November 2012

Research Highlights

Dr. Wan Shih, associate professor in BIOMED, was cited in the August 20 issue of MedCity News and the August 24 edition of WHYY’s News works for having developed the early versions of a breast cancer detection device as part of a research project she led in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems. Her fingertip sensors technology was licensed to the Philadelphia-based startup UE Lifesciensces, which received an $878K grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (CURE) program to further commercialize and clinically validate the sensor technology.

Dr. Joshua Jacobs, assistant professor in BIOMED, received a $60K 2012 National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for his research on working memory and how it relies on precise patterns of activity across widespread regions of the brain.

Dr. Fred Allen, assistant professor and associate director for undergraduate studies in BIOMED, Shirin Karsan, director of the weServe program in BIOMED, and Drexel team members traveled to The Gambia, West Africa to expand collaboration and partnering efforts with The Gambia Ministry of Health and the University of The Gambia (UTG).

Drs. Donald McEachron, research professor and associate director in BIOMED, and Gloria Donnelly (CoNHP) published the paper titled “Timing Is Everything: A Chronobiologist's Perspective on Health, Illness, and Circadian Rhythms” in the August 2012 edition of the journal Holistic Nursing Practice. Dr. McEachron was also interviewed by the journal on the paper’s topic.

Dr. Ming Xiao, research professor in BIOMED, published the paper titled “Genome Mapping on Nanochannel Arrays for Structural Variation Analysis and Sequence Assembly” in the July 15, 2012 online edition of the journal Nature Biotechnology. Dr. Xiao was also interviewed about his paper for the journal's weekly In Sequence newsletter

Dr. Elisabeth Papazoglou, associate professor in BIOMED (Co-authors M. S. Weingarten, J. A. Samuels, M. Neidrauer, D. Diaz, and J. McGuire) published the paper titled "Diffuse Near Infrared Spectroscopy Prediction of Healing in Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Human Study and Cost Analysis," whose abstract was recognized by the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) for having the highest scoring abstract in the Clinical Research category. The Symposium recognizes the highest scoring abstracts in each of four categories (Case Study, Clinical Research, Informational/Educational Report, and Laboratory Research).

Dr. Andres Kriete, associate professor in BIOMED, was an invited speaker at the Group for Research in Decision Analysis (GERAD) – IEEE Control Systems Society Outreach meeting on "Control Challenges in Disease: Unsolved Problems and Research Directions,” held June 26, 2012 in Montreal, CA. The topic of his talk was "Aging and Loss of Robustness: A Systems Biology Approach.” He also co-chaired a session on “Biomarkers of Human Infectious Disease and Cancer” at the 2012 International Symposium on Molecular Medicine and Infectious Disease (ISMM&ID), held June 19-21, 2012 at the College of Medicine.

Dr. Banu Onaral, H. H. Sun Professor and Director, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, was quoted in the June 15, 2012 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal in an article on Drexel’s research partnership with the Institute for Drug Research of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.