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                                                                                         Bulletin   Vol. 7, No. 1
                 ALUMNI UPDATE

                  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
                                                                                                                                                                           Spring 2008
                  (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:                        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
                                                                                                                                                                                             UT Arlington.
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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
                                                                                                                                 7, 2007
                                                                           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

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