Jonathan Prather, Ph.D.
Jonathan founded Bend Biomedical in 2019. His interests include low-cost generic drugs, low-cost diagnostics, global health informatics, drug resistance, and patient compliance.
Dr. Prather has worked on projects for the following: Duke University (Affiliated Physicians, Biomedical Engineering, Community and Family Medicine, Hospital Administration, Infectious Diseases, Perinatal Medicine, School of Medicine, and Student Health); Oregon Health & Science University (Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Immunogenetics and Transplant Medicine, Nephrology and Hypertension, and Urology); the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research; the American Medical Informatics Association; Boston Scientific; Fujisawa Healthcare; the National Cancer Institute; the National Library of Medicine; the National Radiobiology Archives; Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Epidemiology and Biometry, Hanford Dosimetry, Laboratory Security); SangStat/Genzyme; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Geology, School of Medicine); the U.S. Agency for International Development; the U.S. Air Force; and the U.S. Department of Energy.
His past research involvements include radiobiology research sponsored by the Department of Energy. This research included the National Radiobiology Archives, a project archiving resource materials and tissue samples from 50 years of DOE research; and PNNL radiobiology studies directed at understanding the health consequences of exposure to various compounds of plutonium. In addition, he worked on the Missouri Women's Health Study, a project for the National Cancer Institute investigating the risk of lung cancer from exposure to residential radon. He has also been involved with the U.S. Agency for International Development Malaria Network Database, a geographically distributed database related to malaria vaccine development, and the Armstrong Laboratory Radioactive Inventory Database, an inventory system for reporting decay-corrected activity of radiation calibration samples. His work in over a dozen medical specialties has contributed to over 80 research publications or other manuscripts (19 lead author), 9 grant applications (5 funded, $3.6 million), 14 invited talks, and many reports provided to physicians and surgeons.
Jonathan has been an assistant professor at Oregon Health & Science University, a technical specialist at Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and a fellow with both the National Library of Medicine and the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. He earned his doctorate in biomedical engineering from Duke University. While at Duke, he was the graduate and professional student representative on the Board of Trustee's Medical Center Affairs and Institutional Advancement committees, and a volunteer with the Men’s Basketball Program. In addition to playing basketball, he enjoys playing acoustic guitar and salsa and swing dancing.