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Dr. Robert L Rennaker
Professor-Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Office MailstopMail Box: ECSS3.9, ECSS, Room No.: BSB11102 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-3562    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.BioengineeringArizona State University2002
 M.S.BioengineeringArizona State University2001
 B.S.E.BioengineeringArizona State University1997
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Research Interests

Dr. Rennaker's research focuses on the development of technoloies to prevenet, detect and treat neurological injury and disease.  

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Vagus nerve stimulation during rehabilitative training enhances recovery of forelimb function after ischemic stroke in aged rats

SA Hays, A Ruiz, T Bethea, N Khodaparast, JB Carmel, RL Rennaker, ...
Neurobiology of aging 43, 111-118

Peer reviewed

Awake behaving electrophysiological correlates of forelimb hyperreflexia, weakness and disrupted muscular synchronization following cervical spinal cord injury in the rat

PD Ganzer, EC Meyers, AM Sloan, R Maliakkal, A Ruiz, MP Kilgard, ...
Behavioural brain research 307, 100-111

Peer reviewed

The supination assessment task: An automated method for quantifying forelimb rotational function in rats

E Meyers, A Sindhurakar, R Choi, R Solorzano, T Martinez, A Sloan, ...
Journal of neuroscience methods 266, 11-20

Peer reviewed

Vagus nerve stimulation during rehabilitative training enhances recovery of forelimb function after ischemic stroke in aged rats

SA Hays, A Ruiz, T Bethea, N Khodaparast, JB Carmel, RL Rennaker, ...
Neurobiology of aging 43, 111-118

Peer reviewed

An Automated Test of Rat Forelimb Supination Quantifies Motor Function Loss and Recovery After Corticospinal Injury

A Sindhurakar, SD Butensky, E Meyers, J Santos, T Bethea, A Khalili, ...
Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 1545968316662528

Peer reviewed
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
Oct-06 Oct-06 A novel interface system using distributed independent wireless probes
Slavens TN, Sloan AM, and Rennaker RL.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA.
Oct-06 Oct-06 Effect of minocycline administration on chronic neural interfaces in rats: recording quality and glial response
Sloan AM, Tang H, and Rennaker RL.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA
Oct-06 Oct-06 Design and development of a distributed neural interface system
Rennaker RL, Sloan AM, and Slavens T.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA
Oct-06 Oct-06 Temporal and bandwidth analyses of forward masking in the nonanesthetized rat
Bjorlie J, Sloan AM, and Rennaker RL.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting/Tucker-Davis Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology; Atlanta, GA
Oct-06 Oct-06 Analysis of odorant-evoked spatial and temporal patterns in piriform cortex
Wilson DA, Ruyle AM, and Rennaker RL.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA.
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
2013-presentDepartment ChairBioengineering The University of Texas at Dallas
2013-PresentFull ProfessorNeuroscienceBBSThe University of Texas at Dallas
2012-presentDirectorTexas Biomedical Device Center The University of Texas at Dallas
2009Associate Professor  The University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma
2009-presentAssociate Professor  The University of Texas Dallas
2009-presentOwner  Vulintus LLC, Saches Texas
2007-presentOwner  Vulintus LLC
2002-2002Post-Doctoral Researcher  The University of Texas at Dallas
2002-2009Assistant Professor  The University of Oklahoma
1998-2002Whitaker Ph.D. Fellow  Arizona State University
1997-1998Research Assistant  Arizona State University
1994-1995Engineering Assistant  Lockheed Martin
1988-1993   United States Marine Corps: M.C.A.S New River, HMM-261
PresentAssociate ProfessorSchool of Behavioral and Brain Sciences The University of Texas at Dallas
 Synergistic Activities

Vulintus Inc is a biomedical research company located in Dallas.  The company builds preclinical research equipment.

Chief Executive Officer

Optokinetix has developed a system to detect changes in brain function.  The system may be used for detection of concussions, impairment and monitor the efficacy of various therapies.


Consultant for Konan Medical USA

06/08-05/13Ensemble Coding in Olfactory CortexNIDCD$1,827,924Current
06/07-05/10Promoting Versatility in Doctoral Bioengineering EducationUS Dept. Ed.$506,688Current
05/09-04/14Development of a Distributed Neural InterfaceNINDS$1,265,000Current
2016-2020Mechanisms of TPTNIH$2,400,000Current
2015-2019TPT for StrokeNIH$1,800,000Current
2013-2018Stroke Recovery Using TPTNIH NIDCD2,400,000Current
2016-2017Making Texas Leader in Bioelectronic MedicineW.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation$2,000,000Current
2014-2016TPT for PTSDDARPA600,000Current
2015-2015GSK ChallengeGSK200,000Current
June 2005-May 2008Distributed Neural lnterfaceOCAST$135,000;Pl (100%)Previous
June 2005-May 2007Ensemble Coding in Olfactory CortexNIH R21$407,000; Co-I (50%)Previous
 Center for Application of Single-Walled Carbon NanotubesDOE$960,000; C0-I (10%)Previous
 News Articles
Neural Engineer Appointed to Lead Bioengineering Department
UT Dallas News Center
Dr. Robert L. Rennaker II, an expert in the development of neural interfaces, and is the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering,Created in 2010, The Department of Bioengineering grants graduate degrees in biomedical engineering in collaboration with UT Southwestern Medical Center and UT Arlington. The program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, combining expertise in electrical, mechanical and materials engineering, coupled with the life sciences.  The undergraduate program, based entirely at UT Dallas, is similar, giving students a foundation in engineering and mathematics, complemented with biology, physiology and medical instrumentation.

