Parker Evans

TPS Fellow Parker Evans headshot

Current Employment

Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, Indiana University School of Medicine


  • BSc, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, The University of Arizona, 2014
  • MSc, Plant Pathology-Chemical Engineering, The University of Arizona, 2016
  • PhD, Translational Plant Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2021

Research Focus

Parker specializes in interfacing electronics with living systems. His research in the TPSGP utilizes a novel device known as a programmable chemical actuator for the electronic control of biological processes. To this end he and his advisors have demonstrated fully reversible changes of pH and ion concentration using PCAs. Parker has used PCAs electronically control enzyme activity and natural rubber synthesis. Parker’s project will conclude with the development of programmable chemical actuators into a commercially available tool.

TPS Experience

Grants & Awards

2019 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Inductee
2019 Three Minute Thesis Challenge, Ohio State Materials Week, First Place
2017 Translational to Clinical Research Conference, Poster Competition, 2nd Place


OSU2018-115: Programmable Chemical Actuators
UA15-11: Hybrid Microbial-Enzymatic Fuel Cell


Vishnu Baba Sundaresan ; Robert Northcutt ; Vijay Venkatesh ; John Parker Evans; Mechanoelectrochemistry of soft electroactive materials via surface-tracked scanning electrochemical microscopy. Proc. SPIE 10165, Behavior and Mechanics of Multifunctional Materials and Composites 2017, 1016506 (April 11, 2017); doi:10.1117/12.2265840.