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Dr. Hal Holmes

Hal Holmes

“The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clark

 

Research Scientist

-Lead engineer at Conservation X Labs
-Schmidt Science Fellow
-Moore Inventor Fellow
-PhD Bioengineering, University of Washington, 2018
-BS Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2013
-BS Electrical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2013

Research Interests

-MEMS
-Microfluidic devices for biology and conservation
-DNA extraction using focused ultrasound

Graduate Students

Connor Edsall

Connor Edsall

“May the roof above us never fall in. And may the friends gathered below it never fall out.”

Irish Blessing

 

Graduate Student

-SBES PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Materials Science and Engineering, 2010
-NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Award Fellow 2011-2013

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Medical device development
-Acoustically-active biomaterials

Zerin Mahzabin Khan

Zerin Kahn

“Art without engineering is dreaming. Engineering without art is calculating.”

Steven Roberts

 

Graduate Student

-SBES PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-Computational Tissue Engineering PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS in Biochemistry, University of Ottawa, 2018
-BASc in Chemical Engineering, specialization in Biomedical Engineering, University of Ottawa, 2018

Research Interests

-Novel drug delivery systems
-Controlled release and targeted therapies for cancer treatment

Lauren Arnold

Lauren Arnold

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Be curious.”

Stephen Hawking

 

Graduate Student

-SBES PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Biomedical Engineering minor in Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, 2019
-LinkedIn

Research Interests

- Histotripsy
- Neuromodulation using focused ultrasound
- Non-invasive treatments for neurological disorders

Sarah Hall

Sarah Hall

“And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.”

Michael Scott

 

Graduate Student

-SBES PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Biochemistry minor in Math and Physics, University of Virginia's College at Wise, 2018
-COVES Fellow 2020
-LinkedIn

Research Interests

-Nanoparticle-mediated histotripsy
-Cancer
-Immune response

Alex Simon

Alex Simon

“Madness in Methods. That is genius.”

Leto II

 

Graduate Student

-Engineering Mechanics PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, 2018

Research Interests

-Histotripsy mechanics
-Stiff tissue ablation
-Design and development of focused ultrasound systems

Hannah Sheppard

Hannah Sheppard

“People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.”

John C. Maxwell

 

Graduate Student

-SBES MS Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Mechanical Engineering minor in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2020

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Medical device development and improvement
-Focused ultrasound systems

Alexia Stettinius

Alexia Stettinius

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

 

Graduate Student

-SBES PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Biophysics, SUNY Geneseo, 2020

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-DNA extraction using focused ultrasound

Jess Gannon

Jess

“It's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”

Rocky

 

Graduate Student

-SBES PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Mechanical Engineering minor in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2021

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Focused ultrasound transducer design
-Pancreatic cancer treatment applications

Victor Lopez

Victor Lopez

“You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”

Christopher Robin

 

Graduate Student

-SBES MS Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Florida, 2020
-GEM Fellow 2021
-LinkedIn

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Medical device development
-Focused ultrasound systems

Levern Currie

Levern Currie

“Don't be discouraged. It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”

 

Graduate Student

-Industrial and Systems Engineering PhD Program, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-MEng Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics, Virginia Tech, 2021
-BS Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology, George Mason University, 2020
-New Horizons mentor
-DoD SMART recipient
-Alpha Phi Mu Honors Society
-LinkedIn

Research Interests

-Neuromodulation using focused ultrasound
-Medical device development
-Non-invasive treatments for neurological disorders
-Focused ultrasound systems

Medical Students

Kevin Patel

Kevin Patel

“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”

John F. Kennedy

 

Medical School Student

-Virginia Tech Carilion, VTC Program, In Progress
-BS Biology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2019

Research Interests

-Therapeutic ultrasound technologies
-Nanoparticle-mediated histotripsy
-Interventional oncology

Maya Langman

Maya Langman

“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

Dr. Seuss

 

Medical School Student

-Virginia Tech Carilion, VTC Program, In Progress
-BA Biology, University of Virginia, 2017

Research Interests

-Non-Invasive treatments for neurological diseases
-Histotripsy
-Neuro-oncological treatments

Neha Singh

Neha Singh

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”

Michael Jordan

 

Medical School Student

-Virginia Tech Carilion, VTC Program, In Progress
-BS Biochemistry, University of Washington, 2018

Research Interests

-Histotripsy 
-Interventional oncology
-Oncological applications of focused ultrasound
-Medical device development

Tony Anzivino

Tony Anzivino

“Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

GK Chesterton

 

Medical School Student

-Virginia Tech Carilion, VTC Program, In Progress
-MS Human Nutrition, Columbia University, 2019
-BA Psychology, Dartmouth College, 2016

Research Interests

-Therapeutic ultrasound techniques
-Focused ultrasound uterine fibroid ablation

 

Chris Childers

Chris Childers

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

 

Medical School Student

-Virginia Tech Carilion, VTC Program, In Progress
-BA Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Acoustically-active biomaterials
-Biomaterial-associated infection
-Clinical translation of focused ultrasound technologies

Ethan Nethery

Ethan Nethery

“As cool as the other side of the pillow.”

