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  • Kenneth St. John, PhD

    Kenneth St JohnGraduate Program Director, Biomedical Materials Science
    Associate Professor, Biomedical Materials Science
    Phone : (601) 984-6170
    Fax : (601) 984-6087
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    • PhD - Biomedical Engineering - Mississippi State University, 2001
    • MS - Bioengineering - Clemson University, 1977 
    • BS - Biomedical Engineering - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1975

    Board Certificates

    Society Memberships

    • Society for Biomaterials
    • Orthopaedic Research Society
    • ASTM International

    Teaching Areas

    Biomaterials Orthopaedic Biomechanics

    Research Areas

    Wear of Biomaterials Biocompatibility of Implant Materials Histological Evaluation of Calcified Tissues and Implants

    Clinical Interests

    Hip Replacement Fracture Fixation

    Biographical Information

    Dr. St. John received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Mississippi State University in 2001. He received his M.S. in Bioengineering from Clemson University in 1977 and his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1975. Before joining the faculty in 1989, he served as a Research Project Leader in advanced composites, ligament replacement devices and bioresorbable polymers for Osteonics Biomaterials (formerly Hexcel Medical) in Livermore, California. Dr. St. John serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee for Biocompatibility Test Methods of ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices. In 1992, he chaired an ASTM symposium and edited the resultant Special Technical Publication entitled "Particulate Debris from Medical Implants: Mechanisms of Formation and Biological Consequences" and is also co-author (with Dr. Tsao) of a chapter on implant wear in "Encyclopedic Handbook of Biomaterials and Bioengineering". He currently serves as Associate Professor in Biomedical Materials Science specializing in wear of total joint bearing materials, undecalcified bone histology, biocompatibility of device materials and analysis of retrieved medical devices. He is coordinator of the Scanning Electron Microscopy in the School of Dentistry and has served on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee and the Animal Facilities Liaison Committee for the University Medical Center. He is a member of the Orthopedic Research Society, the Society for Biomaterials, and ASTM International.

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