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Core Faculty


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Michel Audette, PhD

Associate Professor
Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
maudette@odu.edu

Research interests: Medical image analysis, surgical image guidance, interactive and predictive surgery simulation, surgical robotics navigation, musculoskeletal applications (orthopedics, geriatrics), neurosurgical applications, physiology simulation applications, computer vision.



Anna Bulysheva

Anna Bulysheva, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Old Dominion University
abulyshe@odu.edu

Research interests: regenerative medicine, gene therapy, gene delivery, biolectrics, electroporation, wound healing, cardiac regeneration.



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Khan Iftekharuddin, PhD

Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Director, Vision Lab
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Old Dominion University
231C Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, Virginia 23529
757-683-3752 Lab
757-683-4967 Office
757-683-3220 Fax
kiftekha@odu.edu (email)
http://www.eng.odu.edu/visionlab/
http://www.odu.edu/~kiftekha/

Research interests: Intelligent systems and reinforcement learning; computational modeling and medical image analysis; bioinformatics approach to genotype and phenotype brain tumor analysis and image processing; sensor signal acquisition and modeling; optical computing; automatic and biologically-inspired target recognition.



Chunqi Jiang, Ph.D.

Chunqi Jiang, PhD

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
4211 Monarch Way, Norfolk, VA 23508
Tel: 757-683-7061
Email: cjiang@odu.edu

Research interests: Non-equilibrium plasmas for biomedical and dental applications; Plasma and chemical diagnostics - laser spectroscopy and other optical spectroscopy; Nanosecond pulsed power technology for plasma and biomedical applications



Professor Michael Kong

Michael Kong, PhD

Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Batten Endowed Chair in Bioelectric Engineering
Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics
Suite 300 4211 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-2414
mkong@odu.edu

Research interests: Low-temperature atmospheric-pressure glow discharges; microplasmas and plasmas-liquid interactions; high voltage; high current and ultra-short pulse generation and diagnostics; plasma decontamination and plasma medicine; electrically induced biological processes; plasma modeling.



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Mounir Laroussi, PhD

Professor
Director, Plasma Engineering & Medicine Institute (PEMI)
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Old Dominion University
(757) 683-6369 (office)
(757) 683-3220 (fax)
mlarouss@odu.edu
www.odu.edu/eng/research/institutes-labs/pmi

Research interests: Physics and chemistry of low temperature gas plasmas and their biomedical applications (known as "Plasma Medicine").



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Venkat Maruthamuthu, PhD

Assistant Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
238 Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-6363
vmarutha@odu.edu

Research interests: Mechanical forces and physical constraints in cell function, cell adhesion in the micro-environment.



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Stacie Ringleb, PhD

Associate Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
238C Kaufman Hall
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-5934 (office)
(757) 683-5344 (fax)
sringleb@odu.edu

Research interests: Orthopedic biomechanics, human performance, virtual reality rehabilitation, rehabilitation engineering



Thomas Vernier

P. Thomas Vernier, Ph.D.

Research Professor
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23508
pvernier@odu.edu

Research interests: Nanoscale membrane biophysics; physiology of cells under perturbative stress (electrical, chemical, thermal, mechanical); modulation of immune response with sublethal stimuli; multiscale modeling of membranes, cells, and tissues in permeabilizing electric fields.



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Willy Wriggers, PhD

Professor
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
238 Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-6363
wwrigger@odu.edu

Research interests: Multiscale biomedical modeling software, statistical sampling of molecular dynamics, trajectories, simulated folding, prediction of large scale domain movements of biomolecules



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Shu Xiao, PhD

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Norfolk, VA 23508
Phone : (757) 683-2408
E-mail : sxiao@odu.edu

Research interests: Pulse power for wound healing, neuron-muscular research, development of ultrawideband antennas for delivery of electromagnetic pulses for the diagnostics and treatment of internal tumors.



Joint Faculty


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Nancy Xu, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Old Dominion University
4541 Hampton Boulevard
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0126
Office phone: 757-683-5698
Lab phone: 757-683-4104
Fax: 757-683-4628
e-mail: xhxu@odu.edu
www.odu.edu/sci/xu/Xu.htm

Research interests: Bionanotechnologies and ultrasensitive analytical methods to study nano and life sciences, bio-inspired smart molecular sensors for effective disease diagnosis and therapy.



Affiliated Faculty


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Sebastian Bawab, PhD

Professor & Chair
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
238f Kaufman Hall
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-5637
sbawab@odu.edu

Research interests: Kinematics and dynamics, design, CAD, product development, stress analysis, bioengineering, and simulations.



