John McDevitt ,

  • Professor


John McDevitt

John T. McDevitt serves as the Chair for the Department Biomaterials and Biomimetics at New York University College of Dentistry and is a pioneer in the development of ‘programmable bio-nano-chip’ technologies. He has a strong track record of translating essential bioscience discoveries into real-world clinical practice. In this capacity he serves as the Scientific Founder for several companies in areas related to medical microdevice technologies. His most recent company, SensoDx, features a universal platform sensor technology with capacity to digitize biological signatures for a broad range of key health conditions. McDevitt and his team over the past decade have raised over $25M in Federal and Foundation support. His recent research has been sponsored by major programs funded by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the United Kingdom’s Home Office Scientific Development Branch.

McDevitt and his team have written more than 185 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and have contributed to more than 100 patents and patent applications. This work was recognized with the “Best of What's New Award” in the Medical Device Category for 2008 by Popular Science as well as for the “Best Scientific Advances Award” in 1998 by the Science Coalition. Dr. McDevitt’s individual honors include the Presidential Young Investigator Award, the 2010 California Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni Award and the Exxon Education Award. Over the past 5 years Dr. McDevitt has served as the Principal Investigator for 6 major clinical trials and 2 clinical pilot studies, all involving the programmable bio-nano-chip. Through these clinical efforts, mini-sensor ensembles are being developed for major diseases in the areas of oral cancer, cardiac heart disease, trauma, drugs of abuse, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.

Dr. McDevitt’s research expertise, coupled with his entrepreneurial approach, make him uniquely well-qualified to lead the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics in developing interdisciplinary, synergistic partnerships among investigators and educators at NYUCD and its College of Nursing and with NYU’s Polytechnic Bioengineering Institute, all of which are housed in the newly opened, interprofessional facility at 433 First Avenue.

Research Group:

Research Interests: Bioengineering, biomaterials, diagnostics, bio-MEMS

California Polytechnic State University, 1982
Bachelor of Science, Analytical and Physical Chemistry

Stanford University, 1987
Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor
Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry Divisions
From: July 1989 to August 1995

University of Texas at Austin
Associate Professor
Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry Divisions
From: September 1995 to August 2000

University of Texas at Austin
Full Professor
Inorganic, Analytical and Physical Chemistry Divisions
From: September 2000 to July 2009

Rice University
Brown-Weiss Professor of Bioengineering and Chemistry
From: July 2009 to present

New York University
Chair, Department Biomaterials
From: January 2015 to present


• 2016 Wallace H. Coulter Lecturership Award, Highest Award from AACC
• Nokia Sensing X Prize Finalist—Round 2
• Scientific Founder and Chief Scientific Officer for SensoDx, LLC.
• Nokia Sensing X Prize Finalist—Round 1
• Outstanding New Faculty Member School of Engineering, Rice Alumni Association
• Honored Alumnus Award, College of Science and Mathematics, California Polytechnic State University
• Stephen T. Sonis Visiting Professor Award, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
• Popular Science Best of What's New Award in the Personal Health category
• Scientific Founder for LabNow, Inc. (HIV immune test for resource poor settings)
• Gates Award Grant Recipient (HIV monitoring for use in Africa)
• Science Coalition Best Scientific Advances of the Year
• Best Poster Award, Boston MRS meeting
• Primary inventor of “Taste Chip Technology”
• Presidential Young Investigator Award, U.T. Austin
• Exxon Education Foundation Award, U.T. Austin
• Grace Fellowship, Stanford University
• Chemistry Dept. Research Award, California Polytechnic State University