Principal Investigator

Prof. Erkin Şeker

Erkin Şeker joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis as an Assistant Professor in 2011 and is currently a Professor. He is a Co-Director for the Center for Neuroengineering and Medicine and the Chair of the Designated Emphasis in Neuroengineering. He has served as the Graduate Program Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Graduate Program between 2019-2021. He received his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2007, where he developed techniques to control mechanical and morphological properties of nanoporous gold. During his postdoctoral appointment in the Department of Chemistry at UVA he investigated material-biomolecule interactions and developed microfluidic flow control schemes. Between 2009 and 2011, as a research associate at the Center for Engineering in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, he developed multiple electrode arrays for neural electrophysiology applications and spearheaded the development of microsystems for monitoring transcriptional and secretory dynamics at a cellular-level in the context of metabolic dysregulation. He is the recipient of a Fund for Medical Discovery Award from Massachusetts General Hospital, an UC Davis - Graduate Studies Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award, UC Davis - ECE Excellence in Teaching Award, a University of California Lab Fees Research Grant, an NSF CAREER Award, and a NIH NIBIB Trailblazer Award. He served as an Associate Scientific Advisor for Science Translational Medicine and was selected to participate in National Academy of Engineering’s Annual Frontiers of Engineering Education Symposium, as well as a BMES Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator. His current research interests include nanoporous metals, electrochemical biosensors, multifunctional neural interfaces, and microfluidic tissue chips.



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PhD Student

Hyehyun Kim

(Biomedical Engineering)

PhD Student

Sadi Md Shahriar

(Materials Science & Engineering)

PhD Student

Allison Pickle

(Biomedical Engineering)


MS Student

Kavya Somayajula

(Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)

MS Student

Logan Echeveria

(Electrical & Computer Engineering)



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Arushi Patel

(Biomedical Engineering)

Ernest Wang

(Biomedical Engineering)

Nidhi Vadulas

(Electrical & Computer Engineering)



Greg Girardi (PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering, 2019-2023)

Alex Gardner (MS Student in Electrical Engineering, 2021-2023)

Darius Rudominer (MS Student in Electrical Engineering, 2021-2023)

Jianyu Ming (MS Student in Electrical Engineering, 2021-2023)

Noah Goshi (PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering, 2016-2022, Currently a postdoc at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

Barath Palanisamy (BS Student in Biomedical Engineering, 2018-2021, Currently a PhD student at UCLA)

Sachit Nagella (BS Student in Chemical Engineering, 2019-2021, Currently a PhD student at UC Santa Barbara)

Suzan AlMashtoub (BS Student in Chemical Engineering, 2018-2021, Currently a Chemical Engineer at Aramco)

Swathi Sundar (MS Student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2017-2020, Currently a Hardware Engineer at Nokia)

Jovana Veselinovic (PhD Student in Chemical Engineering, 2015-2020, Currently a Senior Process Engineering at Becton Dickinson)

Madison Crain (BS+MS Student in Electrical Engineering, 2017-2019, Currently an Engineer at Intel)

Dr. Zidong Li (PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering, 2015-2018, Hardware R&D Engineer at Twenty/Twenty Therapeutics)

Alex Hampe (MS Student in Biomedical Engineering, 2016-2018, Currently a Programmer at PowerSchool LLC)

Dr. Zimple Matharu (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2014-2017, Currently a Scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb)

Dr. Chris Chapman (PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering, 2012-2017, Currently a Lecturer in Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Dr. Tatiana Dorofeeva (PhD Student in Electrical Engineering, 2013-2016, Currently an Engineer at Cisco)

Dr. Özge Polat (PhD Student in Chemical Engineering, 2011-2016, Currently an Engineer at Intel)

Dr. Pallavi Daggumati (PhD Student in Electrical Engineering, 2012-2016, Currently a Biomarker Operations Project Manager at Genentech)

Josh Garrison (BS+MS Student in Electrical Engineering, 2015-2016, Currently an Engineer at Micron)

Dr. Patricia Losada-Perez (Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Currently an Assistant Professor at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium)

Dr. Juan Manuel Artés Vivancos (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013-2015, Currently an Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell)

Dr. Ling Wang (Postdoctoral Researcher, 2013-2016, Currently a Freelance Programmer)

Zach Myers (Undergraduate Researcher, 2014, Currently a graduate student at Stanford University)

Çağdaş Okay (Visiting Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2013, Currently a student in Cerrahpaşa Medical School, Turkey)

Ramya Raman (Undergraduate Researcher, Summer 2012, Currently a graduate student at Oregon State University)

Ashley Hettick (Undergraduate Researcher, 2014-2015, Currently a graduate student at San Jose State University)

John Flynn (Undergradute Researcher, 2012-2013, Currently an Engineer at Volkswagen Electronics Research Lab)

Nazia Podana, Leyla Gündeş, Udi Jonnalagadda (Past Undergraduate and High School Students)