Meet the Innovators Under 35

Polina Anikeeva, MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

A creative scientist sees new ways to record and stimulate brain activity.

Polina Anikeeva, Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Polina Anikeeva received a bachelor's degree in physics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in Russia in 2003. After a one-year internship at Los Alamos National Lab, she studied materials science at MIT, receiving a PhD in 2009. Her thesis work focused on organic and quantum dot light-emitting devices. Her postdoctoral training at Stanford University involved the design of implantable devices for optical stimulation and high-throughput electronic recording from neural circuits during free behavior. In 2011, Anikeeva returned to the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering. As a principal investigator for the Bioelectronics Group, she develops optoelectronic and magnetic approaches for interrogation of neural function.

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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.