University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Innovation Fellows Alumni

Michael Dahl

Michael Dahl
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MICHAEL DAHL, PhD (2010-2011)

Having done research in areas ranging from shark sensory anatomy to genetic microarrays, Michael Dahl tailored his graduate work to the research and development of medical devices, with particular emphasis in Biomechanics. He assisted in development and FDA testing for companies such as Medtronic, Spinal Dynamics, Archus, Synthes, and Depuy. Michael has also developed patent pending novel devices for the physicians at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. He has presented or published 15 technical papers and study findings and has lectured for courses at the University of Washington regarding biomechanics, dynamics and laboratory techniques.

Prior to the Innovation Fellowship, Michael was employed as a senior scientist to the nucleus arthroplasty start-up company Disc Dynamics. There he was involved in the research and development of their new technology, as well as FDA approval, surgeon training, and clinical testing activities.

Currently Michael consults for the local orthopaedic start up company Zyga Technologies, Inc., where he is moving their novel facet technology through the IDE submission process. He also holds the position of chief technology officer at Phi Medical, a local start-up company he helped found with a previous colleague.

Michael grew up in Bismarck, ND, but currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Genia and their daughters Freya and Greta. He enjoys machining and fabrication, outdoor sports, playing music, learning new skills and travel.

Michael Dahl holds a BA in Physics from the University of Puget Sound and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. Michael has also received a Masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has recently received his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.


(Last updated January 2013)

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