Lin Du

Assistant Professor
College of Medicine, Department of Neurological Surgery
College of Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Du joined The Ohio State University College of Medicine and College of Engineering as an assistant professor in 2023. She received her Ph.D. in Electrical and Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Prof. Mark G. Allen. In 2021, Dr. Du began her postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley working with Prof. Grigory Tikhomirov. While at Berkeley, she works on a rapid and cost-efficient point of care sepsis diagnostic platform integrating DNA self-assembly and semiconduction manufacturing techniques.

Her research focuses on implantable MEMS technology, DNA self-assembly nanotechnology, and their transformative applications within the realm of medical systems. She is currently leading studies on the integration of implantable tactile sensing systems and neuron/muscle stimulators with Brain Machine Interface technology, as well as advancing clinical trials. Additionally, she investigates DNA self-assembled nano-devices to develop treatment solutions for neurodegenerative diseases and establish a rapid point-of-care clinical diagnostic platform for sepsis. For further details, please visit her lab’s website at

Research Interests

  • Implantable MEMS systems
  • Neuron stimulators
  • Brain Machine Interface
  • DNA self-assembly nanotechnology
  • Paralysis
  • Point-of-care diagnosis
  • Neurodegenerative diseases


PhD: Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
MS: Mechanical Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology
BS: Mechatronics Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology

Honors and Awards

  • PostX Award, NSF I-Corps Bay Area, 2023
  • Foresight Fellowship, Foresight Institute, 2023
  • HS Chau Women in Enterprising Science Fellowship, Innovative Genomics Institute, 2022
  • EECS Rising Stars, MIT, 2021
  • Mulroney Fellowship, School of Engineering, University of Pennsylvania, 2016 - 2020
  • Best ESE PhD Colloquium Award, University of Pennsylvania, 2019