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June 2015

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Canan Dagdeviren, Ph.D.
Junior Fellow of Harvard University, Society of Fellows (SoF)

Canan Dagdeviren was born in 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey. Canan obtained her B.Sc. in Physics Engineering from Hacettepe University in Ankara.

She was awarded with full-scholarship throughout her M.Sc. studies in Materials Science and Engineering at Sabanci University in Istanbul. As being the top of the list in her field to be entitled to a Fulbright Doctoral Fellow, which was given for the first time in Turkey in 2009, she pursued her Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign under supervision of Prof. John A. Rogers.

Canan’s research experience focused on the applications of active piezoelectric materials and patterning techniques for ‘unusual’ electronic devices with an emphasis on bio-integrated systems. Her collective Ph.D. research has implications across a variety of sensors and energy harvesting components for self-powered cardiac pacemakers, multi-functional cardiac vessel stents, non-invasive/wearable/epidermal blood pressure sensors, and skin cancer detection bio-patches. Her energy harvesting (PZT MEH) invention has enabled her to introduce a novel approach to energy harvesting from an intrinsic, continuous source of biological (cardiac) motion, with important clinical relevance to implantable cardiovascular devices. She has filed patents on this invention, and hopes to help commercialize this technology in the near future through entrepreneurial collaboration between the University of Illinois and University of Arizona. QUALIFIED Suppliers to the Medical Device Industry (Qmed) ranked her technology as number one out of the top five MedTech breakthroughs of this year, compared with Google’s glucose-reading contact lens which ranked second. Moreover, her work has received wide press coverage by prestigious information outlets such as the Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, CBS News, LA Times, BBC News, New Scientist, and Medical Daily. Canan received her Ph.D in August, 2014. Dagdeviren is currently a postdoctoral research associate in The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research of MIT, working with Prof. Robert Langer. She also collaborates with Prof. Michael Cima and Prof. Ann Graybiel at McGovern Institute for Brain Research of MIT. Her passion is to make valuable contributions to neuroscience and to advance engineering devices.  Dagdeviren would like to bridge the gap between cutting-edge neuroscience research and active advance electronic devices by developing a multi-functional, minimally invasive probe capable of addressing the spatial and temporal aspects of treating neural disorders such as Parkinson’s diseases, anxiety and mood disorders.

Recently, Canan has been named a Junior Fellow of Harvard University, Society of Fellows (SoF); as being selected the first scientist from Turkey in the history of SoF. Currently, she has 18 journal papers, is inventor on 2 patent applications, and holds over 30 prestigious awards including; Materials Research Society Grad Student Awards, MIT Technology Review Award for Innovators under 35 (MIT TR35) in Turkey, Named as The Innovator of 2014 among the first generation MIT TR35 Turkey, Illinois Innovation Prize, Turkish American Scientists & Scholars Association (TASSA) Young Scholar Award, Racheff-Intel Award for Outstanding Materials Research, Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science: Young Scientists Who Are Changing the World.   

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