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This program is dedicated to enabling students without a supervisor to find their ideal match among faculty members, based on one or two month rotations (as specified in the faculty member's description). In contacting the faculty member, please be aware that you may be asked details such as academic interests and your current GPA.


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, bioelectrics, electroporation, wound healing, tendon regeneration, cardiac regeneration and electrospinning.

1-month rotation



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: My engineering group are interested in cold plasma (ionized gases) for environmental and biomedical applications. In particular, studies of inactivation of microrganisms in a medium (i.g. air or water) or on a surface using electrical discharges, cancer cells inhibition or inactivation using intense ultrashort electric fields, and reactive oxygen and nitrogen species are our areas of interest.

1-month rotation



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.

1-month rotation



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Olga Pakhomov, PhD

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

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.

1-month rotation



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.

1-month rotation



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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.

2-month rotation



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Rumit Singh Kakar, PT, PhD

Assistant Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
School of Rehabilitation Sciences
2138 Health Sciences Bldg.
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA

rkakar@odu.edu

Research interests: Spine and lower extremity biomechanics, neuromuscular injury and injury prevention, musculoskeletal modeling, sports injuries and rehabilitation.

1-month rotation



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: We concentrate on the effects of very short (nanosecond), intense (megavolt-per-meter) pulsed electric fields on cells and tissues, combining experimental observations with molecular simulations. The focus of our recent work is the delineation and characterization of the biophysical mechanisms that govern electric field-driven, nondestructive perturbations of biological membranes. Nanoscale Bioelectrical Physics Laboratory.

1-month rotation