Katherine E. Reuther


351G Engineering Terrace
Mail Code 8904

Tel(212) 851-0272

Katie Reuther's interests lie in the development and translation of early-stage medical technologies and discoveries and is an experienced educator in this area. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University, with additional appointments as the Director of the Columbia Biomedical Technology Accelerator (BiomedX) Program and the Director of Master’s Studies. The BiomedX program provides funding, education, and support to students and faculty interested in commercializing their biomedical inventions. She has advised and educated numerous student and faculty teams and start-ups in developing and commercializing medical technologies. 

Research Interests

Design, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Engineering Education, Biomechanics, Orthopedics

She also serves as a consultant for Biocomx, a national organization that trains and supports researchers, professionals, and early stage companies in commercializing medical technologies and in this role, has acted as a project manager for several NIH programs including the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative. Her current educational work focuses on developing new instructional tools and programs to enhance graduate education in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She has spearheaded the development of a graduate-level Biomedical Innovation program that covers all aspects of the design process, including needs identification, concept generation, and commercialization.

Prior to joining Columbia and while pursuing her PhD, Reuther served as a Research Assistant at the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory. Her dissertation researched focused on determining fundamental relationships and mechanisms of tendon and ligament injury and repair, with a particular emphasis on tissue mechanics and the shoulder. She continues to apply her research expertise through collaborations with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University, with a specific focus on translational orthopaedic clinical research. The goal of her current work is to optimize surgical and non-surgical treatment strategies for shoulder injury.

Reuther received a BS in Biomedical Engineering (with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering) from The College of New Jersey, a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Columbia University.


  • Co-Investigator, Translational Orthopedic Biomechanics Research, 2014-Present
  • Research Assistant, McKay Orthopaedic Research, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2014


  • Senior Lecturer in Design, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, 2019-Present
  • Director, Columbia BiomedX, 2018-Present
  • Co-Founder, Syntegrity Biomedical, 2018-Present
  • Co-Founder and Faculty Director, Youth Sports Lab, 2018-Present
  • Consultant, Biocomx, 2017-Present
  • Director of Master’s Studies, 2016- Present
  • Advisory Board Member, Luso Labs, 2016-Present
  • Co-Director, Columbia BiomedX, 2015- 2018
  • Advisory Board Member, Neopenda, 2015-Present
  • Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, 2014-2019
  • Volunteer, Perry Initiative Outreach Program, 2010-Present
  • Clinical Affairs, Integra LifeSciences, 2008


  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
  • Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)


  • Presidential Teaching Award, Columbia University, Finalist, 2019, 2020                                                      
  • Excellence in Engineering Design, Top Senior Design Team, Faculty Advisor, 2019
  • Excellence in Engineering Design, Top Senior Design Team, Faculty Advisor, 2017
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Editor’s Pick, 2014
  • Orthopaedic Research Society Meeting, AAOS Best Shoulder/Elbow Poster, 2012



  1. Marshall BP, Loya AK, Drazan JF, Prato AT, Conley NC, Thomopoulos S, Reuther KE.  (2020) Developing a STEM+M identity in underrepresented minority youth through biomechanics and sports-based education. Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. June 22. Online ahead of print.
  2. Reuther KE, Nye AM, Begg LH, Cavusoglu AH, O’Neill JD (2017). Accelerating Biomedical Innovation in Academia: Leveraging Academic Discoveries to Meet the Needs of Both Faculty and Students. American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio.
  3. Byrd J, Herskowitz O, Aloise J, Nye A, Rao S, Reuther K. (2017) University Technology Accelerators: Design Considerations and Emerging Best Practices. Technology & Innovation: National Academy of Inventors, June; 19: 349-362.
  4. Reuther KE, Cennamo MJ, Guo TW (2016). Re-designing Design: A Technology-enhanced Graduate-level Biomedical Design Course.  American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana.


  1. Thomas SJ, Sheridan S, Reuther KE. (2020) Humeral Retroversion and Participation Age Differ Based on Geographical Region in Professional Baseball Pitchers. J Athl Train. 2020 Jan; 55(1):27-31.
  2. Reuther KE, Sheridan S, Thomas SJ. (2018) Differentiation of Bony and Soft Tissue Adaptations of the Shoulder in Professional Baseball Pitchers. J Shoulder Elb Surg, Aug; 27(8):1491-1496.
  3. Reuther KE, Larsen R, Kuhn PD, Kelly JD, Thomas SJ. (2016) Sleeper Stretch Accelerates Recovery of Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Following Pitching, J Shoulder Elb Surg, Dec; 25(12):1925-1929.
  4. Reuther KE, Tucker JJ, Gordon JA, Thomas SJ, Vafa RP, Yannascoli SM, Caro AC, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ (2015) Effect of Scapular Dyskinesis on Supraspinatus Repair Healing in a Rat Model, J Shoulder Elb Surg, Aug; 24(8):1235-42.
  5. Reuther KE, Tucker JJ, Thomas SJ, Yannascoli SM, Caro AC, Vafa RP, Gordon JA, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ (2014) Overuse Activity in the Presence of Scapular Dyskinesis Leads to Shoulder Tendon Damage in a Rat Model, Ann Biomed Eng, Apr; 43(4):917-28.
  6. Reuther KE, Thomas SJ, Tucker JJ, Yannascoli SM, Caro AC, Vafa RP, Gordon JA, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ (2014) Scapular Dyskinesis is Detrimental to Shoulder Tendon Properties and Joint Mechanics in a Rat Model, J Orthop Res, Nov; 32(11):1436-43.


  1. Reuther KE, Rooney SI. (2020) Rotator Cuff Repair: Bridging the Gap Through Engineering Innovation, Case Study. Access Engineering: McGraw Hill
  2. Reuther KE, Kuhn JD. (2016) Disorders of the Scapula and Their Role in Shoulder Injury – A Clinical Guide to Evaluation and Management, Scapula and Rotator Cuff Disease/Impingement and Treatment
  3. Reuther KE, Gray CF, Soslowsky LJ.  (2013) Orthopaedic Basic Science, 4th Edition, Form and Function of Tendon and Ligament.