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Suhas Sanjee completed his Master’s
Degree through the UT Arlington and
The University of Texas
UT Southwestern Medical Center The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
(UTSW) joint program in May 2005. at Arlington at Dallas
During his graduate studies, Suhas
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worked on detection of sleep apnea
from electrocardiography signal in Dr.
Behbehani’s lab. After receiving his MS degree, he THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS Joint Graduate Biomedical Engineering Program
worked as a research programmer at the Center for Im- AT ARLINGTON SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL
munology at the UTSW under Dr. Sally Ward. He BIOENGINEERING DEPT. CENTER Message From Biomedical Engineering Chair at UTSW Whitaker International Fellowship Award -2008
later took a consulting assignment in the Scientific Pro- Post Office Box 19138 5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
gramming Group of Merck Research Laboratories, pro- Arlington, TX 76019 Dallas, TX 75390- 9130 Let me begin by thanking Prof. Eberhart UT Arlington Bioengineering
viding statistical programming support for various Phone : 817-272-2249 Phone : 214 648 2503 for his continued support. His dedication student, Kristy Cloyd, was
clinical/pre-clinical trials. Suhas currently works as a Fax: 817-272-2251 Fax: 214 648 2991 to research and teaching, his exemplary among the 18 outstanding
Email: email@example.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org record in publications (eight in 2007-2008) recipients of a prestigious
statistical programming consultant in the Biostatistics
Programming Department at Sanofi Aventis in Bridge- and his continued participation in NIH Whitaker International Fel-
water, NJ. He has been an active participant in the SAS study sections heighten the BME pro- lowship Award in a nation-
Users Group and a regular reviewer of IEEE confer- We welcome your suggestions and comments. Alumni, gram’s recognition. We are grateful for his wide competition.
ence proceedings. His interests include statistical data please forward your accomplishments for publication in contributions to the program.
future issues. Also, please inform us of any address change. Kristy Cloyd The Whitaker Fellowship
analysis, development and implementation of signal and Dr. Peter Antich Next, perhaps one of the best indicators Program was initiated in 1992
image processing algorithms, and polysomnographic of the health of any graduate program is the progress and to help especially-talented individuals develop the
data analysis. successes of its students. Joint program students with their skills required for a successful career in biomedical
home campus at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) engineering. In this program, candidates may apply to
are making significant progress in learning the “basic” bio- study or do research in any country outside the U.S.
medical sciences while keeping up their BME knowledge. We and Canada. Any international institution that offers
currently have 19 students with UTSW as their home campus. an outstanding professional experience in biomedical
Three of our students (Danielle Miller, Peiying Liu and engineering may serve as a host institution.
Areum Kim) will obtain their Ph.D’s in May. We have made The grant provides Kristy with the opportunity to
six offers for summer and/or fall; five have accepted. conduct biomaterials and tissue engineering research
BIOENGINEERING DEPARTMENT All of our students are actively engaged in research, as ex- at Imperial College London, under the supervision of
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON emplified by their ‘Works In Progress’ discussions group, an
effort spear-headed by Allison Carroll. The group meets on
Professor Molly Stevens. Stevens is currently Reader
in Regenerative Medicine and Nanotechnology and
Post Office Box 19138
Arlington, TX 76019-0138
the first Thursday of the month at lunchtime for students’ the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sci-
presentation of their ongoing research. Allison Carroll re- ences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering.
Address Correction Requested ceived an NIH F31 grant this year; it will continue for the Kristy’s proposed research topic is ‘ Non-invasive
next three years. F31, Predoctoral Individual Ruth L. Characterizations of Living Cells Using Raman Spec-
Kirchstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), pro- troscopy.’ She will attempt to secure a Diploma of
vides predoctoral individuals with supervised research train- Imperial College, which is awarded to students who
ing in specified health and health-related areas leading toward have performed a minimum of 12 months post-
the research degree (also Minority Students and Students with graduate research at the Imperial College.
Disabilities ). Kristy has been an outstanding student through-
The Program nominated Priya Ravikumar for the out her career. She has received other recognition,
‘NOMINATA’ awards competition, the highest honor be- including the ‘Spirit of Discovery Award’ and the
stowed on students at UTSW. She is particularly to be com- ‘Spirit of Achievement Scholarship’ allowing her to
mended, as she has also been recognized at UT Arlington attend the University of Arizona. She has also been
and is now making inroads in a challenging field. an enthusiastic participant in student organiza-
We also proudly recognize the following students for suc- tions, holding officer positions in the Pre- Bioengi-
cess at home and abroad: Chiang Niclas Tan, Elvin Blanco, neering Association, the Biomedical Engineering
Long Huang, and Anna Leal. Student Society and the Delta Delta Delta sorority at
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RECENT FACULTY ACTIVITIES “Influence of Thermal Annealing on the Mechanical Two CW Diffuse Optical Imagers,” OSA Optics
Characteristics of a Resorbable PLLA Stent.” Pre- Photonics Congress, BMD50, St. Petersburg, Florida,
Honors • “Potential Role of Inflammation on Cancer Cell sented at the 24th Southern Biomedical Engineering March 16-19, 2008.
