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Ryan Koppes

Assistant Professor,  Chemical Engineering


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  • 339 Mugar
  • 617.373.8547

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

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

College Research Initiatives

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • K. Mubyana, R.A. Koppes, K.L. Lee, J.A. Cooper, D.T. Corr, The Influence of Specimen Thickness and Alignment on the Material and Failure Properties of Electrospun Polycaprolactone Nanofiber Mats, J. Biomedical Materials Research A, 107(11), 2016, 2794-2800
  • A.N. Koppes, K.W. Keating, A.L. McGregor, R.A. Koppes, K.R. Kearns, A.M. Ziemba, C.A. McKay, J.M. Zuidema, C.J. Rivet,   R.J. Gilbert, D.M. Thompson, Robust Neurite Extension Following Exogenous Electrical Stimulation Within Single Walled Carbon Nanotube-Composite Hydrogels, Acta Biomaterialia, 39, 2016, 34-43
  • R.A. Koppes, S. Park, T. Hood, X. Jia, N. Abdolrahim Poorheravi, A.H. Achyuta, Y. Fink, P. Anikeeva, Thermally Drawn Fibers as Nerve Guidance Scaffolds, Biomaterials, 81, 2016, 27-35
  • A. Canales, X. Jia, U.P. Froriep, R.A. Koppes, C.M. Tringides, J. Selvidge, C. Lu, C. Hou, L. Wei, Y. Fink, P. Anikeeva, Multimodality Fibers for In-Vivo Simultaneous Optical, Electrical and Chemical Communications with Neural Circuits, Nature Biotechnology, 33(3), 2015, 277-284
  • R.A. Koppes, D.M. Swank, D.T. Corr, A New Experimental Model for Force Enhancement: Steady-State and Transient Observations in the Drosophila Jump Muscle, AJP-Cell Physiology, 2015
  • S. Park, R.A. Koppes, U.P. Froriep, X. Jia, A. Harapanahalli, B. McLaughlin, P. Anikeeva, Optogenetic Control of Nerve Growth, Scientific Reports, 5(9669), 2015
  • P. Anikeeva, R.A. Koppes, Restoring the Sense of Touch, Science, 350(6258), 2015, 274-275
  • R. Koppes, D. Swank, et al., A New Experimental Model to Study Force Depression: The Drosophila Jump Muscle, Journal of Applied Physiology, 166(12), 2014, 1543-1550
  • C. Lu, U.P. Froriep, R. Koppes, et al., Polymer Fiber Probes Enable Optical Control of Spinal Cord and Muscle Function in Vivo, Advanced Functional Materials, 24(42), 2014, 6594-6600 *Cover Art
  • N. Schiele, R. Koppes, D. Chrisey, D.T. Corr, Engineering Cellular Fibers for Musculoskeletal Soft Tissues Using Directed Self-Assembly, Tissue Engineering: Part A, 19(9-10), 2013, 1223-1232


Apr 09, 2019

FY20 TIER 1 Award Recipients

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.


Sep 06, 2018

ChemE Research & Creative Endeavor Awardees

The Department of Chemical Engineering is proud to announce that eight of their students have received the Northeastern University Research and Creative Endeavor Awards from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.


Jun 27, 2018

Hydrogels Might One Day Replace Sutures

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes and his colleagues have developed a hydrogel that could one day replace sutures and help support nerve growth and regeneration.


Feb 13, 2018

For postdocs looking to break into entrepreneurship, this MIT fellowship is helping light the way

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes was recently interviewed and featured in the Science article "For postdocs looking to break into entrepreneurship, this MIT fellowship is helping light the way" on the Translational Fellowship Program he took part in as a post doc. The program supplemented his employment at MIT to explore the translational potential and […]


Dec 04, 2017

ChE Professors Win NIH Trailblazer New/Early Career Investigator Award

ChE Assistant Professors Abigail Koppes and Ryan Koppes were awarded a $632K NIH grant to develop a microfluidic model of the ‘brain-in-the-gut’. The grant is a three-year Trailblazer New/Early Career Investigator R21 award with the NIH National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

Sep 19, 2016

Eno Ebong, Abby Koppes, & Ryan Koppes to Participate in Tufts CTSI Junior Faculty Career Development Forum

Eno Ebong, Prof. Abby Koppes, and Prof. Ryan Koppes were selected as three out of the 29 junior faculty members chosen to participate in the Tufts CTSI 2016-2017 Junior Faculty Research Career Development Forum.

Aug 05, 2016

Northeastern Hosts "Boston Biomaterials Day" Conference with Society For Biomaterials

Over one hundred students, researchers, professors and industry professionals came together on June 30th for Boston Biomaterials Day at Northeastern University, funded by the Society For Biomaterials Biomaterials Days Grant. Led by Bioengineering PhD student Michelle Stolzoff, the conference featured top-tiered research in biomaterials from the Greater Boston Area and beyond. Dena Shahriari, a PhD […]

May 10, 2016

Koppes Awarded NSF I-Corps Grant

ChE Assistant Professor Ryan Koppes was awarded a $50K NSF I-Corps grant for his "Thermally drawn nerve guidance channels".

Feb 16, 2016

ChE Professors Abby Koppes and Ryan Koppes Featured in Boston Globe

Chemical Engineering professors Ryan and Abby Koppes were featured on the front page of the Boston Globe in a Valentine's Day themed article.

Feb 11, 2016

ChE Professor Ryan Koppes Featured in Materials Today for Research in Nerve Repair

Chemical Engineering Professor Ryan Koppes is featured in Materials Today for his research on peripheral nerve repair and artificial scaffolds. The difficulty of repairing nerve damage and the negative life-long symptoms associated with it motivated Polina Anikeeva of MIT and Ryan Koppes of Northeastern to find a solution. As an alternative to autografts, artificial scaffolds […]

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