Robert Keynton

Professor, Dept. Chair, Endowed Chair for Biomechanical Devices, Lutz Endowed Chair, University Fellow, & Bioengineering


Robert S. Keynton is a professor and the Lutz Endowed Chair of Biomechanical Devices of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Louisville (UofL).  He is also the Director of Research Initiatives within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation. He received the B.S. degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, in 1987, the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Akron, Akron, OH, in 1990 and 1995, respectively.  In 1995, he joined the Biomedical Engineering program at Louisiana Tech University (LTU) in Ruston, LA, as an Assistant Professor and became an Associate Research faculty member in the Institute for Micromanufacturing in 1996, and the Associate Director of Engineering for the Center of Applied Physics Studies in 1997 at LTU.  Since joining UofL in 1999 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Keynton has served as the Sr. Associate Director of the UofL Micro/NanoTechnology Center and the interim Scientific Director and Endowed Chair for the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute.  He was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, in 2002, named the founding chair of the new Department of Bioengineering in 2005 and promoted to full professor and named a University Scholar in 2006. He co-founded two companies, Assenti, LLC and Ultra Trace Dectection, LLC with colleagues at UofL.  He was named a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2007, elected to the AIMBE Board of Directors in 2012, recognized by the Houston Society of Engineering in Medicine and Biology as the 2001 Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year, has 92 peer-reviewed publications, 119 conference papers, 4 book chapters, 5 patents issued, 9 provisional/non-provisional patents and 9 research disclosures.  At UofL, he has been involved in multidisciplinary research that includes over $48 million (over $16 M currently active) of funding from NIH, NSF, DHS, DOE, DoD, NASA, Coulter Foundation, Helmsley Trust and the Veterans Administration.  He is an active member and has organized international conferences for ASME, BMES, IEEE-EMBS, and MMB.

Teaching Interests

Biofluids, Biomechanics, Biomaterials, BioMEMS and FDA regulations

Research Interests

His research interests include BioMEMS, microfluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip devices, nanofabrication, MEMS modeling, micromechanical machining, and cardiovascular mechanics.