Polina Anikeeva

Neural Nanotechnologist

Dr. Polina Anikeeva is an assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and a principal investigator of the Bioelectronics group. Her research lies in the field of neuroprosthetics and brain-machine interfaces. Together with her group, she explores optoelectronic, fiber-based and magnetic approaches to minimally invasive neural interrogation.

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Her group was first to demonstrate multifunctional flexible fibers for simultaneous optical stimulation, electrical recording and drug delivery in the brain and spinal cord, as well as magnetic nanomaterials for wireless magnetic deep brain stimulation. Her work at the interface of materials science and neurobiology earned a number of junior faculty awards including NSF CAREER and DARPA Young Faculty Award and was recently featured across popular press. She received her doctoral degree in Materials Science from MIT.