Melanie Ecker

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Principal Investigator of the Ecker Lab – Smart Polymers for Biomedical Applications (SPBA).

Melanie Ecker

Dr. Ecker is also the academic advisor for the UNT BMES student organization.

Dr. Ecker started her Lab in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of North Texas in August 2019.

She conducted her postdoctoral studies at the University of Texas at Dallas in Dr. Walter Voit’s Advanced Polymer Research Lab, in close collaboration with Dr. Joseph Pancrazio’s Neural Networks and Interfaces Lab.

Dr. Ecker is originally from Germany, where she studied Chemistry at the Freie Universität Berlin and pursued her Ph.D. research on shape memory polymers at the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) under Dr. Pretsch before she moved to the US.

Her research interests lie in:

  • Shape Memory Polymers for Biomedical Applications
  • Biomaterials
  • Flexible Bioelectronics and Neural Interfaces
  • Enteric Nervous System and Gastrointestinal Disorders

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her pets.


Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of North Texas
UNT Discovery Park │ 3940 N. Elm Street │ Denton, TX │ 76207

Phone: 940-369-8998
Office: K240C

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