Keck School Faculty

John Whalen, PhD
John Whalen, PhD
Assistant Professor of Research Ophthalmology
HC4 6534 1450 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
John J. Whalen, PhD, is a materials scientist and biomedical engineer with interest in applied research to develop novel materials technologies to address ocular and neurologic disorders. Currently his efforts are focused in three areas: 1) novel materials coatings for enhanced neurostimulation and sensing, 2) novel polymeric adhesive materials for addressing ocular trauma, and 3) non-drug based antibacterial thin films for preventing ocular infections and nosocomial infections.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Whalen served as an industry liaison for USC’s NSF-sponsored Biomimetic Microelectronic Systems (BMES) Engineering Research Center for four years, helping to bridge new biomedical research discoveries with industry through translational development programs. Before his role at BMES, Dr. Whalen was part of the early stage management team at Aspire Bariatrics, Inc., that advanced a Class-III implant device from prototype through US safety and feasibility studies and eventual European market approval in an accelerated, six-year time period.

NAEVR: Emerging Vision Scientist Award, 2015

: Washington D.C. Chapter ARCS Award Fellow , 2003

: Washington D.C. Chapter ARCS Award Fellow, 2001

Electrochemical and mechanical performance of reduced graphene oxide, conductive hydrogel, and electrodeposited Pt-Ir coated electrodes: an active in vitro study J Neural Eng. 2019 Dec 23; 17(1):016015. . View in PubMed

Electrodeposited platinum-iridium coating improves in vivo recording performance of chronically implanted microelectrode arrays Biomaterials. 2019 Jun; 205:120-132. . View in PubMed

A reversible thermoresponsive sealant for temporary closure of ocular trauma Sci Transl Med. 2017 Dec 06; 9(419). . View in PubMed

Improved electrode material for deep brain stimulation Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2016 08; 2016:1798-1801. . View in PubMed

Materials and fractal designs for 3D multifunctional integumentary membranes with capabilities in cardiac electrotherapy Adv Mater. 2015 Mar 11; 27(10):1731-7. . View in PubMed

Electrodeposition of platinum-iridium alloy nanowires for hermetic packaging of microelectronics Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012; 2012:727-30. . View in PubMed

Surface modification of neural stimulating/recording electrodes with high surface area platinum-iridium alloy coatings Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011; 2011:3001-4. . View in PubMed

The dependence of spectral impedance on disc microelectrode radius IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2008 Apr; 55(4):1457-60. . View in PubMed

The pharmacokinetics and pharmaco-dynamics of Procysteine in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Neurology. 1999 Apr 22; 52(7):1492-4. . View in PubMed

Pharmacokinetics of 2-oxothiazolidine-4-carboxylate, a cysteine prodrug, and cysteine J Clin Pharmacol. 1998 Oct; 38(10):945-50. . View in PubMed

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