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.


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.