Robert L. Rennaker

Robert Rennaker

Department Head
Professor
Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair

[email protected]
Phone: 972-883-3562
Office: BSB 11.102

800 West Campbell Rd.
Mailstop: BSB11
Richardson, TX 75080-3021

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Education

PhD in Bioengineering, Arizona State University, 2002
MS in Bioengineering, Arizona State University, 2001
BSE in Bioengineering, Arizona State Unniversity, 1997

Overview

Dr. Rennaker graduated high school in 1988 and then served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years. During that time, Sergeant 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.

Robert Rennaker, A neural engineer, is part of a team of researchers and clinicians that has developed a new method of directing neuroplasticity (the changing of the nervous system in response to new experiences) through vagus nerve stimulation. This result could be a new treatment for tinnitus and chronic pain, as well as stroke, traumatic brain injury, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Research Interests

Dr. Rennaker’s research has two main foci. The first is the development of Neural Interface systems. Dr. Rennaker received and RO1 from NINDS for the development of a wireless distributed neural interface in May of 2009. The second research focus is systems level neuroscience. Dr. Rennaker has an R01 from NIDCD to study olfactory encoding of odorants. Other interests include auditory neuroscience, plasticity and attention.