Ajay Subramanian

Research and Work Experience:

  • B.S. in Materials Science and NanoEngineering from Rice University (2018). PI: Dr. James Tour.

Research Interests:

  • Organic Electronic Materials, Nanofabrication, Neurological Therapy

About me:

Hi! My name is Ajay Subramanian, and I’m a 3rd Year PhD in the department of Materials Science and Engineering. I was born and raised in Overland Park, KS, which is a suburb of Kansas City (Go Chiefs/Royals/Sporting KC!) and graduated from Rice University with my B.S. in Materials Science and NanoEngineering. My current focus in the Hong Lab is on developing devices for neurotherapeutic applications, such as neural stimulation, neuromodulation and disease-facing imaging. 

My interest in engineering and technology development at the nanoscale was born out of pure luck. I was lucky enough to have a well-resourced public school system in my hometown that offered advanced science and math classes, which definitely encouraged me to think about helping people through technology. With the help of an older friend, I was turned onto the works of Materials Science departments at various colleges, which seemed to combine fascinating, cutting-edge science with translational applications. I was pleasantly surprised that that impression was true when I began my undergrad, and continued to build a skillset that’d allow me to dream up of technologies at the smallest scale which would ultimately make the largest impacts. At the same time, I was inspired by my sister, who is a public health professional, to always keep an eye towards people in need – marginalized communities, social justice, and rectifying socioeconomic and health disparities. 

My sister and I are really social workers at heart; so, my goal as a scientist and engineer is to utilize cutting-edge science and leverage it towards the communities in most need. In the Hong lab, this manifests itself through working on developing therapeutic devices and looking at ways that new neurotechnology can create more accessible treatments for the entire pantheon of neurological disorders. Lastly, and certainly not least, I also strongly feel that all scientists have a responsibility of cultivating a science literate and equitable community. I have a passion for science communication and high school outreach which I work on through both the lab and other organizations. If you’re a prospective student and share a passion for these topics, please reach out and I’d be happy to share with you the landscape of opportunities at Stanford! 

Outside of the lab, the main things that take up my time are playing and listening to music (always down for a jam session!), reading all sorts of books (with a slight preference to fantasy novels), and playing video games with my friends from college. You can also find me at any of the awesome breweries in the bay area, or exploring the food, sights and sounds of San Francisco, where I live.


  • ajaysub@stanford.edu