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Roger Johnson

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Director Strategic Initiatives
University Staff, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5001

Roger Johnson, PhD

Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Biodesign Institute at ASU

Roger Johnson is the director of strategic initiatives. He leads strategic initiatives between the Biodesign Institute and a variety of health care, industrial, nonprofit and governmental organizations.

Johnson is a research administrator, with background as an engineer, inventor and research scientist, who has a strong track record of taking large, complex multidisciplinary research projects and seeing them through from basic discovery to the marketplace. He works with Biodesign scientists to pursue new research funding opportunities, and links the work of the research teams with partner universities, clinical institutions and industrial partners to expand Biodesign’s research portfolio.

Prior to his current appointment, Johnson served for seven years as a research scientist and laboratory manager in the Biodesign Institute’s Center for Biosignatures Discovery Automation, where he was responsible for the overall management of daily research activities in the center as well as leading a cell CT research project.

Johnson holds a number of patents, including two on x-ray and two on optical microtomography. He has more than 20 years’ experience in 3-D micro CT, and is an expert in CT scanner design and construction, image reconstruction algorithms, and 3-D image processing and analysis.

Prior to joining ASU, Johnson was a tenured associate professor in biomedical engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, with appointments at the Medical College of Wisconsin (departments of biophysics and radiology) and the Milwaukee VAMC Department of Physiology, where he built an x-ray microtomograph to study the lung microvasculature in animal models of pulmonary hypertension. Before moving to Marquette in 1996, he was assistant professor in bioengineering and radiology at the Ohio State University. Initially, he worked in the orthopedic implant field, both in industrial and clinical research settings. It was this pursuit that led him to the practice and the study of 3-D medical imaging, first with light and electron microscopy, then using other modalities including CT, MRI and PET. 

Johnson received a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Washington in 1995.

Research Interests

research development

research advancement

imaging physics

3D microscopic and medical imaging

optical tomography

x-ray tomography

imaging instrumentation

reconstruction algorithms


cell physiology


Research Activity
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 495Undergraduate Research