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Recent Thesis Topics

2013

  • ''Ion Beam CT for Accurate Proton Therapy Treatment Planning,'' John P. Mullins, Ph.D. (Mentor: Michael G. Herman, Ph.D.)
  • ''Osteoporosis of the Human Spine and Vertebral Fracture Prediction: An Observational, Experimental and Modeling Approach,'' Hugo Giambini, Ph.D. (Mentor: Kai-Nan An, Ph.D.)
  • ''High Spatial and Temporal Resolution Neuro and Body Contrast-Enhanced MR Angiography,'' Petrice M. Mostardi, M.D., Ph.D. (Mentor: Stephen J. Riederer, Ph.D.)
  • ''Neuromotor Control of the Diaphragm Muscle,'' Yasin Baris Seven, Ph.D. (Mentor: Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.)

2012

  • ''Measurement of Kidney Viscoelasticity,'' Carolina Amador Carrascal, Ph.D. (Mentor: James F. Greenleaf, Ph.D.)
  • ''Epigenetic Regulation of Stem Cells in Cancer and Aging,'' David Asuzu, Ph.D. (Mentor: Tamas Ordog, M.D.)
  • ''Extended Field-of-View Contrast-Enhanced MR Angiography of the Peripheral Vasculature with High Spatial and Temporal Resolution,'' Casey P. Johnson, Ph.D. (Mentor: Stephen J. Riederer, Ph.D.)
  • ''Neurotrophins in the Pulmonary Vasculature,'' Lucas W. Meuchel, Ph.D. (Mentor: Y. S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • ''Low Dose and Quantitative Myocardial Perfusion Imaging Using Multidetector Row Computed Tomography,'' Juan Carlos Ramirez Giraldo, Ph.D. (Mentor: Cynthia H. McCollough, Ph.D.)

2011

  • "Ultrasound in the Study of Arterial Mechanical Properties and Waves," Miguel Bernal Restrepo, Ph.D. (Mentor: James F. Greenleaf, Ph.D.)
  • "Plasma Membrane Wounding in Alveolar Epithelial Cells — Interventions to Promote Wound Healing," Lindsay M. Godin, Ph.D. (Mentor: Rolf D. Hubmayr, M.D.)
  • "Quantitative Analysis of Synaptic Distribution at Motoneurons," Amine N. Issa, Ph.D. (Mentor: Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.)
  • "Compton Scatter Dose Reconstruction for Radiation Therapy," Daniel W. Mundy, Ph.D. (Mentor: Michael G. Herman, Ph.D.)
  • "A Noninvasive Method for Quantifying Viscoelasticity of the Left-Ventricular Myocardium Using Shearwave Dispersion Ultrasound Vibrometry (SDUV)," Ivan Z. Nenadic, Ph.D. (Mentor: James F. Greenleaf, Ph.D.)
  • "Estrogens in the Airway," Elizabeth A. Townsend, Ph.D. (Mentor: Y. S. Prakash, M.D., Ph.D.)

2010

  • "Cartesian Acquisition with Projection-Reconstruction-like Sampling (CAPR): High Temporal and Spatial Resolution Time-Resolved 3D CE-MRA," Clifton R. Haider, Ph.D. (Mentor: Stephen J. Riederer, Ph.D.)
  • "Lumbar Spine Endplate Biomechanics: An Experimental and Modeling Approach," Miranda N. Shaw, Ph.D. (Mentor: Kai-Nan An, Ph.D.)
  • "Applications of Parallel Acquisition in 3D Inversion-Recovery Brain MRI," Ek Tsoon Tan, Ph.D. (Mentor: Stephen J. Riederer, Ph.D.)

