BioMEMS & Cardiovascular Mechanics Lab
Earl and Mary Lou Kohnhorst unveil their portrait, with help
from the Dean of Speed School of Engineering, Dr. Mickey
Wilhelm, during the dedication of the BioMEMs and Cardio-
vascular Mechanics Laboratory in the Kohnhorst's honor
of their very generous contribution to further the lab's
The BioMEMS & Cardiovascular Laboratory has been the springboard for many bioengineering research projects and has supported other UofL, bio-related research as well. Projects like (pictures above, from left-to-right), Real-Time Arterial Blood Flow Monitoring, Surgical Retinal Micro-Tacks, Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC's), Carbon Nanotube Cilia, to name a few, were or are being supported, fabricated, and/or tested in this laboratory. Recently, the lab was granted a $250,000 endowment from Earl and Mary Lou Kohnhorst that was matched by the Bucks for Brains initiative to aid in these important areas of research. Earl Kohnhorst, now a resident of California, is a former Chemical Engineering graduate of UofL and stays close to his alumna's research activities. In honor of this generous contribution, Dr. Robert S. Keynton has renamed the lab, "The Earl and Mary Lou Kohnhorst BioMEMS and Cardiovascular Mechanics Laboratory."
Robert S. Keynton is currently the chair and a full professor of the Department of Bioengineering and a University Scholar at the University of Louisville. After completion of his Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the Unversity of Akron, Akron OH, in 1995, he joined the Biomedical Engineering program at Louisiana Tech University (LTU) in Ruston, LA, as an Assistant Professor. In 1996, he became an Associate Research faculty member in the Institute for Micromanufacturing at LTU and in Shreveport, LA as an Adjunct Faculty Member. He later became the Associate Director of Engineering for the Center of Applied Physics Studies at LTU in 1997.
In 1999, Dr. Keynton joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Louisville (UofL) as an Assistant Professor, director of the BioMEMS and Cardivascular Mechanics Laboratory, and Co-director of the UofL Micro/NanoTechnology Facility and was promoted with tenure to Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineeering in 2002.
He became the interim Scientific Director and Endowed Chair for the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute in July 2004 and, in 2005, he was named the founding chair of the new Department of Bioengineering. In 2006, he was promoted to full professor in the Department of Bioengineering and was selected and recognized as a UofL University Scholar.
He co-founded two companies, Assenti, LLC and Ultra Trace Detection, LLC, along with colleagues at UofL in 2003 and 2006, respectively. In 2001, Dr. Keynton was recognized by the Houston Society of Engineering in Medicine and Biology as the Outstanding Young Scientist of the Year. Dr. Keynton has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 70 conference papers, and 8 patents pending. He is currently involved in multidisciplinary research that includes over $8.8 million of funding from NIH, NSF and DHS and has served as PI or Co-PI on projects from NSF, DOE, NIH, NASA, DHS, VA and the Whitaker Foundation totaling almost $28M. In 2007, he was elected to the College of Fellows in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is an active member of ASME, IEEE-EMBS, and BMES and has organized conferences and sessions for these societies.
His research interests include BioMEMS, microfluidics, Lab-on-a-Chip development, nanofabrication, MEMS modeling, ultra-high precision micromechanical machining, and cardiovascular mechanics.