Gerald Loeb, M.D.

(M’98) received a B.A. (’69) and M.D. (’72) from Johns Hopkins University and did one year of surgical residency at the University of Arizona before joining the Laboratory of Neural Control at the National Institutes of Health (1973-1988).  He was Professor of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (1988-1999) and is now Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Medical Device Development Facility at the University of Southern California (http://mddf.usc.edu).  Dr. Loeb was one of the original developers of the cochlear implant to restore hearing to the deaf and was Chief Scientist for Advanced Bionics Corp. (1994-1999), manufacturers of the ClarionÒ cochlear implant.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, holder of 52 issued US patents and author of over 200 scientific papers (available from http://bme.usc.edu/gloeb).

Most of Dr. Loeb’s current research is directed toward sensorimotor control of paralyzed and prosthetic limbs.  His research team developed BION™ injectable neuromuscular stimulators and has been conducting several pilot clinical trials.  They are developing and commercializing a biomimetic tactile sensor for robotic and prosthetic hands through a start-up company for which Dr. Loeb is Chief Executive Officer (www.SynTouchLLC.com). His lab at USC is developing computer models of musculoskeletal mechanics and the interneuronal circuitry of the spinal cord, which facilitates control and learning of voluntary motor behaviors by the brain.  These projects build on Dr. Loeb’s long-standing basic research into the properties and natural activities of muscles, motoneurons, proprioceptors and spinal reflexes.