Behind the Researcher
Integrating Medical Devices into the Human Body
2008 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2004 Master of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2003 BS, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Behind the Researcher
The College of Engineering is known for our cutting-edge research, academic rigor, and amazing students, but you might be surprised by some of the other talents of our award-winning faculty.
Bettinger, Dahl, and Zhang named AIMBE Fellows
BME/MSE’s Christopher Bettinger, BME/ChemE’s Kris Dahl, and MechE’s Jessica Zhang have been elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)’s College of Fellows, Class of 2020. Zhang has also been elected as an American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fellow (2020).
Bettinger comments on Neuralink’s brain-machine interface
BME/MSE’s Christopher Bettinger was recently quoted in Inverse about Neuralink’s brain-machine interface (BMI). For decades, Neuralink has been developing thin, flexible electrodes that could be safely inserted into the brain by a robot; they plan to conduct human testing as early as 2020.
Revolutionizing brain aneurysm treatments
Christopher Bettinger leads an interdisciplinary project that could make brain aneurysm treatments more successful and more permanent.
Beyond Innovation, Bloomberg TV
Bettinger interviewed on edible electronics and their impact
MSE’s Chris Bettinger was recently interviewed by Michael Bancroft on Beyond Innovation, a show that airs on Bloomberg TV covering the world’s new and emerging technologies. He spoke about edible electronics, how they are created from melanin, how they work in the body, and the impact they could have on the future of drug delivery.
Bettinger on new electronic healing device that is absorbed by the body
BME/MSE’s Chris Bettinger commented on a new electronic healing device that is absorbed by the body developed by researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Washington. “There are many materials used by doctors that can be absorbed by our body, such as polymers and metals. These compounds degrade in the body with hydrolysis, a process that changes a given substance from water,” Bettinger explained.
Bettinger talks bioprinted organs
MSE/BME’s Christopher Bettinger, a member of both Next Manufacturing and the Bioengineered Organs Initiative, discussed bioengineered organs in a recent podcast on FutureTech Podcast.
Bettinger files patent for battery-powered medicine capsule
MSE/BME’s Chris Bettinger filed a patent for an ingestible capsule that can deliver medicine to the lower part of the digestive tract. The capsule is filled with medicine through a small hole, capped with a film of metal, and wired with a battery. When the precisely timed battery charge runs out, the film dissolves and the medicine is released.
Bettinger on micro-electronics for soft tissues
Chris Bettinger discussed with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette his research on micro-electronics that can attach to soft tissues in the human body and that have medical applications.
Bettinger and Fedder create soft hydrogel brain implants
BME/MSE’s Christopher Bettinger and ECE’s Gary Fedder are part of a team that created a new soft hydrogel material for use in developing non-invasive brain implants.
Bettinger interviewed by The Verge on brain implants
MSE/BME’s Christopher Bettinger talked with The Verge in a recent interview about developments in brain implant technology.
Interfacing with the brain
Materials science researchers at Carnegie Mellon develop new materials and processes to fabricate neural probes that mimic the mechanical properties of the nervous system.