Professor Sahika Inal

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor of Bioscience

Research Interests

​Professor Inal designs electronic devices that can efficiently communicate with biological systems. Her research interests cover organic electronic materials and devices that can address research and clinical health monitoring and therapy needs. She is particularly interested in ionic-electronic conduction in organic electronic materials and explores the potential of these materials for recording biological signals and modulating biological events. While investigating transport in organic electronics, she functionalizes these materials to make seamless interfaces with human body.

Selected Publications

Conducting polymer scaffolds for hosting and monitoring 3d cell culture

S. Inal, A. Hama, M. Ferro, C. Pitsalidis, J. Oziat, D. Iandolo, A.-M. Pappa, M. Hadida, M. Huerta, D. Marchat, P. Mailley, R.M. Owens
Advanced Biosciences, doi:10.1002/adbi.201700052, 2017

A microfluidic ion pump for in vivo drug delivery
I. Uguz, C.M. Proctor, V. Curto, A.-M. Pappa, M.J. Donahue, M. Ferro, R.M. Owens, D. Khodagholy, S. Inal, G.G. Malliaras
Advanced Materials, doi:10.1002/adma.201701217, 2017

Bioelectronic synaptic pixel: chemical stimulation and electrical sensing at a single site
A. Jonsson, S. Inal, ​I. Uguz, A. Williamson, L. Kergoat, J. Rivnay, D. Khodagholy, C. Bernard, M. Berggren, G. G. Malliaras, D. T. Simon
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113, 9440-9445, 2016

Structural control of ionic and electronic transport in conducting polymer films
J. Rivnay, S. Inal, B.A. Collins, M. Sessolo, E. Stavrinidou, X. Strakosas, C. Tassone, D.M. Delongchamp, G.G. Malliaras
Nature Communications, 7, 2016

A high transconductance accumulation mode electrochemical transistor
S. Inal, J. Rivnay, P. Leleux, M. Ferro, M. Ramuz, J.C. Brendel, M. Schmidt, M. Thelakkat, G.G. Malliaras
Advanced Materials, 26, 7450, 2016


  • ​Ph.D., Experimental Physics, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, 2013
  • M.Sc., Polymer Science, FU Berlin, TU Berlin, HU Berlin, University of Potsdam, Berlin/Potsdam, Germany, 2009
  • B.Sc., Textile Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey, 2007

Professional Profile

  • ​2016 – Present: Assistant Professor of Bioscience, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering, Organic Bioelectronics Lab, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013 – 2016: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Bioelectronics, Centre Microélectronique de Provence, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de St. Etienne, Gardanne, France
  • 2008 – 2013: Research and Teaching Assistant, Soft Matter Physics, Institute of Physics and Astronomy, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Materials Research Society (MRS)

KAUST Affiliations

​Biological and Environmental 
Science & Engineering Division (BESE)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)