Dr. Davis to Lecture at 33rd International Epilepsy Congress

From June 22-26, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) will hold its major biennial event in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Davis’s lecture will be given as part of the XV Workshop on Neurobiology of Epilepsy (WONEOP). The major topic of WONOEP XV will be to discuss working definitions and classification schemes for epileptic seizures across the lifespan, improve methods of seizure recognition, detection, and classification and facilitate translation across species.

To read more about the event, click here.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 Graduates!

Bioengineering Master’s Students

Arjun Shankar

Christopher Painter

Placid Unegbu

Matthew Zimpfer

Bioengineering Undergraduates

Kayla Prezelski

Theodore Wang

Preya Shah

Preya Shah to receive the Sol Pollack Award

Preya Shah
Dr. Preya Shah has been selected to receive the Sol Pollack Award. This award is given annually to the most deserving bioengineering graduate student who has successfully completed research that is original and recognized as being at the forefront of its field.
Preya recently completed her doctoral dissertation titled Quantitative multimodal mapping of seizure networks in drug-resistant epilepsy.

Congratulations Preya!

Funding Available! T32 Training Grant Applications OPEN!

Applications are NOW OPEN for Dr. Litt’s NIH Neuroengineering and Medicine T32 Training Grant.

To begin your application complete this form.

Goal: to train predoctoral engineering students and physician postdoctoral fellows in neuroengineering and its clinical translation, including device development, neuro-stimulation, machine learning, algorithm development, cloud computing, nanotechnology, and materials science

Funding: covers stipend, tuition, travel and research supplies for 1-2 years

  • 2 Predoctoral trainees: Engineering PhD students who have completed their course work
  • 2 Postdoctoral trainees: MD clinical fellows (preferably)
  • Trainees must be US citizens or resident aliens (green card holders)

Applications due by Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm

To begin your application complete this form.

Research proposal presentations to the T32 review panel will take place Wednesday, May 15, 2019

More Information: on Litt Lab website under Education & Outreach and on the CNT website.

Part-Time Research Assistant Position Available

The CNT is looking for a highly motivated, independent, detail-oriented student for a part-time research assistant position. This individual will be assisting various researchers with projects that involve pre-processing, de-identifying, and organizing of clinical EEG, MRI, and medical history data. The Center is seeking a one-year commitment for this position.

  • Excel and REDCAP experience preferred.
  • Familiarity with Linux/Python/MatLab preferred.

Up to 20 hours per week – $12.80 per hour.

Please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter to Carolyn Wilkinson at wilkinsc@seas.upenn.edu.

Dayo Adewole co-founder of InstaHub

Dayo Adewole, Ph.D. candidate and trainee to Dr. Brian Litt’s NaM T32 Training Grant has co-founded the innovative company InstaHub along with co-founder Michael Wong.

InstaHub is an automated system that uses machine learning to turn off light switches and help users lower energy expenses as well as their carbon footprint.  Dayo and Michael have participated in multiple accelerators, received various grants/investments, appeared on radio shows and won multiple competitions for InstaHub.

View InstaHub’s website here.



BE Graduate Group Research Symposium

The Department of Bioengineering hosted the Bioengineering Graduate Group Research Symposium on Tuesday, January 8th. The event was organized with the help of P.h.D student and lab member Brittany Scheid (right) who acted as Co-Chair.

Ph.D. student and lab member Nicolette Driscoll (left) gave a talk titled “Carbon nanomaterials for neural interfaces” which was awarded 2nd place out of all student research talks.

Congratulations to Nicki and Brittany on a successful event!

Dr. Litt as Invited Speaker at the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting

Dr. Brian Litt has been chosen as an Invited Speaker at this year’s Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting in Boston, MA.

The title of his talk is Engineering the Next Generation of Neurodevices—New Materials and Clinical Translation.

Abstract: The incidence of neurological disorders like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, addiction, and major mental illness is growing, as the world’s population ages. Response to medications for these conditions has plateaued, paving the way for a revolution in implantable devices as the next wave of effective treatments for these “brain network disorders.” Key to developing these new devices are advances in computation, batteries, sensors and closed loop algorithms. New and more versatile materials are one of the main requirements and drivers of innovation in new medical devices and technologies. In this lecture I will outline major applications in the area of neurodevices/ brain computer interfaces, present unmet needs, and discuss the path to clinically translate innovations from the laboratory to patients. I will give examples from our own research and other labs on this path, touch on common failure modes and novel tools for collaboration, bringing engineers, clinicians and industry together to advance clinical care.

For more information of the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting: website

Preya Shah

Preya Shah to Present Doctoral Dissertation Defense

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Brian Litt are pleasedPreya Shah to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Defense of Preya Shah.
Title: Quantitative multimodal mapping of seizure networks in drug-resistant epilepsy
Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Raisler Lounge, Room 225 Towne Building
The public is welcome to attend.