A materials scientist and engineer who develops next-generation wearable and implantable medical devices is one of two faculty members to recently join the University of Oregon’s Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact.
Jonathan Reeder’s research focuses on the study and development of soft biomaterials, microfluidic devices, and flexible electronics, all with an emphasis on bio-integrated technologies. His research program will serve to bridge the gap between soft biological tissue and advanced medical devices.
Reeder aims to develop and explore chemistries and processing techniques of soft biomaterials, such as smart polymers, elastomers, hydrogels, and composites. His work also includes unconventional fabrication and integration of these materials as soft wearable and implantable medical systems for diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of human health.
The Knight Campus, which is heavily focused on serving societal benefit through advances in biotechnology, will benefit greatly from the direction of Reeder’s work, said Robert Guldberg, vice president and Robert and Leona DeArmond Executive Director.
“Jonathan can quickly apply his expertise in materials science to implantable technologies,” said Guldberg. “When you add someone like him to a place like the Knight Campus, the potential impact is tremendous.”
Reeder comes to the Knight Campus from the lab of renowned bioelectronics pioneer John A. Rogers at the Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics at Northwestern University where he developed wearable sensors for real-time biofluid analysis with potential applications in athletics, military readiness, and clinical medicine. His recent engineering efforts have focused on developing biodegradable neural implants for the dynamic modulation of peripheral nerve activity for applications in managing pain without the use of opioids.
Reeder received a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering in 2016 from the University of Texas at Dallas during which he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. While pursuing his doctorate, he developed soft, shape programmable polymers and flexible electronic systems for neural modulation and electronic skins. During this time, he also served as a founder and research director of Pascalor Inc., a company focused on commercializing flexible electronic technologies he developed.
“My research program will seek to develop the next generation of wearable and implantable devices to directly impact clinical medicine, athletics and neuroscience,” he said. “I was attracted to the Knight Campus because of the premier collaborators and resources at the University of Oregon, including the Center for Advanced Materials Characterization in Oregon (CAMCOR), and the Knight Campus’ commitment to both fundamental research and translation of academic discoveries into world-changing technologies.”
Reeder joins Parisa Hosseinzadeh as a new member of the faculty at the Knight Campus.