Kevin J. Otto, PhD

D-3297. In-house studio portrait of Kevin Otto for Biomedical Engineering. Also shot informal portraits outside. Requested by Dawn Smith 273 9318 PO Box 116131 office@bme.ufl.edu

Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Principal Investigator, Neuro Prostheses Research Lab

Dr. Kevin J. Otto received the BS degree in chemical engineering from Colorado State University in 1997, the MS degree in Bioengineering in 2002 and the PhD Degree in Bioengineering in 2003 from Arizona State University, Tempe.

From 1997 to 2003 he was a Research Assistant in the Bioengineering Department, Arizona State University, where his work was in the areas of neural engineering and sensory neuroprostheses. From 2003 to 2004 he was a Research Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where his work focused on brain-machine interface systems and implantable devices. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Central Systems Laboratory in the Kresge Hearing Research Institute in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where his work focused on cochlear implants.

He is currently an Associate Professor in the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. His research interests include neural engineering, device-tissue interfaces, neurostimulation.

Working with the UF Health Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration we are evaluating impedance data from previously implanted patients. This data is valuable because it may provide insights into the performance of the technology over the course of time post-implant. Due to the large patient population in the databank at the Center, we aim to learn why some implants are more efficacious than others.

Neuro Prostheses Research Lab website