Rikky Muller, PhD is an Assistant Professor of EECS at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Co-director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center (BWRC) and a Core Member of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses (CNEP). She has over a decade expertise in the research and commercialization of implantable medical devices and in developing microelectronic and integrated systems for neurological applications. Prof. Muller is also the Co-founder of Cortera Neurotechnologies, Inc. a medical device company founded in 2013 that is commercializing a neural implant device and has released a family of products for the animal neuroscience research market. At Cortera, she held positions as CEO and CTO.
Prof. Muller received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT, where she worked on cellular BioMEMS devices for pathogen detection. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Electrical Engineering where she performed research on minimally invasive neural interfaces. After her graduate studies, she was a McKenzie Fellow and Lecturer of Electrical Engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia where she continued research in medical bionics together with the school of Medicine. Prior to her Ph.D. she worked as an integrated circuit designer at Analog Devices. Prof. Muller has been recognized with numerous academic and industry fellowships and awards. In 2015, the MIT Technology Review named her one of the top 35 global innovators under the age of 35 (TR35), in recognition of her work in the field of technology and medicine.