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Principal Investigator

Tao Zhou, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

The Pennsylvania State University

Education and Experience

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Postdoc Associate, Mechanical Engineering


Harvard University

Postdoc Fellow, Chemistry and Chemical Biology


Harvard University

Ph.D., Chemical Physics


Tsinghua University

M.S., Chemistry


Tsinghua University

B.S., Chemistry

         Computer Science

Dr. Zhou is an assistant professor at Penn State University in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering. He is also a core faculty member of the Center for Neural Engineering (CNE) and affiliated with Huck Institutes of The Life Sciences and Materials Research Institute. Dr. Zhou received his B.S. from Tsinghua University with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Computer Science, followed by M.S. studies at Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (2019) from Harvard University, where he worked on mesh electronics for brain-machine interface in the laboratory of Prof. Charles Lieber. He then conducted postdoc research at MIT in the laboratory of Prof. Xuanhe Zhao, where he worked on conducting polymer hydrogel-based electronics, addictive manufacturing, and bioelectronic medicine. His work has been published in top-tie peer-reviewed journals Science, PNAS, Nature Materials, Nature Methods, Nature Nanotechnology, Nano Letters, Advanced Materials, Angewandte Chemie, etc. He is a recipient of numerous awards, including Distinguished Graduates of Beijing (2013), National Scholarship for Graduate Students (2013), Harvard CBI Simmons Awards (2015), MRS Best Oral Presentation Award (2020), and he has been named a semi-finalist in 2022 TR35 Global List. He has been invited to serve as conference session chair, reviewer for numerous leading scientific journals and fellowships. He also served as topic editor for peer-reviewed journal Micromachines and served on its editorial board. His group work at the intersection of neuroengineering, electronics, materials science, and bioengineering, with an overall goal of studying/manipulating the nervous systems and improving human health.

Graduate Students


Marzia Momin

M.S. in Engineering at the Nano-scale, The Pennsylvania State University 

B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) 





Salahuddin Ahmed

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) 

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) 





Hyunjin Lee

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University





Jiashu Ren

M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)

B.S. in Computer Engineering, Xian Jiaotong University




Undergraduate Students


Basma AlMahmood

Physics major, Nanotechnology option with a math minor

Penn State University





William Ernst

Biomedical Engineering

Penn State University





Li-Pang Huang

Neuroscience

Penn State University





Veronika Medvedeva

Biomedical Engineering

Penn State University




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