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Robert  Hitchcock

Phone: 801-585-7741
Office: 4509 SMBB

Robert Hitchcock

Graduate Chair
Associate Professor
B.A., Syracuse University, Chemistry, 1982
Ph.D., University of Utah, Bioengineering, 2001


medical device design & development, infusion systems, biosensors, drug delivery, tissue engineering

Selected Publications

Huang C, Wasmund S, Hitchcock R, Marrouche NF, Sachse FB, Catheterized Fiber-Optics Confocal Microscopy of the Beating Heart In Situ. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging 2017 Oct;10(10):

Niederauer S, de Gennaro J, Nygaard I, Petelenz T, Hitchcock R, Development of a novel intra-abdominal pressure transducer for large scale clinical studies. Biomed Microdevices 2017 Aug 26;19(4):80

Hsu Y, Hitchcock R, Niederauer S, Nygaard IE, Shaw JM, Sheng X, Variables Affecting Intra-abdominal Pressure During Lifting in the Early Postpartum Period. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2017 Jul 20;:

Nygaard IE, Clark E, Clark L, Egger MJ, Hitchcock R, Hsu Y, Norton P, Sanchez-Birkhead A, Shaw J, Sheng X, Varner M, Physical and cultural determinants of postpartum pelvic floor support and symptoms following vaginal delivery: a protocol for a mixed-methods prospective cohort study. BMJ Open 2017 Jan 10;7(1):e014252

Huang C, Sachse FB, Hitchcock RW, Kaza AK, Sensitivity and Specificity of Cardiac Tissue Discrimination Using Fiber-Optics Confocal Microscopy. PLoS One 2016;11(1):e0147667

Coleman TJ, Nygaard IE, Holder DN, Egger MJ, Hitchcock R, Intra-abdominal pressure during Pilates: unlikely to cause pelvic floor harm. Int Urogynecol J 2015 Aug;26(8):1123-30

Coleman TJ, Hamad NM, Shaw JM, Egger MJ, Hsu Y, Hitchcock R, Jin H, Choi CK, Nygaard IE, Effects of walking speeds and carrying techniques on intra-abdominal pressure in women. Int Urogynecol J 2015 Jul;26(7):967-74

Egger MJ, Hamad NM, Hitchcock RW, Coleman TJ, Shaw JM, Hsu Y, Nygaard IE, Reproducibility of intra-abdominal pressure measured during physical activities via a wireless vaginal transducer. Female Pelvic Med Reconstr Surg 2015 May-Jun;21(3):164-9

Teller RS, Rastogi R, Johnson TJ, Blair MJ, Hitchcock RW, Kiser PF, Intravaginal flux controlled pump for sustained release of macromolecules. Pharm Res 2014 Sep;31(9):2344-53

Emmert MY, Hitchcock RW, Hoerstrup SP, Cell therapy, 3D culture systems and tissue engineering for cardiac regeneration. Adv Drug Deliv Rev 2014 Apr;69-70:254-69

Huang C, Kaza AK, Hitchcock RW, Sachse FB, Local delivery of fluorescent dye for fiber-optics confocal microscopy of the living heart. Front Physiol 2014;5:367

Shaw JM, Hamad NM, Coleman TJ, Egger MJ, Hsu Y, Hitchcock R, Nygaard IE, Intra-abdominal pressures during activity in women using an intra-vaginal pressure transducer. J Sports Sci 2014;32(12):1176-85

Hamad NM, Shaw JM, Nygaard IE, Coleman TJ, Hsu Y, Egger M, Hitchcock RW, More complicated than it looks: the vagaries of calculating intra-abdominal pressure. J Strength Cond Res 2013 Nov;27(11):3204-15

Huang C, Kaza AK, Hitchcock RW, Sachse FB, Identification of nodal tissue in the living heart using rapid scanning fiber-optics confocal microscopy and extracellular fluorophores. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging 2013 Sep;6(5):739-46

Hsu Y, Coleman TJ, Hitchcock RW, Heintz K, Shaw JM, Nygaard IE, Clinical evaluation of a wireless intra-vaginal pressure transducer. Int Urogynecol J 2012 Dec;23(12):1741-7

North K, Potter MQ, Kubiak EN, Bamberg SJ, Hitchcock RW, The effect of partial weight bearing in a walking boot on plantar pressure distribution and center of pressure. Gait Posture 2012 Jul;36(3):646-9

