Listen to Canan Dagdeviren, MIT, USA, 2016 Translational Medicine Category Prize Winner of the Science and SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists discuss her winning PhD research essay: "The future of bionic dynamos – Internal organs have the potential to power implantable devices."
Canan Dagdeviren was born in 1985 in Istanbul, Turkey. Dagdeviren 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.
Dagdeviren received her Ph.D. degree in August, 2014. She is currently a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard University and a postdoctoral research associate in The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research of MIT, working with Prof. Robert Langer. Dagdeviren 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 medical science and to advanced engineering devices.