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Damien Rodger MD, PhD


Division: neural-electronics, neural-scaffolds

Research Interests:

Dr. Rodger has conducted groundbreaking research on the design, fabrication, and testing of high density microtechnologies for retinal and spinal cord prostheses, and has been instrumental in the development of novel bioMEMS for intraocular pressure reduction and monitoring. He has written and coauthored more than forty journal publications and refereed conference proceeding, has been granted more than twenty patents to date, and serves on the review board for multiple prestigious engineering journals and international conferences. Dr. Rodger is also Principal Investigator of the XOMA EYEGUARD study at the USC Roski Eye Institute for the treatment of non-infectious, non-anterior uveitis (NIU).


Damien C. Rodger worked as a co-op intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on attitude control microsystems for unmanned space exploration while completing his Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University in 2000. Dr. Rodger then earned his Medical Degree from the Keck School of Medicine of USC and his PhD in Bioengineering from the California Institute of Technology. He was voted Transitional Resident of the Year at the University of Chicago/NorthShore Program before starting his residency in ophthalmology at the USC Department of Ophthalmology, LAC+USC program. Dr. Rodger completed his Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship and was a Clinical Instructor at the USC Eye Institute. He was awarded the Heed Fellowship for the 2013-2014 year and the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery for the 2014-2015 year. He specializes in medical and surgical retina, as well as in uveitis and ocular inflammation.


  • MD, University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, 2009
  • PhD, Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology, 2008


  • Dean’s Scholar, Cornell University 1996-2000
  • Schlumberger Collegiate Award Scholarship recipient 1999-2000
  • W. M. Keck Foundation Fellowship in Nanobiotechnology 2000-2001
  • Salerni Collegium MD/PhD Award recipient 2001-2003
  • Dean’s Recognition, USC Keck School of Medicine 2003
  • Whitaker Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Biomedical Engineering 2003-2006
  • Drinkward Postdoctoral Fellowship 2005-2006
  • Transducer Research Foundation Travel Award recipient 2007
  • Salerni Collegium MD/PhD Award recipient 2007-2008
  • Irving I. Lasky MD Memorial Award for Excellence in Research 2009
  • Intern of the Year Award, Transitional Year Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem 2009-2010
  • ARVO Travel Award, USC Department of Ophthalmology-USC Professional Association 2012, 2013
  • Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship 2013-2014
  • Ronald G. Michels Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery 2014