Coleman TJ, Thomsen JC, Maass SD, Hsu Y, Nygaard IE, Hitchcock RW, Development of a wireless intra-vaginal transducer for monitoring intra-abdominal pressure in women. Biomed Microdevices 2012 Apr;14(2):347-55

North K, Kubiak EN, Hitchcock RW, Sensor packaging design for continuous underfoot load monitoring. Biomed Microdevices 2012 Feb;14(1):217-24

Lasher RA, Pahnke AQ, Johnson JM, Sachse FB, Hitchcock RW, Electrical stimulation directs engineered cardiac tissue to an age-matched native phenotype. J Tissue Eng 2012;3(1):2041731412455354

Kennedy JP, McCandless SP, Rauf A, Williams LM, Hillam J, Hitchcock RW, Engineered channels enhance cellular density in perfused scaffolds. Acta Biomater 2011 Nov;7(11):3896-904

Lackey DP, Carruth ED, Lasher RA, Boenisch J, Sachse FB, Hitchcock RW, Three-dimensional modeling and quantitative analysis of gap junction distributions in cardiac tissue. Ann Biomed Eng 2011 Nov;39(11):2683-94

Dittami GM, Rajguru SM, Lasher RA, Hitchcock RW, Rabbitt RD, Intracellular calcium transients evoked by pulsed infrared radiation in neonatal cardiomyocytes. J Physiol 2011 Mar 15;589(Pt 6):1295-306

Lasher RA, Wolchok JC, Parikh MK, Kennedy JP, Hitchcock RW, Design and characterization of a modified T-flask bioreactor for continuous monitoring of engineered tissue stiffness. Biotechnol Prog 2010 May-Jun;26(3):857-64

Rosenbluth EM, Johnson PJ, Hitchcock RW, Nygaard IE, Development and testing of a vaginal pressure sensor to measure intra-abdominal pressure in women. Neurourol Urodyn 2010 Apr;29(4):532-5

Kennedy JP, McCandless SP, Lasher RA, Hitchcock RW, The mechanically enhanced phase separation of sprayed polyurethane scaffolds and their effect on the alignment of fibroblasts. Biomaterials 2010 Feb;31(6):1126-32

North K, Maass SD, Hitchcock RW, An insole sensor for recording weight bearing behavior during tibial fracture rehabilitation. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2010;2010:1856-9

Coleman TJ, Hsu Y, Nygaard IE, Raynes J, Gordon K, Kumathe M, Hitchcock RW, A Gel filled intravaginal transducer for extended measurements of intra-abdominal pressure. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2010;2010:1852-5

Johnson PJ, Rosenbluth EM, Nygaard IE, Parikh MK, Hitchcock RW, Development of a novel intra-vaginal transducer with improved dynamic response. Biomed Microdevices 2009 Dec;11(6):1213-21

Lasher RA, Hitchcock RW, Sachse FB, Towards modeling of cardiac micro-structure with catheter-based confocal microscopy: a novel approach for dye delivery and tissue characterization. IEEE Trans Med Imaging 2009 Aug;28(8):1156-64

Hanson JJ, Hitchcock RW, Towards sustainable design for single-use medical devices. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2009;2009:5602-5

Webb K, Hitchcock RW, Smeal RM, Li W, Gray SD, Tresco PA, Cyclic strain increases fibroblast proliferation, matrix accumulation, and elastic modulus of fibroblast-seeded polyurethane constructs. J Biomech 2006;39(6):1136-44

Kim YT, Hitchcock R, Broadhead KW, Messina DJ, Tresco PA, A cell encapsulation device for studying soluble factor release from cells transplanted in the rat brain. J Control Release 2005 Jan 20;102(1):101-11

Titze IR, Hitchcock RW, Broadhead K, Webb K, Li W, Gray SD, Tresco P , Design and validation of a bioreactor for engineering vocal fold tissues under combined tensile and vibrational stresses. J Biomech 2004 Oct;37(10):1521-9

Kim YT, Hitchcock RW, Bridge MJ, Tresco PA, Chronic response of adult rat brain tissue to implants anchored to the skull. Biomaterials 2004 May;25(12):2229-37

Webb K, Li W, Hitchcock RW, Smeal RM, Gray SD, Tresco PA, Comparison of human fibroblast ECM-related gene expression on elastic three-dimensional substrates relative to two-dimensional films of the same material. Biomaterials 2003 Nov;24(25):4681-90

Mulder MM, Hitchcock RW, Tresco PA, Skeletal myogenesis on elastomeric substrates: implications for tissue engineering. J Biomater Sci Polym Ed 1998;9(7):731-48