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Courses Taught
  • Statics: Spring 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Dynamics: Spring 2006, 2007, 2008
  • Solid Mechanics Laboratory: Fall 2003, 2004
  • Principles of Design: Fall 2006, 2007
  • Design Practicum: Spring 2006, 2007
  • Neural Engineering: Fall 2006
  • Neurophysiology for Engineers: Spring 2003, Fall 2005
  • Biomaterialsz Spring 2004
  • Principles of Bioengineering: Fall 2006
  • Introduction to Engineering: Spring 2008, Spring 2009, 2012
  • Solid Mechanics: Fall 2008
  • Neurophysiology Fall 2009, Spring 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Neuroscience Lab Methods Spring 2010, 2011, Fall 2010
  • Linear Algebra Fall 2010
  • Thermodynamics Fall 2013

Students - PhD Students Supervised
  • Andrew Sloan, Graduated: 02/2009
  • Doyle Dodd, Graduated 06/2013
  • Neil Markwardt, working towards PhD in Bioengineering
  • William Rosellini
  • David Pruitt
  • Anthony Nguyen
  • Eric Meyer
  • Katy Millay

Students - MS Students Supervised
  • Aditya Chadha, MS in Bioengineering, Graduated in Fall 2005
  • Appalla Balasubramanyam, Bioengineering Graduated Spring 2005
  • Andrea Ruyle, Bioengineering, Graduated Spring 2006
  • Tom Slavens, Mechanical Engineering, Graduated Spring 2007
  • Mike Nicholas, Mechanical Engineering, Graduated Summer 2007
  • Jeremy Bjorlie, Bioengineering, Graduated Summer 2007
  • Krystal Davis, Working towards an MS in Mechanical Engineering

Exam and Defense Committee Participation
  • Member of PhD in OUBC thesis committee for Tao Chang
  • Member of PhD in AME thesis committee for Tim Hunt
  • Member of PhD in Zoology committee for Max Fletcher
  • Member of Masters committee for (Sidique)
  • Member of PhD in Zoology committee for Fred Chen Zoology
  • Member of Masters committee in Electrical Engineering for Li Tan
  • Member of PhD Committee in AME for Chenkai Dai
  • Member of Masters Committee in Computer Engineering for David Goldberg

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University Committees
  • Member of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee: December 2004 - Present
  • Provosts Textbook Taskforce 2006-2007

University Committees
  • Member of AME Library: 2004-2009
  • Teach Test: 2004- 2009
  • Extra Advising Duties- 85 Students in Spring 2006
  • Introduction to engineering taskforce; Spring 2007
  • OUBC GAANN Fellowship Committee 2007-present
  • OUBC Planning Committee 2005 - present
  • Center for Neurobiology Committee 2006- present

External Teaching
  • Faculty Sponsor for Pi Kappa Alpha and 6th Floor of Walker
  • Faculty Sponsor for Christ on Campus
  • Presentation for The Society of Women Engineers
  • Presentation for the Introduction to Engineering Class
  • PE exam lecture (Electrical Engineering)
  • PE exam lecture (Statics)
  • Invited Speaker at OCAST "Meet the Scientist " lecture series
  • 2 Presentations at the Zoology "Neuromuch"
  • 4 Presentations at the OUBC Brownbag series

Professional Society Member
  • IEEE
  • IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Association for Chemoreception Sciences

Senrice Product (e.g., CV-web)
  • Reviewed journal articles for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
  • Reviewed journal articles for Annals of Biomedical Engineering
  • Reviewed journal articles for The Journal of Neuroscience Methods
  • NSF Study Section Panel Member ISO-(October 2006)

 Additional Information
  • Whitaker Ph.D. Fellowship, Arizona State University 1998
  • Tom J. Love Outstanding Professor, Unlverslty of Oklahoma, 2003
  • Alumni Teaching Award, University of Oklahoma, 2007
  • Presidential Professorship, The University of Oklahoma Presidential Associates 2009

Personal Statement

Dr. Rennaker graduated high school in 1988 and then served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years. During that time, Dr. Rennaker participated in Operation Sharp Edge in Liberia, Desert Shield/Storm in Kuwait, and Provide Comfort in Yugoslavia. Following his honorable discharge, Dr. Rennaker received his BSE (1997), MS (1999) and Ph.D. (2002) in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University. Following graduation Dr. Rennaker spent seven years at the University of Oklahoma in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department as an Assistant (’02- ’09) and Associate (2009) professor. Dr. Rennaker is a Full professor with appointments in Elecrical Engineering, Neuroscience, and Bioengineering.   Dr. Rennaker is the director of the Texas Biomedical Device Center and Chair of the Bioengineering Department.  Dr. Rennaker and his wife Paula have 3 children.

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