Stéphanie P. Lacour, PhD
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Prof. StÃ©phanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology. She is Professor at the School of Engineering and is the Head of the Laboratory for Soft Bioelectronic Interfaces at the Ecole Polytechnique FÃ©dÃ©rale de Lausanne. She received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from INSA de Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral research at Princeton University (USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK). Since January 2017, she is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL. She is a cofounding member and the current director of EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics. Her lab challenges and seeks to advance our fundamental concepts in man-made electronic systems applied to biology. Bioelectronics integrates principles of electrical engineering to biology, medicine and ultimately health. Specifically, the focus is on designing â€¨and manufacturing electronic devices with mechanical properties close to those of the host biological tissue so that long-term reliability and minimal perturbation are induced in vivo and/or truly wearable systems become possible. â€¨Her research uses fabrication methods borrowed from the MEMS and microelectronics industries and adapts them to soft substrates like elastomers. She develops novel characterization tools adapted to mechanically compliant bioelectronic circuits. Her team evaluates in vitro, in animal models and ultimately with humans the soft bioelectronic interfaces.