Oktay Baysal

Oktay Baysal, Ph.D,. P.E., Fellow ASME

Professor & Eminent Scholar
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering,
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering (joint appointment)
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
obaysal@odu.edu

Research interests: Microfluidics, Computational Fluid Dynamics & Aeroacoustics, Design Optimization & Sensitivity analysis, High Speed & Unsteady Flows



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Stephen Beebe, PhD

Research Professor
Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics
300 4211 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-2405
sbeebe@odu.edu

Research interests: Use of nanosecond pulsed electric fields to understand cancer mechanisms and applications for cancer therapy, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology of cAMP signal transduction



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Robert Bruno, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, Molecular Diagnostics Graduate Program
School of Medical Diagnostic and Translational Sciences
College of Health Sciences
Old Dominion University
Health Sciences Building Room 3108
Norfolk, VA 23529
office: 757-683-7091
fax: 757-683-5028
rbruno@odu.edu (email)
http://ww2.odu.edu/~rbruno/

Research interests: Stem cell biology and microenvironmental control of cell fate determination in development and tumorigenesis; cellular reprogramming and regenerative medicine; the role of non-random chromatid segregation in asymmetric cellular divisions.



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Andrey Chernikov, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Engineering & Computational Sciences Bldg
Suite 3311A
Old Dominion University
4700 Elkhorn Ave
Norfolk, VA 23529, USA
757-683-7732
achernik@cs.odu.edu

Research interests: Image analysis in medical and bio-material modeling and simulation, parallel computational geometry with a focus on quality mesh generation, high-performance scientific computing.



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Nikos Chisochoides, PhD

Richard T. Cheng Professor
Computer Science Department
E&CS 3321
Office: (757) 683-7715
Email: nikos@cs.odu.edu

Research interests: Medical image computing: real-time image-to-mesh conversion and non-rigid registration; high-end scientific computing: parallel mesh generation and execution models; parallel, distributed and grid computing: runtime systems and cloud computing



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Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD

Professor Emerita of Exercise Science
Research Professor (Self-Supported)

Human Movement Sciences Department
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
scolberg@odu.edu

www.shericolberg.com (personal web site)

Research interests: Exercise; physical activity; healthy lifestyles; diabetes (prevention and management); blood flow; neuropathy; metabolism and metabolic disorders; aging; nutrition; sports performance; etc.



David Gauthier

David Gauthier, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
202m Mills Godwin Bldg
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-3822
dgauthie@odu.edu

Research interests: Molecular biology and microbiology, diseases of aquatic organisms, with an emphasis on mycobacteriosis in finfishes.



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Julie Zhili Hao, PhD

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Frank Batten College of
Engineering & Technology
Old Dominion University
zlhao@odu.edu

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Research interests: Arterial pulse signal measurements for arterial health assessment via microfluidic tactile sensors and vibration-model-based analysis; viscoelasticity measurements for tumor detection and differentiation; mechanical characterizations of soft tissues via microfluidic tactile sensors.



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Barbara Hargrave, PhD

Professor
Biological Sciences
202k Mills Godwin Bldg
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-5867
bhargrav@odu.edu

Research interests: Mechanisms available to the developing fetus for maintaining volume homeostasis, effects of drugs on the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and cardiovascular systems of the developing fetus, etiological factors in Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension in the neonate.



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Jing He, PhD

Associate Professor
Computer Science Department
3319 Engr and Comp Sci Bldg
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-7716
jhe@odu.edu

Research interests: Development computational methods and tools ofr biological problems that involve molecular structures, developing the simplified representations of 3-dimensional protein structure components to reduce the computation, developing the corresponding energyfunctions using statistical approaches, and improving the optimization process using the geometrical constraints computationally extracted from the protein density.



Rachel Johnson

Rachel Johnson, PhD
Associate Professor
Communication Disorders & Special Education
Darden College of Education & Professional Studies
4501 Hampton Blvd, 244 Child Study Center, Norfolk, VA 23529
Tel: 757-683-6285
Email: r1johnson@odu.edu

Research interests: Motivation and Learning; Rehabilitation, Patient Outcome Measures, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Acquired Speech and Cognitive Disorders



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Krishnanand Kaipa, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Director, Collaborative Robotics and Adaptive Machines Laboratory
Old Dominion University,
Norfolk, Virginia
(757) 683-4621
kkaipa@odu.edu

www.odu.edu/~kkaipa

Research interests: Biologically Inspired Robotics, Surgical Robotics, Human-Robot-Collaboration, Swarm Intelligence, Embodied Cognition.



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Murat Kuzlu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology
211-B Kaufman Hall
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Office Phone: (757) 683-4476
Fax: (757) 683-5655

Email: mkuzlu@odu.edu

Research interests: Cyber-physical systems, medical image analysis, explainable artificial intelligence, Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain and embedded systems



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Jiang Li, PhD

Associate Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering & VMASC
Old Dominion University
4750 Elkhorn Ave., ECSB 1320
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-6748 (office)
JLi@odu.edu

Research interests: Machine learning, computer-aided medical diagnosis systems, medical signal/image processing, neural network and modeling and simulation.



