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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 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 then went to Harvard University to purse his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics (2019), where he worked on mesh electronics for brain-machine interface in the laboratory of Prof. Charles Lieber. Then he joined MIT in 2020 for his postdoc research in the laboratory of Prof. Xuanhe Zhao, where he worked on conducting polymer hydrogel-based electronics, addictive manufacturing, and bioelectronic medicine. He joined Penn State University in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics as an assistant professor in Fall 2022. 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. 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) 

Arafat Hossain

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

B.Sc. in Electrical & Electronics Engineering,                                  Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology (AUST) 

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) 

Postdoctoral Researcher

Shumao Xu

Ph.D., Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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