Prof. Dr. Kristen Kozielski

Academic Career and Research Areas

Kristen Kozielski works with new materials for wireless communication with the brain and nervous system. Her research focuses on understanding and optimizing materials for controlled, electronic signaling to and from the brain. The goal of this work is to contribute to neurotechnologies that are minimally invasive, and possibly implanted with no surgical intervention. Her multidisciplinary group works in materials science, biomaterials, nanotechnology, electrical engineering, and neurobiology.

Prof. Kozielski completed her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, and her postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. She moved to the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2019 as a group leader. She has been at TUM since 2021, where she is an Assistant Professor of Neuroengineering Materials in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. At TUM, she is also the Program Director of the Elite Master’s Program in Neuroengineering. 

Awards

  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program, Michael J. Fox Foundation (2022 - 2024)
  • Young Investigator Group Preparation Program, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (2019 - 2021)
  • Whitaker International Program Postdoctoral Scholarship (2016 - 2018)
  • Ruth L. Krischstein F31 NIH NRSA Predoctoroal Fellowship, US National Cancer Institute (2014 - 2016)
  • NIH Cancer Nanobiotechnology Training Center Fellowship (2012 - 2014)

Dominguez-Paredes D, Jahanshahi A, Kozielski KL: “Translational considerations for the design of nanoparticles in human neural stimulation”. Brain Stimulation. 2021; 14 (5): 1285-1297.

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Kumari P, Fossati A, Gopinath P, Sarbajna A, Kozielski KL: “Analysis of nonresonant powering of magnetoelectric nanoparticle for deep brain stimulation in mice”. 10th Annual IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering. 2021-

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Kozielski KL, Jahanshahi A, Gilbert HB, Yu Y, Erin Ö, Francisco D, Temel Y, Sitti M: “Nonresonant powering of injectable nanoelectrodes enables wireless deep brain stimulation in mice”. Science Advances. 2021; 7: eabc4189.

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Kozielski KL, Ruiz-Valls A, Tzeng SY, Guerrero-Cazares H, Rui Y, Li Y, Vaughan H, Gionet-Gonzalez M, Vantucci C, Kim J, Schiapparelli P, Al-Kharboosh R, Quiñones-Hinojosa A, Green JJ: “Cancer-selective nanoparticles for combinatorial siRNA delivery to primary human GBM in vitro and in vivo”. Biomaterials. 2019; 209: 79-87.

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Lopez-Bertoni H, Kozielski KL, Rui Y, Lab B, Vaughan H, Wilson D, Mihelson N, Eberhardt CG, Laterra J, Green JJ: “Bioreducible polymeric nanoparticles containing multiplexed cancer stem cell regulating miRNAs inhibit glioblastoma growth and prolong survival”. 18 (7): 4086-4094.

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