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August 2017 — The National Science Foundation has awarded a research grant to UMBC to support mild hyperthermia enhanced nanoparticle delivery to cancer ($330,000, PI: L. Zhu, co-PIs: R. Ma, M. Daniel, and C. Bieberich).  This is a wonderful news to our multi-interdisciplinary team in three UMBC departments (Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Chemistry).

July 2017 — Dr. Zhu gave a research seminar in the Engineering Research Center in Biomaterials at Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China.

June 2017 — Qimei and others in the department presented their research in Tuscon Arizona during the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference.

May 2017 — Dr. Zhu was invited to give a talk at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Thermal Medicine in beautiful Cancun, Mexico.  The talk is based on Dr. Alex LeBrun’s research in our lab.  We also saw several old friends and met new friends, including our own Dr. Navid Manuchehrabadi currently at University of Minnesota, and Dr. Ingrid Hilger at Universitatsklinikum Jena Germany, a pioneer in magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia research.



January 2017 — Christmas and new year break was not a real break for students in our labs.  They were working hard to conduct experiments and perform simulations to prepare research papers.  Kudos to Qimei, Myo, Tim, and Miao for their hard work in December and January, and Dr. Alex LeBrun for his help. Our labs have submitted four conference papers to the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference.  We are looking forward to visiting Tucson Arizona in the summer.

December 2016 — 2016 NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Grantees Conference in Arlington Virginia. Have learned a lot from our peers!

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November 2016 — The ME undergraduate students were invited to visit our lab today.  More than 30 students showed up in the tour. In the past. ME students usually had minimal interaction with faculty members who are doing research in their first two years at UMBC, and did not know how to contact faculty members for any research opportunity.  Today’s event was planned to connect ME undergraduate students with faculty mentors to facilitate the first step of interaction.  If the feedback is positive, we may extend it to tours in other research laboratories in the department.

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June 2016 — We attended the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, and Biotransport Conference in the beautiful National Harbor in Maryland.  Our lab members Ali and Qimei presented their research in the conference. We also saw Dr. Navid Manuchehrabadi, a former member of our lab in the conference. This was also the first time the conference sponsored several sessions in engineering education.

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April 2016 — Our lab has submitted six papers to the Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering, & Biotransport Conference.  All the papers are accepted.  We are going to DC for the conference to present our work in June.  All credits go to Ali, Qimei, Amirreza, Alex, and Catherine for their hard work, and our collaborators, including Drs. Topoleski, Ma, Bieberich, Yu, and Salloum, for their helps.

December 2015 — It is the graduation ceremony for Alex and Catherine!  Congratulation to both of them reaching an important milestone in their career!


November 2015 — Dr. Liang Zhu has been nominated and elected to become an ASME Fellow.  This is quite an honor to the Bioheat Transfer Laboratory at UMBC.  It reflects the impact we have made on the mechanical engineering research community. It’s also an indicator of the high quality of the research conducted in our lab.

November 2015 — Congratulation to Catherine who just defended her MS thesis research.  Catherine will work as an engineer in BGE after her graduation from our program this semester.  Job well done.

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November 2015 — Adding to the good news of the recent acceptance of Alex’s third journal paper by the International Journal of Hyperthermia, Dr. Alexander Mark LeBrun successfully defended his PhD dissertation research. The room was completely full, since everyone loves Alex. Alex will work in a biomedical company ACell.  We wish him the best in his future career.

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November 2015 — We are looking forward to attending Alex’s Ph.D. defense on Nov. 13th, 2015; and Catherine’s MS defense on Nov. 17th, 2015.  Job well done.  Please come to support them.

September 2015 — The FDA awarded a research contract to UMBC to support research activities of evaluation accuracy of non-contact digital infrared thermometers ($110,000; PI: L. D. Timmie Topoleski, co-PI: Liang Zhu).

August 2015 — Bioheat Transfer laboratory welcomes two new students to join our lab: Ms. Qimei Gu and Ali Mohammadabad.  Ms. Gu received her MS degree from Widener University and Mr. Mohammadabad received his MS degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.

