Alexandra L. Rutz

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellow

Designing next-generation implantable electronic devices using biomaterial approaches at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) in the Bioelectronics Lab of Prof. George Malliaras.

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I went to the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (IL, USA) where I double majored in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology and graduated with a B.S. in 2011. In 2016, I earned my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in Biomaterials from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA). My doctoral thesis focused on engineering hydrogel bioinks for 3D printing tissues and organs. With support from the Whitaker International Scholars Program and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, I am pursuing postdoctoral research in Bioelectronics Lab headed by Prof. George Malliaras. I began the Whitaker Fellowship at Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne (Gardanne, France) in November 2016 until the Bioelectronics Lab moved to the University of Cambridge (Cambridge, UK) in Fall 2017. At the University of Cambridge, I am continuing my research of improving the biocompatibility and long-term function of implantable bioelectronics, specifically neural probes. In November 2018, I began the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program.


In Spring 2021, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

The Rutz Lab will engineer electronic tissues using materials design and fabrication-based approaches. Our goal is to achieve robust biointerfaces and long-lived function in bioelectronics and other medical devices.

Motivated students (undergraduate and graduate) and postdocs interested in exploring opportunities in the lab should contact Dr. Rutz at with an attached CV. Please note earliest possible start date is March 2021.



Doctor of Philosophy

Biomedical Engineering

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA)


Master of Science

Biomedical Engineering

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA)


Bachelor of Science

Chemistry and Molecular and
Cellular Biology

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (IL,USA)


Slippery surfaces for implantable bioelectronics

Advisor: Prof. George Malliaras, Department of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Division

University of Cambridge (UK) 2017-Present; Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne (France) 2016-2017


Engineering hydrogel bioink methods for 3D printing tissues

Advisor: Prof. Ramille N. Shah

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA)


Hyperbranched polyglycerol for drug delivery

Advisor: Prof. Steven C. Zimmerman, Department of Chemistry

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (IL,USA)


Antimicrobial manganese oxide nanoparticles

Advisor: Prof. Young-Shin Jun, Department of Environmental, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering

Washington University in St. Louis (MO, USA)

Whitaker Neuroengineering workshop - August 11-13, 2021. Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Christopher Proctor, Ismael Seáñez, Steven Walston, and I are organizing the Whitaker Neuroengineering workshop to be held at the University of Cambridge in August 2021. It is sponsored by a Concluding Initiative Grant awarded from the Whitaker International Program. The aims of the workshop are to feature exciting research in Neuroengineering, to foster U.S.-international collaborations, and to promote future leaders. The approximately 75 attendees will reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the field including engineers and technologists as well as clinicians and neuroscientists.

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