Joshua E. Cates, PhD


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Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Research Assistant Professor
  • Divisions: Cardiovascular Medicine

Academic Bio

I am a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Utah with a background in biology, medical image processing, and software architecture. I am also Vice President for Research and Director of Product Development for OrthoGrid Systems, an orthopedics medical device company that is developing image analysis software for trauma surgeries. My previous work experience includes work as a Research Scientist with the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute at the University of Utah and as the Director of a University Core Facility called the Biomedical Image and Data Analysis Core (BIDAC), which is part of the Health Sciences Center at the University of Utah. I also worked at the CARMA Center at the University of Utah, where I directed a team of software engineers and researchers in the development of novel MRI-based image analysis techniques and clinical software tools for the management of atrial fibrillation (AF).

As a researcher and engineer, I have almost 20 years of experience designing and implementing medical image registration, segmentation, and visualization algorithms. I have been especially focused on the difficult research and development that often lies in the gap between original innovation and its application to real-world clinical problems. For example, I am one of the original architects of the open-source Insight Toolkit (ITK), which has been helping researchers and commercial engineers in biomedical imaging bridge that gap for almost ten years. I am also the original architect of the ShapeWorks software and the Particle-Based Modeling (PBM) framework, which is the focus of this grant proposal. As Director of BIDAC, I coordinated interdisciplinary research collaborations between computer scientists and health sciences researchers. I also collaborated with the Technology Commercialization Office at the University of Utah, where I engineered prototype software systems for several University spin-off companies and business partners. In my roles at OrthoGrid Systems, Inc., I have overseen the successful development and release of commercial medical device software products for intraoperative guidance of orthopedic surgeries.

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship Comprehensive Arrhythmia Research and Management Center (CARMA), University of Utah
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Computer Science
Graduate Training University of Tennessee
Computer Science
Undergraduate University of Tennessee
Biology, Mathematics