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Greg Thomas Gdowski, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 273-2353

Administrative: (585) 273-2353

Office: (585) 275-2580

Fax: (585) 276-1999


Professional Background

Dr. Gdowski serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation. He has worked both in the academic research and industry/incubation settings. He served on the faculty in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester from 2001-2010 where he established and managed a NIH-funded research laboratory in vestibular sensory processing. From 2010-2012, he worked at Blue Highway, located on the campus of Syracuse University, as a senior Research Engineering Fellow. Blue Highway was an innovation incubator designed to fill Welch Allyn's pipeline with differentiating products from the academic environment. His role was to manage ideation,invention, incubation, and subsequent innovation opportunities. He helped to develop, foster, and fund external relationships with academia, industry partners, government agencies, and individual investors. He also helped to triage more than 500 academic project submissions and presented business development opportunities to senior leadership at Welch Allyn. The proprietary selection processes served as a due diligence engine that resulted in nearly 30 academic projects that were funded by Welch Allyn through Blue Highway. More than 12 differentiating products, services, and tools were delivered to Welch Allyn.

The purpose of the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation is to coordinate educational and entrepreneurial activities related to the development of novel technological solutions to clinical problems. The Center brings together physicians, engineers, business leaders, and industrial partners to foster a unique training program and path by which medical technologies at the University of Rochester are cultivated and brought to the marketplace. A principal activity is the development of a Master's Degree program in Medical Technology Innovation within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. The students within this program interact with both clinical and engineering faculty to identify critical needs in the clinic and to develop practical engineering solutions that will facilitate and improve health care delivery. A second goal of the Center is to provide a service and pathway that helps the faculty and students transition their technology developed on the lab workbench to commercialization. The Center fosters interactions with the medical device industry to facilitate a more readily traversed path to commercialization.

Dr. Gdowski has resided in both Rochester and Syracuse. He has served as the Chair and has managed both the Syracuse and Rochester IEEE Sections, representing over 2,000 engineering professionals. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the MedTech Association and serves as the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee. Through MedTech, he is actively networked and connected to an association of over 150 Upstate NY pharmaceutical, biotech and medical technology companies, their suppliers and service providers, and research universities.


Before joining the Center for Medical Technology & Innovation, Dr. Gdowski's research focused on the neural mechanisms underlying postural control. In particular, his research was targeted at understanding how sensory signals are utilized in the control of reflexes that control the orientation of the head with respect to the body.

Postural reflexes are evoked and controlled by a variety of sensory inputs. The vestibulo-spinal (VS) pathways carry sensory vestibular signals to widespread regions of the spinal cord where they interact with motor nuclei to produce reflexive movement. His laboratory studied the vestibulo-collic reflexes (VCR), which are an important subset of postural reflexes that avert potential neck injury by reorienting the head during perturbations of the body. These mechanisms were studied using a variety of electrophysiological techniques for relating the response properties of the vestibulospinal neurons to functional aspects of the behavior and to the muscular activity used to produce the behavior. The functional aspects of the behavior to a certain extent depend on the behavioral context in which the reflex was evoked. His research sought to understand the signal processing carried out by the spinal pathways and how it resulted in motor activity that was used to produce reflexive movements of the neck muscles. The results of these studies were not only significant to our understanding of the sensory-motor control of head movements but were also likely globally applicable to the control of all vestibular postural reflexes because their mechanisms likely utilize similar neural processing strategies.



BS | Boston University
Biomedical engineering

MS | Boston University
Biomedical engineering

PhD | Boston University
Biomedical engineering

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

1995 - 1999
Postdoctoral Fellow University of Chicago; Department of Neurobiology, Pharmacology and Physiology, Robert A. McCrea, Ph.D., Research Advisor.


Technical Excellence Award for Technical Innovation and Leadership in the Fields of Biomedical Engineering and Neurobiology.
Sponsor: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Location: Region 1

(Alpha Eta Mu Beta) Biomedical Engineering Honor Society
Location: Boston University


Journal Articles

L. K. Hobbs; L. Shaw-Klein; W.J. Grande; G. T. Gdowski. "A Testing Platform to Evaluate Thermal Profiles of Balloon Catheter-based Bipolar Radiofrequency Ablation Devices in the Treatment of Resistant Hypertension". Journal of Biomedical Technology and Research. 2014; 1.

McCoy CP, O'Neil EJ, Cowley JF, Carson L, De Baróid ÁT, Gdowski GT, Gorman SP, Jones DS. "Photodynamic antimicrobial polymers for infection control." PloS one.. 2014 9(9):e108500. Epub 2014 Sep 24.

Luan H, Gdowski MJ, Newlands SD, Gdowski GT. "Convergence of vestibular and neck proprioceptive sensory signals in the cerebellar interpositus." The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience.. 2013 Jan 16; 33(3):1198-210a.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: The role of the tonic neck-eye reflex in gaze control.
Book Title: Control of Posture and Gait.
Author List: McCrea, R.A.; Gdowski, G.T.
Edited By: Duysens, J.; Bouwien; Smits-Engelsman, B.C.M.; Kingma, H.
Published By: International Society for Postural and Gait Research. 2001 in Nijmegen, Netherlands