Lab Personnel

Brian Litt, MD

Brian Litt, MD
Lab Director

Brian Litt, M.D., is Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Epilepsy Center. He is one of the world's leading authorities on Neuroengineering, implantable brain devices and Neurotechnology, particularly for epilepsy. A clinician, scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, Dr. Litt divides his time between directing the Penn Epilepsy Center, Penn's Center for Neuroengineering and Therapeutics, Penn Health-Tech, a new university wide effort to bring new technologies from Penn scientists to patients, and his Philadelphia startup, Blackfynn. Dr. Litt has an Engineering degree from Harvard, received his MD and training in Medicine and Neurology from Johns Hopkins, and has served on the faculty at Hopkins, Emory University, Georgia Tech and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Litt's research focuses on Neuroengineering, specifically hardware, algorithms, machine learning, and high speed computing for implantable devices. He is a co-founder of Blackfynn, MC10 and IntelliMedix, and has contributed enabling technology to NeuroPace, NeuroVista, Medtronic, LevoNova among others. Dr. Litt has authored over 130 peer-reviewed papers, 17 patents, and received numerous honors and awards, including Dana, Klingenstein, Whitaker, Brain Research and Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Fellowships; and research innovation awards from the leading professional organizations in Neurology, Epilepsy and Bioengineering. He serves as an advisor to the NIH/NSF/White House BRAIN Initiative and is on the Editorial Board of Science Translational Medicine. He has mentored over 50 graduate students and postdoctoral Fellows who serve as leaders in academia, industry and government worldwide.

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Core Collaborators

Kathryn Davis, MD
Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

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Timothy Lucas, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department of Neurosurgery

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Flavia Vitale, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology

Smit Scholar

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Research Administration

Carolyn Wilkinson, RN, BSN
Associate Director
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Jacqueline Boccanfuso, MRA
Clinical Research IT Specialist
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Ruth Krieger, JD
Grants, IRB, Education
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Everett Prince
Administrative Coordinator
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Kelly Oechsel, BS
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Magda Wernovsky
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Ryan Archer
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Clinical Scientists

Leah Blank, MD, MPH
Instructor

Department of Neurology

Mirowski Scholar

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Colin Ellis, MD
Instructor

Department of Neurology

Mirowski Scholar

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Fadi Mikhail, MD
Instructor

Department of Neurology

Mirowski Scholar

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Erin Conrad, MD
Resident

Department of Neurology

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Pouya Khankhanian, MD
Fellow

Department of Neurology

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Post-Doctoral Fellows

Nicholas Apollo, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department of Bioengineering

Mirowski Scholar

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Arian Ashourvan, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Department of Bioengineering

Mirowski Scholar

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MD/PhD Students

John Bernabei

Perelman School of Medicine

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Preya Shah

Perelman School of Medicine

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Steven Baldassano

Perelman School of Medicine

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Lohith Kini

Perelman School of Medicine

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Hoameng Ung

Perelman School of Medicine

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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PhD Students

Nicolette Driscoll

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Smit Scholar

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Brendan Murphy

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Smit Scholar

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Brittany Scheid

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Master’s Students

Arjun Shankar

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Placid Unegbu

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Christopher Painter

School of Engineering and Applied Science

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Ishan Singhal

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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Lab Interns

Thomas Campbell Arnold
Scott Massa
Olaoluwa Owoputi
Kayla Prezelski
Yueqi Ren
Andre Revell
Maria Turner
Theordore Wang
Matthew Zwimpfer