Knight Campus Research Programs

The Knight Campus is developing a hub where innovative research and discovery will thrive – driving business in Oregon. As we grow into our research facilities, we aim to have 30 teams of scientists and researchers, accompanied by 550 students who will be involved in the research cycle, gaining unique experience. This means the Knight Campus will be not only driving groundbreaking scientific research, but preparing a new generation of innovative scientists who will define our future. The collaborative scientific research done at the Knight Campus will break down barriers and accelerate the advancement of science to improve the human condition and benefit the world. Find Knight Campus publications on this page and click the button below to view grants and awards.

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Knight Campus Research Focus Areas

Biomaterials:  Functional Materials for Life

We work at the interface of materials chemistry and biomedical engineering.  We determine what is missing from the engineer’s toolbox and design new functional materials, 3-D structures, tools and devices that address key challenges in the clinic.

Medical Sensors and Devices

We push the envelope of implantable and wearable medical sensors and devices to change the ways we study and treat diseases and injuries, by tapping advances in materials and data science, as well as device architecture.

Protein Engineering and Synthetic Biology

We develop new bio-inspired methods to build biological parts (proteins, peptides, and nucleic acids) and systems with designed properties and predictable behaviors.  We repurpose biological cells as factories allowing simple large-scale low-cost manufacturing of complex macromolecules.

Neural Engineering

We develop novel implantable interfaces to the brain and peripheral nervous system to advance fundamental science and improve human lives through therapeutic neuromodulation.


latest research news

Researchers develop gene therapy for eye disease

The therapy could eventually provide an alternative treatment for Fuchs’ dystrophy, an eye disease that is the leading cause of corneal transplant surgery.

The latest Knight Campus research

Gene Therapy, Human Eye

Knight Campus Faculty RESEARCH

bala ambati
Bala Ambati
Research Professor, Knight Campus

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paul dalton

Paul Dalton 
Associate Professor, Knight Campus

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tim gardner
Tim Gardner
Associate Professor, Knight Campus
DeArmond Chair in Neuro-Engineering

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Robert Guldberg
Vice President and Robert and Leona DeArmond Executive Director

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marian hettiaratchi
Marian Hettiaratchi
Assistant Professor, Knight Campus

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Parisa Hosseinzadeh
Assistant Professor, Knight Campus

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jim hutchison

Jim Hutchison
Senior Associate Vice President and Lokey-Harrington Chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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gabriella lindberg

Gabriella Lindberg 
Assistant Professor
Slated to start at the Knight Campus in October 2021

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Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson
Associate Vice President for Innovation
Associate Professor of Management

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Keat Ghee Ong
Professor, Knight Campus

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Calin Plesa
Assistant Professor, Knight Campus

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jonathan reeder

Jonathan Reeder
Assistant Professor, Knight Campus

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Nick Willett
Associate Professor, Knight Campus
Slated to start at the Knight Campus in August 2021

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