Rylie Green
Lead Researcher
Dr Rylie Green joined the Bioengineering department at Imperial College London in 2016. She received her PhD (Biomedical Engineering) from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2008. Dr Green’s research has been focused on developing bioactive conducting polymers for application to medical electrodes, with a specific focus on vision prostheses and cochlear implants. Specifically, she has been investigating the application of bioactive electrode coating technologies to a developmental bionic eye device (with Bionic Vision Australia), and commercial cochlear implants (with Cochlear Ltd). More recently Dr Green has developed hybrids of conducting polymers and hydrogels to reduce strain mismatch with neural tissue and improve long-term cell interactions at the neural interface. This has led to her development of tissue engineered “living electrodes”, a new concept funded by an ERC Consolidator grant, which will allow neural cells to synaptically interface with bionic devices. Dr Green has ongoing collaborations with a range on industry partners including Galvani Bioelectronics, Boston Scientific and OxSyBio.


  • Top 5 finalist for USERN prize, 2019
  • Nominee for WEF speaker, 2019
  • EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Challenge Award, EPSRC, 2017
  • Emerging Technologies Competition: Materials and Enabling Technologies, Royal Society for Chemistry, 2017
  • Suffrage Science Award, Suffrage, UK, 2017
  • 2nd Place, Centenary Institute Lawrence Creative Prize, Centenary Institute, 2015
  • NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, 2015

External Positions

  • Chair D&I Committee IEEE EMBS, 2018/2019
  • Member D&I Committee IEEE EMBS, since 2018
  • Consultant for Galvani Bioelectronics Ltd. (technical advisory), since 2018
  • Consultant for National Institute of Health (NIH, US) for SPARC Initiative, since 2016
  • Steering Group Member, Neural Interface Technology (NIT) Steering Group, The Royal Society

Positions with Academic Journals

  • Associate Editor, IEEE Open Access Journal of Engineering in Medecine and Biology (OJEMB), since 2019
  • Editorial Board Member, Advanced NanoBiomed, since 2019
  • Editorial Board Member, Bioelectronics in Medicine Journal,  since 2017

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Member, Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), 2019
  • Conference committee, European Biomaterials Society, 2018
  • Committee Member, Women in Engineering, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), 2017
  • Conference organisation committee, International Spinal Research Trust, 2016
  • Member and Symposium Organiser, Materials Research Society, 2015
  • Senior Member, IEEE EMBS, 2013
  • Engineers Australia, 2000

Research Associates and PhD students:

Dr. Josef Goding
Research Associate

Dr. Josef Goding is a Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He received his PhD from the University of New South Wales, Australia, for the development of bioactive conductive hydrogel coatings for neuroprosthetic electrodes. His research interests include soft and flexible materials for bioelectronics with a focus on functional materials for neural interfaces.

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Dr. Roberto Portillo-Lara
Research Associate

Dr. Roberto Portillo-Lara is a Mexican biomedical scientist, biotechnologist and bioengineer, whose research focuses on the development of tissue-engineered technologies for therapeutic and diagnostic applications. He joined the Department of Bioengineering in 2020 as a Research Associate on the Living Bionics project, which is aimed at developing electrode interfaces that can establish functional synapses between bionic devices and target tissues. His areas of expertise include cell and tissue culture, in vitro and in vivo models, cellular and molecular biology and human physiology. During his free time, he enjoys running, good food, hanging out with friends and gaming on his PlayStation.

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Dr. Bogachan Tahirbegi
Research Associate

Dr. Bogachan Tahirbegi is a Research Associate in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. He obtained his PhD from University of Barcelona, Spain for the development of electrochemical electrode arrays of the EU FP7 Projects ARAKNES and PLANTOID. As a Marie Curie Research Fellow, he worked on sensor array integration into microfluidics for the EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects BIOINTENSE, EUROMBR and NanoPilot at Micronit GmbH, Germany.

