Dr. Robert Dennis, Ph.D.
Dr. Robert Dennis’ training proceeded through mechanical engineering, biologic engineering, and kinesiology ending with a PhD in biomedical engineering in 1996.
He has had numerous academic appointments at the University of Michigan, Harvard – MIT and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he continues today in a full-time capacity. In this university position he is encouraged to develop new technologies and engage in technology transfer into commercialized and societally-useful applications.
Generally, his research was in the area of tissue engineering, robotics, modern manufacturing technologies, prosthetics, and bio-hybrid systems. His primary work was in the development of tissue engineering, especially musculoskeletal and cardiovascular tissues. This research and experience has led to great familiarity with ways of stimulating tissues to enhance function and facilitate repair and regeneration.
It is as a result of his academic research that he was able to develop a PEMF stimulation system for stem cells, then adding on stimulation signals for the musculoskeletal system. His research led them to understand that stimulating muscles, tendons, bone and nerves led to secondary stimulation of their surrounding tissue structures. His experience and research then lead ultimately to the development of the SomaPulse™ device.