Received his Ph.D. degree in December 2002 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. From December 2002 to December 2005 he was a Research Fellow working at the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at the Children's Hospital at Denver and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. In December 2005, he has been appointed as Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at West Virginia University.
His current research interests are focused on the development of broadband ultrasound transducers for harmonic contrast imaging, biomedical diagnostic and therapeutic ultrasound, cardiovascular biomechanics, ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation techniques, and micro- and nano- material characterization. He has authored/co-authored over 30 technical articles. In 2001, he received an outstanding paper award from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
My cancer research focus is on 2D and 3D ultrasound imaging of breast tumors and characterization. We have developed a novel technique that is capable for differentiating benign masses from malignant tumors. A tissue nonlinearity based technique was tested in vivo at the cancer center at WVU.
Another focus is the development of hybrid ultrasound-PET imaging modality that could provide structural and functional imaging. The would provide accurate assessment of the tumor size and type noninvasively.
My interdisciplinary research on biomedical imaging and tissue characterization has a strong translational component. We develop our hypothesis based on physical properties and mechanical behavior of tissues and translate it to clinical applications to help accurate and early diagnosis of cancer. Bridging between Physics, Engineering and clinical practice is our research focus to improve the quality of life.
Grants and Research
Novel Molecular Hybrid PET-Ultrasound Imaging System for Early Diagnosis Biopsy Guidance of Prostate Cancer, WVU Program to Stimulate Competitive Research PSCoR, 2012, $28,000, Role: PI.
Endorectal Prostate Probe with Combined PET and US Modalities, WVU Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center, PPG grant, $9000, Role: PI.
Non-Invasive High-Resolution Diagnosis of Periodontal Attachment Levels Using Real-Time Quantitative Ultrasound Imaging, NIH, 2009-2012, $393,750, Role: PI.
Center for Transportation Security and Infrastructure Innovations, PSCoR RCG, 2007-2012, $1,500,000, Role: co-PI.
High Frequency 3D Echodentographic Imaging System for Early Diagnosis of Periodontal Disease, WVU Program to Stimulate Competitive Research PSCoR, 2009, $32,666, Role: PI.
High resolution biomedical imaging for clinical diagnosis, West Virginia EPSCoR, 2006-2007, $50,000, Role: PI.