Canan Dağdeviren, Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab
Canan Dagdeviren is the LG Career Development Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at MIT Media Lab, where she leads the Conformable Decoders research group. The group aims to convert the patterns of nature and the human body into beneficial signals and energy.
Dagdeviren earned her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she focused on exploring patterning techniques and creating piezoelectric biomedical systems. Her collective Ph.D. research involved flexible mechanical energy harvesters, multi-functional cardiac vessel stents, wearable blood pressure sensors, and stretchable skin modulus sensing bio-patches. As a Junior Fellow of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, she conducted her postdoctoral research at the MIT David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Here, she designed and fabricated multi-functional, minimally invasive brain probes that can simultaneously deliver drugs on demand and electrically modulate neural activity precisely and selectively for the treatment of neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease. Dagdeviren’s work has been featured in many media outlets, including TIME, Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Popular Mechanics, CBS News, BBC News and Physics World. In 2015, MIT Technology Review named her among the “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” and Forbes selected her as one of the “Top 30 Under 30 in Science”. Recently, Dagdeviren has been named as a Spotlight Health Scholar by Aspen Institute and World #1 in Medical Innovation Category of Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) by Junior Chamber International. In 2016, Dr. Dagdeviren was awarded the Science & Sci Life Prize for Young Scientists in Translational Medicine Category and invited to attend Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden. Recently, Dr. Dagdeviren has been named as 2017 Innovation and Technology Delegate by the American Academy of Achievement. In 2019 Dr. Dagdeviren was among 87 of the nation’s brightest young engineers who have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 25th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium, hosted by Boeing in Charleston, South Carolina.