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Steven Morrison, PhD

Endowed Professor of Physical Therapy
Director of Research
3118 Health Sciences Bldg
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529-0266
Office Phone: (757) 683-6757
Fax: (757) 683-4410
E-mail: smorriso@odu.edu

Research interests: Motor control and biomechanics of posture, factors contributing to falls risk, tremor and postural instability in Parkinson's disease, objective measurements of gait and motor control.



Claudia Muratori

Claudia Muratori, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

Email: cmurator@odu.edu

Research interests: Cancer biology and treatment, medical applications of nanosecond electric pulses, cell responses to electric pulses, plasma membrane nanostructure and signal transduction.



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Roy Ogle, PhD

Professor & Chair
2118 Health Sciences Bldg
Norfolk, VA 23529
757-683-358
rogle@odu.edu

Research interests: Regenerative medicine, stem cell biology and therapy, tissue engineering, models for genetic disease, biotechnology.



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Christopher Osgood, PhD

Associate Dean
College of Sciences
Old Dominion University
(757) 683-6778 (office)
(757) 683-3034 (fax)
cosgood@odu.edu (email)

Associate Professor, Dept of Biological Sciences
Affiliated Faculty Member, Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

Research interests: Impacts of nanoparticles on developing zebrafish embryos, protein-protein interaction networks for key human viruses, DNA repair and the mechanism(s) whereby ultrashort pulses are able effectively to kill melanoma cells.



Andrei Pakhomov

Andrei Pakhomov, PhD

Research Professor
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Old Dominion University
4211 Monarch Way, Suite 300
Norfolk, VA 23508
757-683-8003

apakhomo@odu.edu

Research interests: Effects of nanosecond electric pulses at cellular and subcellular levels, including neuromuscular stimulation, membrane permeabilization and repair, calcium activation, and cell death induction.



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Olga Pakhomova, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Old Dominion University
4211 Monarch Way, Suite 300
Norfolk, VA 23508
757-683-8006
opakhomo@odu.edu

Research interests: Cell susceptibility to pulsed electric field (PEF) treatments, including identification of the mechanisms for cell death and recovery, with particular focus on plasma membrane repair. Impact of ion channels in cell response to PEF.



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Stacie Raymer, PhD

Professor and Chair of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Department of Communication Disorders & Special Education
Darden College of Education & Professional Studies
Old Dominion University
sraymer@odu.edu

Research interests: Stroke rehabilitation, aphasia, limb apraxia, speech pathology



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Daniel Russell, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Innovation Research Park Bldg II, Suite 200
4211 Monarch Way
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23508
Office Phone: (757) 683-6016
Fax: (757) 683-4410
Email: dmrussel@odu.edu

Research interests: Visual perception in the control of movements, use of perceptual information in rehabilitating movement disorders, coordination and control in healthy and diseased nervous systems, motor learning and neuroplasticity in rehabilitation.



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Patrick Sachs, PhD

Assistant Professor
School of Medical Diagnostics & Translational Sciences
College of Health Sciences
4211 Monarch Way
Suite 365
Norfolk, VA 23529
Lab: 757-683-7090
Cell: 804-647-8113
FAX: 757-683-5028
psachs@odu.edu
www.odu.edu/~psachs

Research interests: Adult and pluripotent stem cell biology, 3-dimensional constructs for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cellular and organismal aging, telomere biology and telomerase.



Gymama Slaughter

Gymama Slaughter, PhD
Executive Director
Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23508

gslaught@odu.edu

Research interests: Implantable and wearable nanobiosensors, chemical sensors, biofuel cells, biophotonics, biomaterials, regenerative medicine, micro- and nanofabrication, BioMEMS, and embedded systems.



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Michael Stacey, PhD

Research Associate Professor
Frank Reidy Center for Bioelectrics
300 4211 Monarch Way
Norfolk, VA 23508
757-683-2245
mstacey@odu.edu

Research interests: Pathophysiology of cancer and cartilage biology



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Martha Walker, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair
School of Physical Therapy
3118 Health Sciences Bldg
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0288
Office Phone: (757) 683-3309
Fax: (757) 683-4410
Email: mlwalker@odu.edu

Research interests: Virtual reality to enhance rehabilitation, gait rehabilitation following stroke.



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Yusuke Yamani, PhD
Associate Professor
Psychology (MGB 346X)
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
Email: yyamani@odu.edu

Webpage: http://yyusuke.faculty.digitalodu.com

Research interests: Visual attention and perception, Human-automation interaction (automated driving, advanced air mobility, etc.), Eye movements, Transportation safety using driving simulation.



Xiao Yang

Xiao Yang
Assistant Professor
Department of Pyschology
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
Email: x2yang@odu.edu

Research interests: Multi-modal electrophysiological and neuroimaging techniques for the study of physiological indicators of workload; identification of "noncognitive factors" that influence cognitive processes, and development of training programs to reduce human error and improve performance.