Head of Science and Founder
Dr. Gregory W. Auner is a Strauss/TEAMS (Technology and Engineering Applications in Medicine and Surgery) Endowed Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI and the Director of Research for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology at Henry Ford Health systems Department of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Auner is the founder and director of the Smart Sensors and Integrated Microsystems (SSIM) program at WSU, which encompasses 8 centrally located laboratories over 150 participating faculty, graduate students, staff scientists/engineers and undergraduate researchers. His SSIM program, along with the Chiefs of Surgery at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit Medical Center, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Beaumont and Henry Ford Hospital Systems, have created the Technology and Engineering Applications in Medicine and Surgery (TEAMS) which is integrating state of the art science and technology into the field of medicine.
He has developed an array of instruments, sensors and microsystems for federal institutions, research institutions and industry. Dr. Auner’s program is the main microsystems technology for these initiatives. He has over 35 patents (issued and pending) in the last several years for bio implants, chemical, biomedical, and environmental sensors and microsystems. He has over 250 peer reviewed publications and over 4000 citations. He has received a number of awards including the Strauss Endowed Chair, Induction to the 2007-2008 Class of Leaders & Innovators, WSU Alumni Faculty Service Award, RARE Foundation’s Everyday Hero Award, the Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Knowledge, American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Dr. Auner was appointed to the National Academies Board on Manufacturing Design and Engineering in 2004.