November 16, 2021.  Graduate student Kevin Woeppel won the top prize of $20,000 in the Wells Student Healthcare Competition from Michael G. Wells for commercializing pain treatment through the Vanish Therapeutics startup! [link]

October 29, 2019, Dr. Cui and her collaborators Dr. William Stauffer (University of Pittsburgh) and Dr. Maysam Chamanzar (Carnegie Mellon University) are recognized by the University of Pittsburgh as the recipients of 2 NSF grants developing devices to listen to how neurons communicate [link]

October 8, 2019, Dr. Cui is recognized by the University of Pittsburgh for receiving a $2.37M grant from the NIH to develop improved neural interfaces based on the neural adhesion molecule L1 [Link]

August 23, 2019, Dr. Cui received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award, entitled "NCS-FO:Collab:Multimodal sampling of neural ensembles: A high-density opto-electrochemical neural interface for simultaneous electrical recording and optical imaging of cell-types". This is in collaboration with Dr. Maysam Chamanzar at Carnegie Mellon University and Dr. Bill Stauffer at Pitt Neurobiology.

Aug 2, 2019 Dr. Asiyeh Golabchi’s poster titled "Neuronal cell adhesion molecule L1 improves quality of chronic neural recording in mouse visual cortex", has been selected as one of the Best Poster Presentations at the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association 2019 Postdoctoral Data & Dine Symposium! (

July 17, 2019, we received a BRAIN initiative R01 grant from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) to investigate the efficiency and safety of microstimulation with different novel electrode materials.

June 21, 2019, NTE lab members attended the wedding of Kevin and Deana. Congratulations to the new couple! 

May 24, 2019. Dr. Cui received a R21 award from National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) to develop "Ultra sensitive and flexible MEAs for chronic dopamine detection at both tonic and phasic levels”. August 26, 2019. NTE lab welcome new graduate students Delin Shi and Vaish Dhawan!

December, 2018, NTE lab welcomes Dr. Elisa Castagnola joining the lab as a research assistant professor.

September, 2018, James Eles successfully defended his PhD. Thesis. Congratulations to Dr. Eles!

August, 2018, Dr. Mitch Taylor accepted an assistant professorship position at St. Vincent College.

September, 2017, Dr. Cui received a $421,185 NIH R21 award titled “Dual Polymer Coatings for High Fidelity and Stable In Vivo Cocaine Sensing From MEAs.” The project aims at developing in vivo cocaine sensors to understand the addiction in the adolescent mind.

January 3, 2017, Alumni Noah Snyder and Kasey Catt were selected for the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for their spin-out company Interphase Materials! Congratulations, Noah and Kasey!

November 4, 2016, Mitch Taylor is the winner of a $500 top poster award for Brain Day 2016! The poster titled "Development of novel electrochemical sensors for the real-time in vivo detection of cocaine and dopamine”.

October 27, 2016, Daniel Garcia has been selected to receive a year-long Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience from the uPNC program. The detail of the program can be found here (

June 23, 2016, Kasey Catt successfully defended his PhD. Thesis titled "Multifunctional Conducting Polymer Coatings for Magnesium Implants”, Congratulations Dr. Catt!

March 8, 2016, Sally Zheng has won the 2nd place poster award at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Scientific Retreat, the tile of the poster is : "Evaluation of a Soft Elastomeric Electrode for Intramuscular Stimulation and Drug Release”, X.Sally Zheng ,JamesR.Eles, GregoryBrunette, Vasil E.Erba, LeeFisher, Vijay Gorantla, Tracy Cui

Feb 28, 2016 James Eles has won the 3rd place award at the BioEngineering Graduate Recruitment Poster Session, the title of the poster is: "In vivo tracking of the meningeal response to chronically implanted neural electrode arrays”, Eles JR, Kozai TDY, Vazquez A, Cui XT.

Jan 11, 2016. Bin had a baby, Aiden!

Congratulations to Bin and his family! Happy parenting!

Dec 15, 2015, Dr. Cui named an AIMBE Fellow

Dr. Cui has been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, Class of 2016.  The AIMBE College of Fellows represents the most accomplished and distinguished medical and biological engineers responsible for innovation and discovery.  AIMBE represents the top 2% of medical and biological engineering professionals.  Dr. Cui will be inducted into AIMBE in the spring of 2016. 

November 30, 2015, Mitch won the best oral presentation award at MRS

Mitch Taylor presented at the Material Research Society meeting in Boston. His presentation titled “Enhanced Dopamine Detection Sensitivity by PEDOT/Graphene Oxide Coating on in vivo Carbon Fiber Electrodes” has been given the "Best oral presentation in the CC symposium - Organic Bioelectronics - From Biosensing Platforms to Implantable Nanodevices".

November 16, Noah Defended

Noah Snyder defended his Ph.D thesis titled “IMPROVING THE BRAIN MACHINE INTERFACE THROUGH THE PREVENTION OF NEURODEGENERATION AROUND NEURAL IMPLANTS”. Congratulations, Dr. Snyder! Best wishes to your entrepreneur career at Interphase Materials.

November 12, Oxi-Dent won the 2015 PInChTM Award

Oxi-Dent has won $100k award from the 2015 PInChTM Competition. 4 of the 5 team members are graduate students from our lab: Noah Snyder, James Eles, Kasey Catt and Zhanhong Du. A coating developed in the NTE lab to reduce neural inflammation around brain implants will be translated to dental implants in this project. OXI-Dent was also a winner in this year’s Randall Family Big Idea Competition.

October 22, Jeff Defended

Zhanhong Jeff Du defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Precise Modulation of Neural Network Activity with Electrochemically Controlled Delivery of Neuroactive Molecules”. Congratulations, Dr. Du!