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Reilly, Katelyn Swindle



  • 2023 - present, Associate Professor and College of Engineering Innovation Scholar, The Ohio State University
  • 2016 - 2023, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University
  • 2013 - 2015, Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at San Antonio 
  • 2011 - 2015, Senior Scientist, Research Associate, Rochal Industries LLC
  • 2008 - 2010, Postdoctoral Researcher, Saint Louis University (Advisor: Rebecca Kuntz Willits, PhD)
  • 2006 - 2008, Ph.D. Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis (Advisor: Nathan Ravi, MD, PhD, MBA)
  • 2004 - 2006, M.S. Chemical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis (Advisor: Nathan Ravi, MD, PhD, MBA)
  • 2000 - 2004, B.S. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology


Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, Ph.D., completed a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. She then received her M.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2006 and Ph.D. in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering in 2008 from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed postdoctoral training in Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University. After completing her postdoctoral training, Dr. Swindle-Reilly worked as a Senior Scientist at Rochal Industries LLC where she researched and developed several patented and FDA approved wound care products. She also designed manufacturing processes and preclinical studies for regulatory clearance of these new devices. She concurrently held an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio from 2013-2015. She joined The Ohio State University in 2016, and holds appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. 


Dr. Swindle-Reilly's current research interests focus on the design of polymeric biomaterials for soft tissue repair and drug delivery with focused applications in ophthalmology and wound healing. She has expertise working with both polymeric and naturally-derived biomaterials, drug delivery, rheology and biomechanical testing, and tissue culture. Her research has spanned the fields of ophthalmology, wound healing, nerve tissue engineering, women's health, cancer, and drug delivery systems. Dr. Swindle-Reilly has experience taking research from idea to commercialized product, and holds several patents. She has entrepreneurial experience working on intellectual property protection, commercialization, and working with start-up companies. She serves as Chief Technology Officer of a startup company that licensed ocular drug delivery technologies from the university.