Dr. Tahirbegi joined Imperial College London in 2017 as a Research Associate and in his current position, he is focused on the novel electrode materials and new fabrication approaches to enable the fabrication of the super high-density electrode arrays for Electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG) and micro-electrocorticography (μECoG) to create a disruptive technology to non-invasively detect the activity of large populations of single neurons in the brain and the spinal cord. His broad research interests include micro/nano fabrication and synthesis, polymer bioelectronics, biosensors, electrochemistry, optical microscopy and neuroscience. His accomplishments are manifested as publications in prestigious journals such as Nature Communications, Biosensors and Bioelectronics and Scientific Reports and highly cited.

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Dr. Estelle Cuttaz
Research Associate

Estelle Cuttaz joined Rylie Green’s group as a PhD student in October 2018. After defending her thesis in May 2023, she stayed on as a Post Doctoral Research Associate. Her research focuses on developing conductive elastomers, as a soft and flexible polymer-based conductive biomaterial, with a view towards applications in the field of implantable bioelectronic devices. Prior to this, she received her MSc in Bioengineering with a minor in Neuroprosthetics in 2018 and a Bachelor in Life Sciences and Technologies in 2016 from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Dr. Aaron Lee
Research Associate
Sofia Peressotti
PhD Student

I am a Bioengineering PhD student. My interests include the development of interventional approaches for clinically viable brain regeneration platforms. I investigate the effect of electrical stimulation on neural stem cells encapsulated in a bioactive self-assembling peptide, towards a combinatorial treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease. The stimulation technique exploits temporally interfering fields (TI), an expertise developed in collaboration with the Interventional Systems Neuroscience Lab (Dr Nir Grossman, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London). I previously completed a MSc in Bioengineering at Imperial College London with a focus on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, and a BSc in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

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Alexey Novikov
PhD Student
Plastic Electronics CDT student since October 2018 developing soft polymer-based bioelectronics for cardiostimulation. MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials stream (2017-2018), Imperial College London, UK. BEng in Materials Science and Engineering (2013-2017), Bauman Moscow State Technical University, Russia
Gillian Koehl
PhD Student

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Manolis Kanelos
PhD Student
Nicolas Steenbergen
PhD Student

Marjolaine Boulingre
PhD Student
Zack Bailey
PhD Student


MSc students:

Debbyka Allan
Sum Lau
Lucia Morino Gimeno
Joao Pita Soares

MRes students:

Marc Amil
Ines Kusen
Rosalie De Ferm
Yunxiao Wang




 MEng students:




Post doctoral researchers:

Dr. Christopher Chapman (2019-2023)

Dr. Karina Litvinova (2020-2022)

Dr. Omaer Syed (2018-2021)

Dr. Catalina Vallejo-Giraldo (2018-2021)

PhD Students:

Dr. Julian Heck
Dr. Martina Genta (2018-2022)
Dr. Estelle Cuttaz (2018-2023)

MSc students:

Marie-Odile Ioss (2021-2022)
Maria Alvarez Mahrami (2021-2022)
Asela Pallewela (2021-2022)
Alex Scott-Simons (2020-2021)
Alyssa Yek (2020-2021)
Kimberley Grasmick (2020-2021)
Nursat Jahan (2020-2021)
Thomas Adey (2019-2020)
Marianna Massa (2019-2020)
Nnedempka Nnadi (2019-2020)
Sofia Peressotti (2018-2019)
Sarvina Severatnam (2018-2019)
Erik Taylor (2018-2019)
Javier Montalt Tordera (2016-2017)

MRes students:

Joe Josef (2020-2021)
Piers Heathcote (2020-2021)

David Alonso Amado (2018-2019)
Olivia Cauvi (2018-2019)
Emmanuel Kanelos (2017-2018)
Precious Smooth (2016-2017)

MEng students:

Isaac Tsen (2021-2022)
Kashmeera Koh (2021-2022)
Francis Lali (2021-2022)
Maria Mota Pinho (2021-2022)
Mattias Vuokko (2021-2022)
Gabrielle Johnston (2020-2021)
Meha Vora (2020-2021)
Abigail Collins (2019-2020)
Shanila Fernandez Patel (2019-2020)
Poppy Oldroyd (2019-2020)
Khai Leed Yau (2019-2020)
Brian Chong (2018-2019)
Jia Ti (2018-2019)
Gillian Koehl (2016-2017)
Rita Sebti (2016-2017)