Current Members

Principal Investigator

Jonathan Viventi

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

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

PhD Students

Brinnae Bent

Ph.D. Student

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

Mackenna Hill

Ph.D. Student

I have always been interested in how the brain functions. I became involved with the brain in a research setting at the University of Michigan Depression and Anxiety clinic where I worked to develop a computer training to help treat Social Anxiety Disorder and PTSD. Although I have yet to find... More

Kay Palopoli

Ph.D. Student

My current work in the lab focuses on safe and effective stimulation of the brain through minimally invasive µECOG arrays. Previously, I evaluated the long term reliability of many of these arrays, manufactured through varying methods with different materials. I also test and... More

Michael Trumpis

Ph.D. Student

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

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


Claire Dong

Undergraduate Research Assistant

As a sophomore in ECE, I am interested in electrophysiology and the applications of electrical engineering in medicine. In the lab, I am currently working on fabricating μECoG electrode arrays for implantation and neural recording in rats, as well as evaluating the long-term reliability of these... More

Rishika Gundi

Undergraduate Research Assistant

McKenzy Heavlin

High School Student

Working through the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Mentorship program, I am able to assist Viventi Labs while I expand my knowledge of the biomedical engineering field. My knowledge and experience in biomedical engineering is small but expanding rapidly; something that, I hope... More

Rhianne Hsu

Undergraduate Research Assistant

My interest in neural engineering, and the nervous system in general, stems from early exposure to neurology, psychology, and medicine. As a sophomore in biomedical engineering, working in the Viventi Lab allows me to further understand the intersection of these topics, an area which I hope to... More

Alonso Trejo-Mora

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Piqued by the evolving field of electrode development, I seek to apply my Electrical and Computer Engineering background to the improvement of electrode array development and analysis. I have begun submitting batches of electrodes to Long Term Reliability testing and learning fabrication methods... More