Current Members

Principal Investigator

Jonathan Viventi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
j.viventi@duke.edu

Dr. Viventi’s research uses flexible electronics to create new technology for interfacing with the brain at high resolution over large areas. These new tools can help diagnose and treat neurological disorders such as epilepsy, and help improve the performance of brain machine interfaces.

Research Scientists

Charles Wang

Research Scientist

Chunxiu Yu

Research Scientist

Chunxiu Yu is a research scientist in the Department of Biomedical Engineering working with Dr. Jonathon Viventi and Dr. Warren Grill. Her work in the Viventi’s lab focuses on examining the long-term recording stability of chronically implanted micro-electrocorticography (µECoG) arrays in freely... More

Postdoctoral Fellows

Virginia Woods

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
virginia.woods@duke.edu

My research focuses on device reliability and high-density stimulation strategies for implantable medical devices. I have training in bioengineering and neuroscience through my undergraduate engineering program, and a PhD in biomedical engineering. My broader academic interests include analog... More

PhD Students

Brinnae Bent

Ph.D. Student
brinnae.bent@duke.edu

My passion for neural engineering stems from the caregiving roles I held at an Alzheimer’s nursing home and with Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin. In my current role in the Viventi Lab, I am working towards advancing our understanding of the brain and neurological disorders through the... More

Ken Chiang

Ph.D. Student
ken.chiang@duke.edu

Michael Trumpis

Ph.D. Student
michael.trumpis@duke.edu

I am an electrical engineer by training, with a fondness for timeseries analysis, inverse problems, machine learning, and open source science software. As a student of timeseries, I stumbled into electrophysiology over a decade ago and have never yet gotten over the wonder of the brain's... More

Ashley Williams

Ph.D. Student
ashley.j.williams@duke.edu

My work focuses on designing novel electrode geometries and increasing the spatial density of electrode contacts of our flexible µECoG electrodes to obtain higher spatial resolution of brain activity. I am also exploring the use of materials such as Liquid Crystal Polymer and... More

Undergraduates

Kay Palopoli

Undergraduate (2017)

Hello, I’m Kay, an undergraduate senior. I’m majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with a Bioelectricity concentration, as well as earning a certificate in Genome Sciences and Policy. My main focus in lab is electrode testing. Specifically, I evaluate the long term reliability of µECOG arrays... More

Christian Song

Undergraduate (2017)

I'm a current senior majoring in biomedical engineering and electrical and computer engineering. My work is focused on the behavioral training of animals for attention related tasks, and in the coming months, I will be researching its effects on the decoding of neural data and exploring various... More

Kathryn Vera

Undergraduate (2019)

David Whisler

Undergraduate (2017)

I am a senior undergraduate pursuing a double major in Biomedical and Electrical engineering. My current projects in the lab include PCB layout design of new electrodes, mechanical design of new primate headstages, and fabrication of passive electrodes in the clean room at the SMIF facility on... More