2009

  • "Measurement of Renal Oxygenation and Renal Function In Vivo," Lizette Warner, Ph.D. (Mentor: Lilach O. Lerman, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • "Nonconvex Compressive Signal Processing Methods for Highly-Accelerated Magnetic Resonance Image Reconstruction," Joshua D. Trzasko, Ph.D. (Mentor: Armando Manduca, Ph.D.)
  • "Human-Derived Nanoparticles and Arterial Disease," Maria Ann Kraemer Schwartz, Ph.D. (Mentor: Virginia M. Miller, Ph.D.)
  • "Bronchial Circulation: Investigations in Heart Failure Patients and in Healthy Controls," Maile Lani Richert, Ph.D. (Mentor: Bruce D. Johnson, Ph.D.)
  • "Solute Transport in Deforming Porous Tissue Scaffolds," Jorn Op Den Buijs, Ph.D. (Mentor: Erik L. Ritman, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • "Musculoskeletal Modeling of Manual Wheelchair Activities to Assess Risk of Glenohumeral Impingement," Melissa M. Morrow, Ph.D. (Mentor: Kenton R. Kaufman, Ph.D.)
  • "Novel Acoustic Driver Systems and Contrast Mechanisms for Magnetic Resonance Elastography," Yogesh Kannan Mariappan, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard L. Ehman, Ph.D.)
  • "Molecular Imaging of Vascular Inflammation with Semiconductor Nanoparticles Targeted to Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A," Mambidzeni Madzivire, Ph.D. (Mentor: James F. Greenleaf, Ph.D.)
  • "Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Elastography of Confined Tissue Spaces," Daniel V. Litwiller, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard L. Ehman, Ph.D.)
  • "Magnetic Resonance Elastography of the Heart," Arunark Kolipaka, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard L. Ehman, Ph.D.)
  • "Complexity in Intracellular Regulation of Protein Balance in Skeletal Muscle," Heather M. Argadine, Ph.D. (Mentor: Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.)
  • "Electrophysiological and Electrochemical Investigation of the Mechanism of Action of Deep Brain Stimulation," Filippo Agnesi, Ph.D. (Mentor: Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.)

2008

  • "Design and Validation of Miniaturized Wearable Technology for Measuring Human Motion," Kara E. Bliley, Ph.D. (Mentor: Barry K. Gilbert, Ph.D.)
  • "Hypothemia-Induced Heart Failure," Young S. Han, Ph.D. (Mentor: Gary C. Sieck, Ph.D.)
  • "Polymeric Nanocomposite Scaffolds with Controlled Microstructures for Bone Tissue Engineering," Kee Won Lee, Ph.D. (Mentor: Michael J. Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • "High Resolution Multidetector CT-Aided Tissue Analysis and Quantification of Lung Fibrosis," Vanessa A. Zavaletta, Ph.D. (Mentor: Richard A. Robb, Ph.D.)
  • "Optimization of Molecular Breast Imaging with Dedicated Gamma Camera Systems," Carrie B. Hruska, Ph.D. (Mentor: Michael K. O'Connor, Ph.D.)

Recent student accomplishments (2013)

September

August

  • Zhoubo Li (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), Indianapolis
    • Title: Noise reduction of 4-D CT data by a modified non-local means filter
  • Eric G. Stinson (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: 25th International Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Angiography, New York
    • Title: SNR and CNR in subtraction and Dixon CE-MRA: Theory, phantoms and in vivo measurements
    • Award: NIH Young Investigator Stipend
  • Paul T. Weavers (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: 25th International Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Angiography, New York
    • Title: Optimal CAIPIRINHA patterns and acceleration apportionment applied to CE-MRA
    • Award: NIH Young Investigator Stipend

June

May

  • Elisabeth R. Jensen (honors/appointments)
    • Appointment: Inaugural member of the ASME Bioengineering Division Student Leadership Committee
    • Organization/conference: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Bioengineering Division
    • Purpose: To gain leadership experience and facilitate planning of student events

April

  • Pengfei Song (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: 2013 IEEE-UFFC Joint Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic
    • Title: Fast shear compounding using directional filtering and two-dimensional shear wave speed calculation
  • Pengfei Song (publication)
  • Paul T. Weavers (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
    • Title: Automated selection of 2-D-CAIPIRINHA kernels and application to 3-D CE-MRA
  • Paul T. Weavers (award)
    • Award: ISMRM Merit Award — Magna Cum Laude
    • Organization/conference: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
    • Work: Selection of MRI acceleration parameters based on each individual patient body habitus
  • Sushravya Raghunath (publication)
  • Ephraim I. Ben-Abraham (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)
    • Title: Feasibility of using MR elastography in the intervertebral disc and comparison to finite element model
  • Joshua D. Warner (oral presentations; student travel sponsorship awarded)
    • Meeting: 12th Annual Scientific Computing with Python Conference (SciPy 2013)
    • Title (presentation 1): Experiences in Python for medical image analysis
    • Title (presentation 2): Scikit-fuzzy: A new SciPy toolkit for fuzzy logic
  • Jorge A. Vergen (award)
    • Award: 2013 Minority Trainee Development Scholarship (MTDS)
    • Organization/conference: 2013 American Thoracic Society (ATS) Conference

March

  • Elisabeth R. Jensen (oral presentation)
    • Meeting: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 2013 Bioengineering Conference
    • Title: Identification of true knee flexion axis despite marker misplacement using principal component analysis

February

January

  • Joshua D. Warner (grant)
    • Grant: F30, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral M.D./Ph.D. and Other Dual Doctoral Degree Fellows
    • Organization: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
    • Title: Kidney segmentation and image analysis in ADPKD
  • Bogdan Dzyubak (publication)
  • Dec 6, 2013
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