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School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences - The University of Texas at Dallas

Robert Rennaker


Robert Rennaker
















About Robert Rennaker


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 PhD (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 and his wife Paula have 3 children.


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.


Recent Publications


Seth A Hays, Ph.D.; Andrew M Sloan, Ph.D.; Daniel R Hulsey, B.S.; Andrea Ruiz, B.S.; Maritza Pantoja, B.S.; Rennaker RL; Michael P Kilgard, Ph.D. (Accepted 08/07/2013). Vagus nerve stimulation during rehabilitative training improves forelimb strength following ischemic stroke. Neurobiology of Disease Manuscript NBD-13-545R1.


Donzis EJ, Rennaker RL, Thompson LT (June 20, 2013). Fear conditioning alters neuron-specific hippocampal place field stability via the basolateral amygdale. Brain Research.


Dustin Simon, Taylor Ware, Ryan Marcotte, Benjamin, R. Lund, Dennis W. Smith Jr., Matthew Di Prima, Rennaker RL, Walter Voit (July 14, 2013). A comparison of polymer substrates for photolithographic processing of flexible bioelectronics. Biomedical Microdevices.


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