Ryan Koppes

Associate Professor,  Chemical Engineering
Affiliated Faculty,  Bioengineering


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Research Focus

Neural interface technology, tissue engineering, and musculoskeletal biomechanics


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2015.


  • PhD (2013) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biomedical Engineering
  • MS (2010) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biomedical Engineering, area of concentration: Muscle Tissue Engineering
  • BS (2008) Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biomedical Engineering, area of concentration: Biomaterials

Honors & Awards

  • NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering Trailblazer Award for New and Early Stage Investigators
  • Gilda Barbino Excellence in Mentoring Award

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society for Mechanical Engineers
  • Biophysical Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society
  • Materials Research Society

Research Overview

Neural interface technology, tissue engineering, and musculoskeletal biomechanics

Laboratory for Neuromodulation and Neuromuscular Repair

We study the physical bridge between cells and electronics to improve nerve gap and prosthetic technologies. We’re also interested in neuron interactions with the heart to help relieve the healthcare burden of heart failure. Located in Boston, our group is able to join with other top universities to collaborate on ground breaking research.

Laboratory for Neuromodulation and Neuromuscular Repair

Selected Publications

  • Bindas, Adam J., Kulkarni, Subhash, Koppes, Ryan A., Koppes, Abigail N. (2021). Parkinson’s Disease and the Gut: Models of an Emerging Relationship. Acta Biomaterialia, 10.1016/J.ACTBIO.2021.03.071
  • Diaz Vera, David, Soucy, Jonathan R., Lee, Audrey, Koppes, Ryan A., Koppes, Abigail N. (2021). Light irradiation of peripheral nerve cells: Wavelength impacts primary sensory neuron outgrowth in vitro. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 215,112105. 10.1016/J.JPHOTOBIOL.2020.112105
  • Ventre, Daniel M., Cluff, Avery, Gagnon, Christian, Diaz Vera, David, Koppes, Ryan A., Koppes, Abigail N. (2021). The effects of low intensity focused ultrasonic stimulation on dorsal root ganglion neurons and Schwann cells in vitro. Journal of Neuroscience Research, 99(1),374-391. 10.1002/JNR.24700
  • S. Hosic, W. Lake, E. Stas, R.A. Koppes, D.T. Breault, S.K. Murthy, A.N. Koppes, Cholinergic Activation of Primary Human Derived Intestinal Epithelium does not Ameliorate TNF-? Induced Injury, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, 2020
  • T. Torregrosa, S. Webster, C. Aghaizu, J. Soucy, C. Bertucci, L. Plant, A.N. Koppes, R.A. Koppes Cryopreservation and Functional Analysis of Cardiac Autonomic Neurons, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 341, 2020, 108724
  • J. Snyder, C. Wang, A.Q. Zhang, Y. Li, J. Luchan, S. Hosic, R. Koppes, R.L. Carrier, A. Koppes, Materials and Microenvironments for Engineering the Intestinal Epithelium, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 48, 2020, 1916–1940
  • S. Hosic, A. Bindas, M. Puzan, W. Lake, J. Soucy, F. Zhou, R.A. Koppes, D. Breault, S. Murthy, A.N. Koppes Rapid Prototyping of Multilayer Micro Physiological Systems, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 2020
  • K. Nichols, R. Koppes, A. Koppes, Recent Advancements in Micro Physiological Systems for Neural Development and Disease, Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, 14, 2020, 42-51
  • A.R. Spencer, E.S. Sani, J.R. Soucy, C.C. Corbet, A. Primebetova, R.A. Koppes, N. Annabi Bioprinting of a Cell-Laden Conductive Hydrogel Composite, ACS Applied Material Interfaces, 11(34), 2019, 30518-30533
  • J.R. Soucy, A.J. Bindas, A.N. Koppes, R.A. Koppes Instrumented Micro Physiological Systems for Real- Time Measurement and Manipulation of Cellular Electrochemical Processes, iScience, 21, 2019, 521-548


May 08, 2024

2024 URF Scholars Recipients

Thirty-six engineering students received 2024 URF Scholars Awards from Northeastern’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. URF Scholars are students who are graduating this year and who have earned a PEAK Experience Award, applied for a distinguished fellowship, or participated in graduate school advising.


Apr 16, 2024

Pizzarella Receives 2024 Condit Award

Dominic Pizzarella, E’25, chemical engineering and biochemistry, won the Sears B. Condit Award, which is awarded annually to one student from each of Northeastern’s undergraduate day colleges and is one of the highest honors that a junior or senior at Northeastern University can receive.


Jan 11, 2024

Announcing Spring 2024 PEAK Experiences Student Awardees

A record number of engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Spring 2024 PEAK Experiences Awards.


Aug 07, 2023

Young Scholars Program for Local High School Students Finishes Strong

High school seniors engage in diverse engineering research during Northeastern’s Young Scholars Program, mentored by COE faculty and students.


Apr 27, 2023

Announcing Summer 2023 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Summer 2023 PEAK Experiences Awards. They will be pursuing a diverse set of projects, including a study of a pathogen that haunts hospitals, an examination of segregationist rhetoric in Boston newspapers, and an analysis of creativity in music.


Jan 25, 2023

Announcing Spring 2023 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Spring 2023 PEAK Experiences Awards. Base Camp Awardees Sophia Nguyen COE’26, “Neuromodulation of Motor Cortex’s Response to Different Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Pulse Waveforms” Mentor: Mathew Yarossi, Bouvé, Physical Therapy/Movement/Rehab Science This project seeks to use transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive […]


Jan 17, 2023

Fall 2022 Spark Fund Awardees

ChE/COS Associate Professor Carolyn Lee-Parsons, ECE Professor Edmund Yeh, ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes, and MIE Associate Professor Yaning Li are recipients of the Fall 2022 Spark Fund Awards.


Dec 15, 2022

Using Spark Fund Award to Regenerate Nerve Damage

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes is using the Spark Funds he received earlier this year to develop methods of converting olfactory stem cells into Schwann Cells that can be used to repair nerve damage.


Dec 07, 2022

NIH Trailblazer Award for Engineering Smarter Gut Metabolites to Affect Human Health

ChE Assistant Professor Benjamin Woolston is leading a $628K NIH Trailerblazer Award with Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes, Associate Professor Abigail Koppes, and Professor Rebecca Carrier for “Engineered Probiotics for Closed-Loop Control of Disease-Associated Gut Metabolites in Gut-On-Chip Models.”


Oct 07, 2022

Announcing Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awardees

Several engineering students and science students mentored by COE faculty are recipients of Northeastern’s Fall 2022 PEAK Experiences Awards. This extraordinary group of students is taking on a range of exciting projects, from exploring axolotl limb regeneration to building a snake-inspired robot to understanding accessibility on Broadway. ASCENT AWARDS Justin Almendral COE’24, “Wearable Art” Mentor: […]

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