Vivian Feig


Schmidt Science Fellow

Postdoctoral Researcher

Bio: Dr. Feig received her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University, where she trained with Prof. Zhenan Bao as a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellow. Prior to graduate school, she obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and then spent 3 years working for the ExxonMobil Chemical Company. She is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is co-advised by Prof. Robert Langer and Prof. Giovanni Traverso.

2022-08 Abstract Title: Conductive hydrogels for next-generation bio-electronic interfaces: stiffness, stretchability, and dimensionality

Abstract Body: The bio-electronic interface is the next frontier of several biomedical therapies, from implanted devices that therapeutically stimulate organs, to regenerative medicines that use electrical cues to guide stem cell differentiation towards target lineages. Yet, severe mismatch in mechanical properties at this interface remains a major challenge. In this talk, I will describe how we use conjugated polymers to design next-generation conductive materials with tissue-level stiffness, high stretchability, and the capability to interface with biological targets in 3 dimensions.