Robert Rennaker

Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering
Professor - Behavioral and Brain Sciences
renn@utdallas.edu
972-883-3562
BSB11102
UTD Webpage
Tags: Cognition and Neuroscience

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Bioengineering
Arizona State University - 2002
M.S. - Bioengineering
Arizona State University - 2001
B.S.E. - Bioengineering
Arizona State University - 1997

Research Areas

Research Interests

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

Publications

Centanni, TM; Booker, AB; Sloan, AM; Chen, F; Maher, BJ; Carraway, RS; Khodaparast, N; Rennaker RL; LoTurco, JJ; Kilgard, MP; Knockdown of the Dyslexia-Associated Gene Kiaa0319 Impairs Temporal Responses to Speech Stimuli in Rat Primary Auditory Cortex. Cerebral Cortex 2013 Feb 8 2013 - Publication
Neil T. Markwardt, Jodi Stokol, Rennaker RL, Sub-meninges implantation reduces immune response to neural implants. J Neuroscience Methods, 2013 214(2): 119-125 2013 - Publication
Lovitz AM, Sloan AM, Rennaker RL, Wilson DA. Complex mixture discrimination and the role of contaminants. Chemical Senses 37(6):533-540, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Ware T, Simon D, Arreaga-Salas DE, Reeder J, Rennaker RL, Keefer EW, Voit WE. Fabrication of Responsive, softening neural interfaces. Advanced Functional Materials 22(16):3470-3479, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Guanglei An; Hutchens, C.; Rennaker, R.L., "A 700mV low power pipeline ADC using a novel common mode feedback circuit and offset cancellation technique,"Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), 2012 IEEE 55th International Midwest Symposium on , vol., no., pp.210,213, 5-8 Aug. 2012 2012 - Publication
Ware T, Simon D, Hearon K, Liu C, Shah S, Reeder J, Khodaparast N, Kilgard MP, Maitland DJ, Rennaker RL, Voit WE. Three dimensional flexible electronics enabled by shape memory polymer substrates for responsive neural interfaces. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 2012 297(12)1193-1202. 2012 - Publication
Porter BA, Khodaparast N, Fayyaz T, Cheung RJ, Ahmed SS, Vrana WA, Rennaker RL, Kilgard MP. Repeatedly pairing vagus nerve stimulation with a movement reorganizes primary motor cortex. Cerebral Cortex 22(10):2365-2374, 2012. 2012 - Publication
Ahmed, R.; Hutchens, C.; Rennaker, R.L., "An RFID front end for smart biological sensing," Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), 2012 IEEE 55th International Midwest Symposium on , vol., no., pp.778,781, 5-8 Aug. 2012 2012 - Publication
Guanglei An; Hutchens, C.; Rennaker, R.L., "A 700mV low power pipeline ADC using a novel common mode feedback circuit and offset cancellation technique,"Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), 2012 IEEE 55th International Midwest Symposium on , vol., no., pp.210,213, 5-8 Aug. 2012 2012 - Publication
Hutchens C., Robert L. Rennaker II, Srinivasan Venkataraman, Rehan Ahmed, Ran Laio, Tamer Ibrahim; Implantable Radio Frequency Identification Sensors: Wireless Power and Communication, 33rd Annual international Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Boston, Ma, August 30- September 3, 2011 2011 - Publication

Appointments

Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2018–Present]
Department Chair
The University of Texas at Dallas [2013–Present]
Full Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2013–Present]
BBS
Director
The University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Texas Dallas [2009–Present]
Associate Professor
The University of Oklahoma, Norman Oklahoma [2009–2018]
Owner
Vulintus LLC, Saches Texas [2009–Present]
Owner
Vulintus LLC [2007–Present]
Post-Doctoral Researcher
The University of Texas at Dallas [2002–2002]
Assistant Professor
The University of Oklahoma [2002–2009]

Projects

The effect of MK801 on auditory cortex receptive fields in the awake rat
2018–2018 Sloan AM and Rennaker RL.; TuckerDavis Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology; Atlanta, GA.
Fine-grain frequency discrimination thresholds in albino rats.
2008–2008 Dodd D., Rennaker RL; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington DC
Development of a Distributed Neural Interface System
2006–2006 Robert RL, Hutchens C., Ibrahim T., Miller L., Cogan S.; NIH Neural Interface Conference, Cleveland Ohio
Temporal and bandwidth analyses of forward masking in the nonanesthetized rat
2018–2018 Bjorlie J, Sloan AM, and Rennaker RL.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting/Tucker-Davis Symposium on Advances and Perspectives in Auditory Neurophysiology; Atlanta, GA
Effect of minocycline administration on chronic neural interfaces in rats: recording quality and glial response
2018–2018 Sloan AM, Tang H, and Rennaker RL.; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA

Additional Information

Honors
  • 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.

News Articles

Neural Engineer Appointed to Lead Bioengineering Department
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.

Activities

Owner

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

Consultant for Konan Medical USA

Funding

Center for Application of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes
$960,000; C0-I (10%) - DOE [2018–2018]
Mechanisms of TPT
$2,400,000 - NIH [2016–2020]
Making Texas Leader in Bioelectronic Medicine
$2,000,000 - W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation [2016–2017]
ElectRx
4,100,000 - DARPA [2015–2017]
GSK Challenge
200,000 - GSK [2015–2015]