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Jeffrey Toth, PhD

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Jeffrey Toth, PhD

Professor, Director of the Biomaterials Research Laboratory


  • Marquette University, Biomaterials Lab
    William Wehr Physics, 540 N. 15th St. Room 127,
    Milwaukee, WI 53233

Contact Information

General Interests

Biomaterials Research Projects


PhD, Materials Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1992


Dr. Jeffrey Toth joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1992. He received his doctorate in Materials Engineering in 1992 from Marquette University and his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree from Marquette University in 1988. Since joining the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a faculty member in 1992, Dr. Toth has served as a Principal Investigator on numerous extramurally funded studies investigating the efficacy of biomaterials for spine surgery. Dr. Toth’s active research projects include: Delivery of osteoinductive proteins on implants, pre-clinical testing of orthopaedic and spine biomaterials, and retrieval analysis of explanted spine devices. Dr. Toth has published numerous articles in scientific journals and given many presentations on a variety of biomaterials research projects. Dr. Toth is also active in numerous professional organizations. Dr. Toth is a key faculty member of OREC, the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center, a joint effort between the Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University. Dr. Toth also serves as Adjunct Professor of Biomaterials at the Marquette University School of Dentistry and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Marquette University College of Engineering. Through OREC, Toth teaches biomaterials courses and supervises Master’s and doctoral students in collaborative biomaterials research projects. In October 2010, Dr. Toth was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biomechanical Engineering (AIMBE.) Located in Washington, D.C., the AIMBE is a leading advocacy group comprised of the top two percent of medical and biomechanical scientists and engineers. In November 2011, Dr. Toth was a featured speaker at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL. Between April 25-26, 2013, Dr. Toth was an invited speaker and member of the scientific committee for the 1st International PEEK Meeting in Philadelphia. Dr. Toth presented a keynote presentation entitled, “Biocompatibility of PEEK Polymers.” Polyether ether ketone (PEEK) is becoming a widely used biomaterial and is currently being investigated for many medical and spinal applications.

Research Experience

  • Arthroplasty
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
  • Bone Substitutes
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Dental Materials
  • Materials Testing
  • Orthopaedic and spine biomaterials
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spine

Methodologies and Techniques

  • Arthrodesis
  • Bone and Bones
  • Bone Cements
  • Bone Cements
  • Bone Development
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
  • Bone Regeneration
  • Bone Resorption
  • Bone Substitutes
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Histology
  • Spine

MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • Research Faculty, Walter F. Joyce Jr. Memorial Biomaterials Laboratory, Marquette University Research Faculty, Materials Science and Technology Center, Marquette University Research Faculty, Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Engineering Center, Medical College of Wisconsin and Marquette University

Educational Expertise

  • Biomaterials and Biological Response to Implant Materials; Bone Histology; Tissue Engineering