Mathew T Mathew PhD

Cedric W. Blazer Endowed Professor University of Illinois College of Medicine RockfordBiomedical Sciences
Work 1601 Parkview Ave. Rockford IL 61107 Work Phone: (815) 395-5865 Work Fax: (815) 395-5666
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Biographical Info

Dr. Mathew’s major research focus is in the area of simulation of human artificial joints, biomechanics and tribocorrosion of implanted biomaterials used in dentistry and orthopedics. Biomedical implants are increasingly used to assist the patients with disability and bring comfort and continue their healthy physical activities. The main objective of his research is to increase the longevity of implants and determine the biocompatibility and stability of the implants using an interdisciplinary approach. Fretting-corrosion of hip implants is a major concern in orthopedic patients. Similarly, durability and performance of dental implants are limited because of the harsh oral environment due to constantly varying pH and biofilm growth based on the food habits and oral hygiene of the subject. By using the concept of synergism between wear and corrosion (tribocorrosion), Dr. Mathew seeks to understand the degradation mechanisms in implants and provide solutions to prevent the failure and/or early prediction of the failure processes. Dr. Mathew and his team have developed various surface modifications on the implants that can resist superior wear and corrosion and still maintain biocompatibility. Dr. Mathew and his group are also actively involved in developing new diagnostic tools for detecting implant-derived circulating metal ions in the blood of patients who received metal implants. He is leading the Regenerative Medicine and Disability Research lab, within the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford.

Dr. Mathew also holds a faculty appointment at the College of Dentistry and Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois Chicago, and Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush University Medical Center Chicago. Dr. Mathew developed graduate-level courses for the Master of Science in Medical Biotechnology (MBT) Program in Rockford and Bioengineering PhD students. His research is supported by NIH, NSF and research foundations. He is the Editor-in- Chief of the Journal of Bio and Tribocorrosion by Springer and was  instrumental in initiating an international research institute called “Institute of Biomaterials, Tribocorrosion and Nanomedicine” (IBTN), which is a joint venture between University of Illinois (UIC) and UNESP, Brazil.

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UICollaboratory Profile

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Selected publications:

  1. Marques ISV, Alfaro MF, Cruz NC, Mesquita MF, Sukotjo C, Mathew MT, Barão VAR. Tribocorrosion behavior of biofunctional titanium oxide films produced by micro-arc oxidation: Synergism and mechanisms, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 2016;60 8-21
  2. Royhman D, Patel M, Runa M,  Jacobs JJ, Wimmer MA, Hallab N, Mathew MT. Fretting-corrosion in hip implant modular junctions: New experimental set-up and initial outcome, Tribology international, 2015;91 235–245
  1. Mathew MT, Kerwell S, Lundberg HJ, Sukotjo C, Mercuri LJ.  Tribocorrosion and Oral and maxillofacial  Surgical Devices,  BJOMS-D-14-00003, Accepted in The British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. 2014; 52-5 396–400
  2. Mathew MT. Jacobs JJ, Wimmer MA. Wear corrosion synergism in a CoCrMo Hip Bearing Alloy is influenced by proteins, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (CORR), 2012, Ref:  DOI 10.1007/s11999-012-2563-5.
  3. Savi A, Mathew MT, Hall D, Hallab NJ, Sukotjo C, Wimmer MA. Electrochemical Behavior of Dental Implants (CpTi):  Influence of pH of Artificial Saliva, J Oral Implantol. 2011 Nov 21
  4. Mathew MT, Srinivasa Pai P, Fischer A, Wimmer MA. Tribocorrosion: Review, current status, and future perspective, Recent advances in Tribology, 2009; 12: Article ID 250986
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Department of Biomedical Science Staff

Biomedical Department Scientists

Aoshuang Chen, PhD, Associate Professor, [email protected]

Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, DVM, PhD, Professor, [email protected]

Xue-Jun (June) Li, PhD, Associate Professor, [email protected]

Mathew Mathew, PhD, Associate Professor, [email protected]

Gnanasekar Munirathiam, Associate Professor, [email protected]

Karin Nitiss, Research Associate Professor, [email protected]

Neelu Puri, Associate Professor, [email protected]

Guoxing Zheng, Associate Professor, [email protected]


Department of Biomedical Sciences Administrative Staff

Department Head

Ramaswamy Kalyanasundaram, DVM, PhD [email protected]
Professor and Head, Department of Biomedical Sciences


Biomedical Sciences Administration

Lisa Mear, MPA, Business Manager
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Janet Stull Snow, Program Administrative Assistant
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Research Support

Jessica Gorman, [email protected]

Joseph Orthoefer, DVM, [email protected]

Laura Sykaluk, Research Technologist, [email protected]


Master in Medical Biotechnology Program Administration

Khalifah Sidik, PhD, Director, [email protected]

Suah Cho, MA, Program/Student Advisor and Assistant Director, [email protected]

Jodi Ritter, MPH, Program Assistant, [email protected]


Adjunct Teaching Faculty

Deborah Breiter, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty:  Immunology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry

Rockford University


Ryan Bomgarden, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty:  Molecular Biology, Cell Biology

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Jae Choi, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Specialty:  Research & Development

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Surbhi Desai, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty:  Immunology, Proteomics

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Colin Eversmann, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Ethics

SwedishAmerican Hospital


Ramesh Ganapathy, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Protein and Cell Analysis

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Keith Glaser, PhD, Adjunct Professor

Specialty:  Drug Development

Abbott Laboratories


Leslyn Hanakahi, PhD, Adjunct Assistant Professor

Specialty:  Molecular Biophysics, Biochemistry

Department of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago


Rao Kakuturu, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Genomics

American Molecular Laboratories


Tim Morris, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Molecular Cell Biology

Catalent Pharma Solutions


Paul Munger, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Product Development, Chemical Manufacturing


John Nitiss, PhD, Adjunct Professor

Specialty:  Anticancer, Therapeutics and Imaging

University of Illinois College of Pharmacy at Rockford


Ray Ortiz, HT (ASCP), QIHC

Specialty:  Immunohistochemistry

MercyRockford Health System


Bhavinkumar Patel, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Proteomics

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Gary Rifkin, MD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Infectious Disease

University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford, Department of Medicine and Medical Specialties


Kari Severson, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty: Biology

Rockford University


Caleb Shearrow, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty:  Microscopy

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Thomas Smith, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty:  Biostatistics

Northern Illinois University


Lindsey Tompkins, MS

Specialty:  IRB Statistics

Rockford Cardiovascular Associates


Krishna Vattem, PhD, Adjunct Instructor

Specialty:  Molecular Biology

Thermo Fisher Scientific


Brian Webb, PhD, Adjunct Professor

Specialty:  Molecular Biology

Thermo Fisher Scientific