awards and scholarships for outstanding research performance, including the 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 Biophysical Society (invited), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), and the American Physical Society (APS).


Adam Bolotsky, PhD Student, Materials Science and Engineering
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 mainly focuses on development of nanobiosensors for studying bacterial response to environmental stimulation.




Keren Zhou, PhD Student, Electrical Engineering
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
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. 




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.





Ritvik (Rikki) Muralidharan, Graduate student (MSc), Electrical Engineering
Rikki’s senior design project was on light-based analysis of pathogens. Rikki is currently working on printable and flexible bioelectronics for his master degree thesis.




Lindsey Goodnight, Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG), Schreyer Honors College, Electrical Engineering
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.




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. 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.

Group photos:

Group dinner; End of Fall 2018 Semester.



Tunan Xia, Visiting Scholar, Physics Department
Tunan is 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.