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John A. Rogers

Material scientist and biomedical engineer John A. Rogers is not only driving the interface between engineering and medicine, but also converting scientific knowledge into translational technologies with broader societal significance.

Rogers’ research seeks to understand and leverage interesting characteristics of “soft” materials – such as polymers, liquid crystals and biological tissues – as well as hybrid combinations with unusual classes of micro- and nanomaterials. The aim is to control and induce novel electronic and photonic responses in these “soft” materials and develop new lithographic and biomimetic approaches for patterning them and guiding their growth.

As the founding director of the new Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics at Northwestern University, Rogers collaborates with the Feinberg School of Medicine and Lurie Children’s Hospital to use this academic science to produce classes of electronic devices that can bend, stretch and twist, and be integrated with the human body with diverse diagnostic and therapeutic functions.


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  • Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery in the McCormick School of Engineering and the Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Executive Director of the Center for Bio-integrated Electronics in the Simpson Querrey Institute of BioNanotechnology

Recent work


Chest sensor as seen on a baby in the NICUFeb. 28, 2019

No wires, more cuddles: Sensors are first to monitor babies in the NICU without wires

Soft, flexible sensors provide clinical-grade measurements, allow physical bonding between baby and parent



Dec. 5, 2018

World’s smallest wearable device warns of UV exposure, enables precision phototherapy

Device can optimize treatment of neonatal jaundice, skin diseases, seasonal affective disorder and reduce risk of sunburns and skin cancer


5. Wearable shunt monitor 1

Nov. 1, 2018

Skin sensor could prevent unnecessary surgeries, radiation

Band-Aid-like device non-invasively monitors shunt performance in patients with hydrocephalus


Throat sensor

Feb. 17, 2018

Stretchable electronics a 'game changer' for stroke recovery treatment

New wearable device for the throat presented at AAAS annual meeting



Sweat patch

Nov. 23, 2016

Researchers develop soft, microfluidic patch for sweat analysis

Low-cost wearable electronic device collects and analyzes sweat for health monitoring


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