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John  Skousen

Phone: 801-587-1575
Office: 3225 Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB)

John Skousen

Lecturer, Academic Advisor, Undergraduate Program
Teaching Staff
BS Biomedical Engineering, Minor Chemistry - Univeristy of Utah 2007
PhD Biomedical Engineering - Univeristy of Utah 2012

Current Research

My research interests focus on better integrating devices and biomaterials into the body to improve existing therapies while also creating new ways to improve patient care. I have a strong background in biomedical device design, biomaterials characterization, micro/nanofabrication, regulatory affairs and commercialization. I am also passionate about education and love to teach.

My outside interests include spending time with my wife Laura and our dog pepper, kayaking, hiking and playing/watching soccer. Go Real Salt Lake!

Selected Publications

Jorfi M, Skousen JL, Weder C, Capadona JR, Progress towards biocompatible intracortical microelectrodes for neural interfacing applications. J Neural Eng 2015 Feb;12(1):011001

Skousen JL, Bridge MJ, Tresco PA, A strategy to passively reduce neuroinflammation surrounding devices implanted chronically in brain tissue by manipulating device surface permeability. Biomaterials 2015 Jan;36:33-43

Nolta NF, Christensen MB, Crane PD, Skousen JL, Tresco PA, BBB leakage, astrogliosis, and tissue loss correlate with silicon microelectrode array recording performance. Biomaterials 2015;53:753-62

Nguyen JK, Park DJ, Skousen JL, Hess-Dunning AE, Tyler DJ, Rowan SJ, Weder C, Capadona JR, Mechanically-compliant intracortical implants reduce the neuroinflammatory response. J Neural Eng 2014 Oct;11(5):056014

Ravikumar M, Hageman DJ, Tomaszewski WH, Chandra GM, Skousen JL, Capadona JR, The Effect of Residual Endotoxin Contamination on the Neuroinflammatory Response to Sterilized Intracortical Microelectrodes. J Mater Chem B Mater Biol Med 2014 May 7;2(17):2517-2529

Potter-Baker KA, Nguyen JK, Kovach KM, Gitomer MM, Srail TW, Stewart WG, Skousen JL, Capadona JR, Development of Superoxide Dismutase Mimetic Surfaces to Reduce Accumulation of Reactive Oxygen Species for Neural Interfacing Applications. J Mater Chem B Mater Biol Med 2014 Apr 28;2(16):2248-2258

Skousen JL, Merriam SM, Srivannavit O, Perlin G, Wise KD, Tresco PA, Reducing surface area while maintaining implant penetrating profile lowers the brain foreign body response to chronically implanted planar silicon microelectrode arrays. Prog Brain Res 2011;194:167-80