Current Members

Principal Investigator

Jonathan Viventi

Jonathan Viventi

Associate Professor 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. [...]

PhD Students

Katrina Barth

Katrina Barth

PhD Student

katrina.barth@duke.edu

My interest in the field of neural electronics began as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University researching organic materials for use in thin-film transistors. This work introduced me to the many applications of flexible electronics, and I became especially fascinated by their use in [...]

Suseendrakumar Duraivel

Suseendrakumar Duraivel

PhD Student

suseendrakumar.duraivel@duke.edu

Being trained in electrical engineering, I got interested in neuroscience when I had an opportunity to attend deep brain stimulation surgeries at the University of Michigan. Further, examining neural signals in Parkinson patients for DBS targeting has motivated me to pursue my Ph.D. in the [...]

Mackenna Hill

Mackenna Hill

PhD Student

mackenna.hill@duke.edu

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 [...]

Iakov Rachinskiy

Iakov Rachinskiy

PhD Student

iakov.rachinskiy@duke.edu

Having both great interest in the human nervous system and in designing solutions within the medical field, I found neural engineering as a great opportunity to combine my passions. I am currently working on developing high-density, chronically implantable devices with wireless communication [...]

Ceci Schmitz

Ceci Schmitz

PhD Student

cecilia.schmitz@duke.edu

My background in electrical engineering and interest in neurological disorders fostered a curiosity about how to interact with the nervous system using medical devices. As an undergraduate, I performed data analysis research with neural sensors for electroencephalography (EEG) and [...]

Gabriella Shull

Gabriella Shull

PhD Student

gabriella.shull@duke.edu

I am currently exploring creating high bandwidth, novel neural interfaces in the Viventi lab. I started my career as an undergraduate researcher in an organ-in-a-chips lab modeling the small intestine to characterize drug toxicity. During my undergraduate studies I also worked in an inorganic [...]

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

PhD Student

evan.smith@duke.edu

I am currently developing low-noise instrumentation and wireless solutions for neural interfaces. My interest in neural engineering was affirmed in serving as a research and development engineer in Duke’s Brain Stimulation Engineering Lab, following graduation from the University of North [...]

Zac Spalding

Zac Spalding

PhD Student

zac.spalding@duke.edu

My interests in neural engineering grew from seeing how a patient’s neural signals could be harnessed to restore motor ability to those who have lost such functions. From this, I became fascinated by how advances in signal processing enabled brain-computer interfaces to perform increasingly [...]

Ruth Verrinder

Ruth Verrinder

PhD Student

I studied biomedical engineering at the University of California, Merced, and became interested in medical device design for neurological disorders as a junior undergraduate. As a Ph.D. student in Dr. Viventi’s lab, I am interested in developing minimally invasive, high resolution recording [...]