Meet the Innovators Under 35 - Group 4

Duygu Kuzum, University of Pennsylvania

Brain-inspired chips could mean better computer processing and neural implants.

Duygu Kuzum, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania

Duygu Kuzum is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She applies innovations in nanoelectronics to develop new technologies to help improve understanding of circuit-level computation in the brain and develops novel tools to probe neural circuits with high precision. She developed nanoelectronic synaptic devices emulating the synaptic computation and plasticity in human brain. This technology could lead to portable and energy-efficient computers that can learn and process information in real time similar to human brain. She interfaces nanoelectronic synapses with biological neurons to build hybrid biocomputation platforms and more brain-compatible neural prosthetics. Her work on nanoelectronic devices was featured on the cover of the Nano Letters journal and highlighted in Nature. She received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey and a master's degree and Ph.D., both in electrical engineering, from Stanford University.


Innovators Under 35
individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades through the development of new technology or the creative application of existing technologies to solve problems.

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