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.

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, using biomaterial approaches. In November 2018, I began the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 program.

 

2011-2016

Doctor of Philosophy

Biomedical Engineering

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA)

2014

Master of Science

Biomedical Engineering

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA)

2007-2011

Bachelor of Science

Chemistry and Molecular and
Cellular Biology

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (IL,USA)

2016-Present

Improving biocompatibility of neural electronics

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

2011-2016

Engineering hydrogel bioink methods for 3D printing tissues

Advisor: Prof. Ramille N. Shah

Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA)

2008-2011

Hyperbranched polyglycerol for drug delivery

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

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (IL,USA)

2009

Antimicrobial manganese oxide nanoparticles

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

Washington University in St. Louis (MO, USA)