Stuart Scott

 

Medical School Student

-Virginia Tech Carilion, VTC Program, In Progress
-BS Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
-MS Biomedical Engineering, University of Wisconsin
-LinkedIn

Research Interests

-Thermal/Non-thermal ablation modalities
-Minimally invasive medical technologies
-Energy-tissue interactions
-Oncological medical interventions

Undergraduate Students

Hannah Schwenker

Hannah Schwenker

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.”

Marie Curie

 

UG/G Student

-SBES UG/G Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests

-Cancer
-Medical device development

Dylan Pearson

Dylan Pearson

“Believe it!”

Naruto Uzumaki

 

UG/G Student

-SBES UG/G Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Focused ultrasound systems
-Medical device development and improvement

Ty Kwak

Ty Kwak

“Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Thomas A. Edison

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests

-Histotripsy
-Nanoparticle-mediated histotripsy
-Tissue engineering
-Medical device development

Neffisah D'odoo

Neffisah Dodoo

“Life is too short to be serious all the time. So, if you can't laugh at yourself, call me...I'll laugh at you.”

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering minor in Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests:

-Histotripsy
-Medical device development
-Focused ultrasound transducer design
-Cancer

Mariam Hasan

Mariam Hasan

“The worst prison is indecision.”

Unknown

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering, Creativity + Innovation Honors Laureate Diploma

Research Interests:

-UX design of portable histotripsy systems
-Healthcare inequities and access
-Medical device development

 

Isabelle Mehochko

Isabelle Mehochko

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering minor in Computer Science, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests:

-Histotripsy
-Focused ultrasound ablation
-Medical device development
-Biomedical imaging

Nhyira Annan

Nhyira Anna

“Failures, repeated failures, are finger posts on the road to achievement. One fails forward toward success.”

C. S. Lewis

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Computational and Systems Neuroscience minor in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Science, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests:

-Neuroscience
-Biomedical Devices

Britt Osborne

Britt Osborne

“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”

Albert Einstein

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Mechanical Engineering with Pre-med track, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests:

-Histotripsy
-Focused ultrasound treatment
-Tissue and organ engineering
-Regenerative medicine

Lauren Potter

Lauren Potter

“The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.”

Abraham Lincoln

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests:

-Cancer research
-Medical device development
-Neuroengineering

Thomas Lu

Thomas Lu

“If your heart is kind, heaven will bless you.”

Chinese Proverb

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-LinkedIn

Research Interests:

-Biomedical device development
-Non-invasive treatments for neurological disorders

Renata Farrell

Renata Farrell

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”

St. Catherine of Siena

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-LinkedIn

Research Interests:

-Tissue and organ engineering
-Histotripsy
-Regenerative medicine

Yussef Ait-Bella

Yussef Ait-Bella

“Trust the process...”

Unknown

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Electrical Engineering (focus in Controls, Robotics, and Autonomy) minor in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-Member of Closing the Gap
-LinkedIn

Research Interests:

-Medical device development
-Amplifier design in histotripsy applications

Laura Huynh

Laura Huynh

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.”

Steve Jobs

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Materials and Science Engineering minor in Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress

Research Interests:

-Biomaterials
-Histotripsy
-Medical device development

Christopher Snyder

Christopher Snyder

“Today is my new favorite day.”

Winnie the Pooh

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-President of Circle K International at Virginia Tech
-Biomedical Engineering Ambassador
-LinkedIn

Research Interests:

-Histotripsy
-Focused ultrasound systems
-Non-invasive treatment modalities

Cade Caporale

Cade Caporale

“When you're going to change the world, don't ask for permission.”

Viktor (Arcane series)

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-Chief Engineer of e-NABLE at Virginia Tech

Research Interests:

-Histotripsy
-Nonthermal ablation modalities
-Focused ultrasound systems
-Biomedical imaging

Nikki Keith

Nikki Keith

“What people call intelligence just boils down to curiosity.”

Aaron Swartz

 

Undergraduate Student

-BS Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-BS Clinical Neuroscience, Virginia Tech, In Progress
-Virginia Tech Honors College
-Beckman Scholar 2022
-LinkedIn

Research Interests:

-Histotripsy
-Neuro-oncological therapeutics
-Medical device development

Alumni

Graduate Students

Dr. Alissa Hendricks-Wenger

-PhD Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health, Virginia Tech, conferred May 2021
-Dissertation: Determining the Oncological and Immunological Effects of Histotripsy for Tumor Ablation
-Current position: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alissa Hendricks-Wenger
Alissa graduation

Undergraduate Students

Loulou Vos (2021-2022)
-Current position: R&D Intern, Biotronik (Bulach, Switzerland)
Kellyn Peterson
Jon Grabski
Maggie Boyer
Matthew Hunt
Sofie Saunier
Tom Steeves
Rebecca Schmieley
Justin Howell
Ruby Hutchison
Emerson Ham
Olivia Box
Jennifer Khirallah
Lisa Ballat
Alyssa Gentry
Morgan Haywood
Molly Acord
Brittany Hoang
Riya Trasi

Medical Students

Pete Weber
Faith Robinson

Rotation Students

Grace Blair