Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to Globus.
My name is Jonathan Harris and I am a Senior Research Engineer at Globus. While pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Texas Tech University, I became interested in the medical device field when I worked in an orthopaedic lab researching pubic symphysis implant designs. This interest brought me to Philadelphia, where I earned a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Drexel University. During graduate school, and the year after graduation, I investigated pediatric thoracospinal deformity at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. My desire to not just understand spine pathologies but how to correct these deformities led me to Globus Medical in 2013.
Describe your position in the research group.
Within the Musculoskeletal Education Research Center (MERC), the biomechanics group designs and executes investigational cadaveric studies in collaboration with orthopaedic, trauma, and neurological surgeons. The goal of each study is to evaluate next generation implantable devices or novel surgical techniques. Data from these studies provides valuable information to the Product Development team and clinicians, aiding in device design and the surgeon's decision-making process of surgeons.
My role as a Senior Research Engineer is to provide valuable support to the junior members in the group, whether it is teaching surgical techniques, how to use the various equipment, editing academic manuscripts, white papers, and conference abstracts or presentations, or providing support with study design and statistical analyses. I also instruct Product Development members in authoring Clinical Literature Reports for some of our regulatory submissions.
What sets your department apart from other companies?
The Musculoskeletal Education and Research Center at Globus Medical is unique within the orthopaedic device market and a testament to the company’s dedication to expand the performance of novel devices and/or surgical techniques in advancing patient care. Most companies provide grants and study materials to academic institutions (like how I funded my research in undergrad) but general funding is much different than building a state-of-the-art lab and dedicated research team. Additionally, the intimacy and proximity of MERC, the Product Development team, and the machine shop expedites scientific investigations and allows us to be one of the most productive research labs in the world.
What do you like best about working at Globus?
Building on my experiences in graduate school and academic research, autonomy is very important to me. Performing research at Globus Medical affords me the opportunity to have projects that I can call my own and the freedom to shape each study in collaboration with the surgeon and my principal investigator. It is rewarding to not only answer the questions of either the clinician(s) or the Product Development team but to additionally explore other areas that have not been addressed in scientific literature.
What does it take to be successful at Globus?
You have to have passion and curiosity about your area of expertise. Nothing else will drive you to achieve a level of personal satisfaction in your work.