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

Engineering Education, Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Soft Tissue Biomechanics, Mechanisms of Orthopaedic Injury and Repair, Shoulder.

She also serves as a consultant for the Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (C3i) Program supported by the NIH. 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 and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Graduate Research Assistant, McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-2014


  • Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, 2019-Present
  • Director, Columbia BiomedX, 2018-Present
  • Director of Master’s Studies, 2016- Present
  • Co-Director, Columbia Biomedical Technology Accelerator (BiomedX, formerly Columbia-Coulter), 2015- 2018
  • Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, 2014-2019


  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Orthopaedic Research Society
  • Biomedical Engineering Society


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reuther KE, Tucker JJ, Thomas SJ, Vafa RP, Liu SS, Gordon JA, Caro AC, Yannascoli SM, Kuntz AF, Soslowsky LJ (2015) Effect of Scapular Dyskinesis on Supraspinatus Repair Healing in a Rat Model, J Shoulder Elbow Surg, Aug; 24(8):1235-42.
  • 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, Sept; Apr; 43(4):917-28.
  • 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.
  • Reuther KE, Thomas SJ, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Gray CF, Rooney SI, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. (2014) Disruption of Anterior-Posterior Rotator Cuff Force Balance Alters Joint Function and Leads to Joint Damage in a Rat Model. J Orthop Res, May; 32(5):638-44.
  • Reuther KE*, Thomas SJ*, Evans EB, Tucker JJ, Sarver JJ, Ilkhani-Pour S, Gray CF, Voleti PB, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. (2013) Returning to Overuse Activity Following a Combined Supraspinatus and Infraspinatus Tear Leads to Shoulder Joint Damage. J Biomech, July 26 46(11):1818-24 *Demonstrates equal contributions
  • Reuther KE*, Thomas SJ*, Sarver JJ, Tucker JJ, Lee CS, Gray CF, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. (2013) Effect of Return to Overuse Activity Following an Isolated Supraspinatus Tendon Tear on Adjacent Intact Tendons and Glenoid Cartilage in a Rat Model.J Orthop Res, May; 31(5):710-5. *Demonstrates equal contributions
  • Reuther KE, Sarver JJ, Lee CS, Schultz SM, Sehgal CM, Glaser DL, Soslowsky LJ. (2012) Glenoid Cartilage Mechanical Properties Decrease after Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears in a Rat Model. J Orthop Res, Sep; 30 (9):1435-9.