Dr. Hanli Liu received the ‘College of Engineering Excel- Metastasis,” University of North Texas Health Conference, El Paso, TX, April 18, 2008. Abstract
• Sharma S, Kaundinya G, Parlapalli R, Briggs R, and
lence in Research Award’, at UT Arlington, February Science Center, Institute for Cancer & Blood in International J. Medical Implants & Devices, J. Vos-
Liu H, “Non-linearity of Hemodynamic Response in
2008. Disorders, Fort Worth, January 30, 2008. soughi, Ed., 3: 20, 2008.
Motor Cortex Measured by Near-infrared Spectros-
• Eberhart R.C. “Biomechanical and Ultrastructural
• “Biomaterial– Mediated Inflammation and Device copy,” OSA Optics Photonics Congress, BMD13, St.
Centered Infection: Is There a Connection?,” Properties of the Prolapsed Anterior Vaginal Wall: Petersburg, Florida, March 16-19, 2008.
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Strategies for Modeling and Analyzing theDe-
• Mathker A.V, Kashyap D, Peswani D.L, Bensalah K,
Surgery Research Conference, Dallas, February 20, formity,” International Research Workshop in
Kabbani W, Tuncel A, Cadeddu J, and Liu H,
2008. Pelvic Floor Disorders, Lille, France, September 6-
“Optical Reflectance Spectroscopy for Detection of
Publications & Presentations Renal Cell Carcinoma Using Model-driven Analysis,”
Dr. H. Liu OSA Optics Photonics Congress, BTuF43, St. Peters-
Dr. K. Behbehani
• Liu H, Radhakrishnan H, Senapati A.K, Hagains burg, Florida, March 16-19, 2008.
• Dr. Behbehani served as chair of the Bioelectric
C.E, Peswani D, Mathker A, and Peng Y, “Acute • Peswani D, Mathker A, Kashyap D, Bensalah K,
session at the 24th Southern Biomedical Confer-
Responses in Light Scattering and Haemoglobin Tuncel A, Kabbani W, Cadeddu J, Oh, J.C, Gao J,
Hanli Liu (on the right side) & her student Renuka Par- ence held in El Paso, April 2008.
Oxygen Saturation in Rat Spinal Nerves During Liu H, “Feasibility of Detecting Prostate Adeno-
lapalli, receiving their respective awards for ‘Excellence • Behbehani K, Rao V, Watenpaugh D.E, and Smith Electrical and Thermal Stimulations,” NeuroImage
in Research’ & ‘Outstanding Biomedical Engineering M.L, “Quantitative Modeling of Sympathetic Nerve carcinoma Using Optical Reflectance Spectroscopy,”
40, 217–227 (2008). OSA Optics Photonics Congress, BTuF44, St. Peters-
Student’. Activity Resulting from Apnea,” Biomedical
• Shan H, Klibanov M.V, Liu H, Pantong N and Su burg, Florida, March 16-19, 2008.
Engineering Recent Developments, Nazeran H,
Grants J, “Numerical Implementation of the Convexifica- Dr. L. Tang
Goldman M, and Schophorester R, Editors, Proceed-
Dr. C.J. Chuong tion Algorithm for an Optical Diffusion Tomogra-
ings of 24th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, • Zhou J, Wang G, Zou L, Tang L, Marquez M, Hu Z.
• “Cryopreservation of Functional Engineered Tissues,” phy,” Inverse Problems 24, 025006 (2008).
pp 13-14, 2008 “Viscoelastic Behavior and in Vivo Release of Mi-
April 2008-March 2012. Dr. Chuong serves as a Co- • Xia M, Yang S, Simpkins J.W and Liu H, crogel Dispersions with Inverse Thermo-Reversible
• Estrada E, Nazeran H, Behbehani K, Burk J.R, and
Investigator with MAE’s Dr. Bumsoo Han (PI) on “Noninvasive Monitoring of Estrogen Effects Gelation.” Biomicromolecules, 9(1):142-148, 2008.
Lucas E.A, “Correlation Dimension Analysis of
this new NIH project. Against Ischemic Stroke In Rats by Near Infrared
Simultaneous EEG and ECG for Automated Sleep • Thevenot P, Hu W, Tang L, “Surface Chemistry Influ-
Drs. R.C. Eberhart and C. J. Chuong Spectroscopy,” Applied Optics 46(34), 8315-8321
Stage Classification,” Biomedical Engineering Re- ence Implant Biocompatibility.” Current Topics in Medi-
• “Nanoporous Membrane Blood Oxygenator,” August (2007).
cent Developments, Nazeran H, Goldman M, and cal Chemistry, 8:270-280, 2008.
2007 – August 2008. ORtech Bioengineering, Inc. Schophorester R, Editors, Proceedings of 24th Southern • Kashyap D, Peswani D, Cadeddu J, Liu H,
Celik-Butler Z, Billo R, Chuong C.J and Eberhart. Biomedical Engineering Conference, pp 15-20, 2008 “Steady-state Reflectance Spectroscopy Used to
R.C. Amount-$103,902. Quantify Haemodynamic and Optical Properties
• Al-Abed M, Behbehani K, Manry M, Burk J.R,
Dr. K. Nguyen of Tissue: Demonstration of Heterogeneities of Student Activities
and Lucas E.A, “Detection of Obstructive Sleep
• “Nanoparticles for Targeting Drug Delivery to the Human Prostrates,” OSA Optics Photonics
Apnea Using Neural Network Classification of BME Students Excel at ACES-2008: The Annual
Injured Vascular Wall,” February 2008- January 2010. Congress, BSuE80, St. Petersburg, Florida, March
Wavelet Plots of Heart Rate Variability,” Biomedi- Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES) at UT Ar-
NIH Grant R21. Kytai Nguyen. Amount- $350,000 16-19, 2008.
cal Engineering Recent Developments, Nazeran H, lington showcases the best of students’ research and crea-
Dr. Y. Kim Goldman M, and Schophorester R, Editors, Proceed- • Tian F, Dobbs R, Carmen A, Kozel F.A and Liu H,
“Can Functional Near-infrared Spectroscopic tivity. Undergraduate and graduate students work with
• “Tissue Engineering Enabled Biomimetic Corneal ings of 24th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, faculty mentors in their disciplines to write and submit
Stroma,” May 2008. Norman Hackerman Advanced pp 21-22, 2008. (fNIRS) Imaging Detect Deception?” OSA Optics
Photonics Congress, BTuE4, St. Petersburg, Flor- abstracts for the competition. Among numerous partici-
Research Program, Texas Legislature. Young-Tae • Al-Abed M, Behbehani K, Manry M, Burk J.R, and pants Tre Welch, Aniket Wadajkar and Cheng-Yu Ko
Kim. Amount- $ 120,000. ida, March 16-19, 2008.
Lucas E.A, “Detection of Obstructive Sleep Apnea from the Bioengineering Department won the following
Using Neural Network Classification of Time- • Tian F, Prajapati S, and Liu H, “A Location-
awards in the competition:
Invited Speakers frequency Plots of R-Wave Envelope,” Biomedical adaptive, Frequency-specific Cancellation Algo-
• Aniket Wadajkar - Provost’s Poster Award.
Engineering Recent Developments, Nazeran H, rithm to Improve Optical Brain Functional Imag-
Dr. R.C. Eberhart • Tre Welch - President’s Poster Award.
Goldman M, and Schophorester R, Editors, Proceed- ing, OSA Optics Photonics Congress, BMD29, St.
• Eberhart R.C. “Making Sense of Stents” IEEE Met- Petersburg, Florida, March 16-19, 2008. • Cheng-Yu Ko - Honorable Mention Award.
roCon , October 10, 2007; ASME North Texas Sec- ings of 24th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, Graduation Ceremony- Spring 2008:
pp 22-23, 2008. • Tian F, Delgado M.R, Clegg N. J. , Romero R.I.,
tion, February 19, 2008; UT Southwestern BME Semi- A total of 12 students graduated with a Master’s Degree
Dr. R.C. Eberhart and Liu H, “Investigation of the Motor Cortex
nar, March 5, 2008. in Spring 2008 from the Bioengineering Department at
• Welch T.R., Eberhart R.C. and Chuong C.J,
Function in Children with Cerebral Palsy Using
Dr. L. Tang UT Arlington: Kreshnik Ahmeti, Kristy Cloyd, Michael
“Characterizing the Expansive Deformation of a Functional Near-infrared Spectroscopic Imaging,”
• “Stem Cells: Aging: Osteoporosis,” University of Lou- Cobert, Satya Gutticonda, Majedul Hayat, Nikhil Malle,
Bioresorbable Polymer Fiber Stent.” Ann BME. OSA Optics Photonics Congress, PDPBTuG3, St.
isville, Molecular Targets Group, Brown Cancer Cen- Leighton Ngai, Disha Peswani, Erin Sikkel, Lauren Sko-
Petersburg, Florida, March 16-19, 2008.
ter, Louisville, Kentucky, December 13, 2007. 36:742-751, 2008. kan, Phillip Warren and Jamie Wright. The department
• Parlapalli R, Tian F, Sharma V, Prajapati S, Liu H, wishes them good luck in their future endeavors.
• Welch, T.R., Eberhart, R.C. and Chuong C.J.
“Spatial and Temporal Resolution Comparison of