July 2015 — Alex has been awarded a UMBC Dissertation fellowship for supporting his dissertation writing.

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June 2015 — We are in Snowbird Utah for the SB3C conference. Look how serious we are in front of our posters.  Of course we are enjoying the beautiful view in Snowbird.

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June 2015 — Two undergraduate students in the ME department, Mr. James Cruz and Mr. Parth Khandge will work in the lab in Summer 2015.  Welcome.


May 2015 — Our lab submitted six papers to the Summer Biotransports, Bioengineering, and Biomechanics Conference (SB3C).  All papers have been accepted.  Among them, Amirreza Saharkhiz, Peter Dillon, Andrew Lee, and Alireza Chamani’s papers got the honor of being selected in the student competition.  Alex LeBrun’s paper was selected as a podium presentation.  Our lab has a great visibility in the conference.  Thank everyone for all the hard work in January to get them submitted.


March 2015 — ME undergraduate student and S-STEM scholar, Mr. Amirreza Saharkhiz, has been awarded the Undergraduate Research Award by the Undergraduate Office at UMBC.  It seems that Amir will stay in our lab for a little bit longer.  Amir also gets an REU position at UIUC in the summer. Congratulation!  Amir’s REU research is focused on genetic sequences and how changing in those sequences can cause problems such as cancer.  His research results have been presented at the end of the REU conference at UIUC.


December 2015 — We welcome Ms. Catherine Bartgis joining the lab to pursue her MS thesis research.

November 2014 — Congratulation to Alireza Chamani, who successfully defended his MS thesis research on image proceesing for screening melanoma.  He is currently working as a project manager at AEGIS Mechanical Corporation in Baltimore, MD.  We are also very excited to see that Alex LeBrun has advanced to PhD candidacy.

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Sept. 2014 — Navid’s paper on treatment protocol design in gold nanorod hyperthermia has been published by International Journal of Hyperthermia.  One of his figures in this study has been selected to be featured on the cover page of this issue.  This is the third time our lab got the honor from this journal (Salloum et al., 2008, LeBrun et al., 2013, and Manuchehrabadi and Zhu 2014).

June 2014 — We welcome three ME undergraduate students (Andrew Lee, Peter Dillon, and Amirreza Saharkhiz) working on various projects in the Bioheat Transfer Lab.

May 2014 — The Army Research Lab has awarded a $50,000 grant to support research on nanoparticle enforced 3-D printing (PI: R. Ma and co-PI: L Zhu).

April 2014 — NSF will continue to support the Mechanical Engineering S-STEM Scholarship Program at UMBC (PI: L. Zhu) via a $580,000 S-STEM grant over the next four years.

March 2014 — Alizera’s first journal paper has been published by ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, congratulation.

March 2014 — Congratulation to Navid, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation.  He will work as a PostDoc Associate at University of Minn. We wish him the best in his future career.

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Febrary 2014 — Green Technology Ltd has awarded a research contract to UMBC (PI: R. Ma and co-PI: L. Zhu) to support developing theoretical simulation of mass transport processes in CO2 capture facility.

September 2013 — Congratulation to Navid, who received a dissertation fellowship for the Fall semester.  Navid will work on his dissertation writing and plan to defend by the end of next January.  Two more journal papers of Navid have been accepted for publications recently.

September 2013 — NSF CBET awarded a research grant to UMBC to support imaging based theoretical simulation approaches in magnetic nanoparticle hyperthermia for cancer treatment ($300,000, PI: Zhu, co-PIs: Ma and Bieberich).

August 2013 — Alex’s manuscript submitted to the Internatioal Journal of Hyperthermia  in May 2013 has been accepted for publication. A very fast review process!  This is Alex’s first journal publication.  Alex also gets the honor of having one of the figures featured on the cover page of the issue.  Congratulation!

July 2013 — Congratulation to Alireza for receiving an award from the Summer Bioengineering Conference 2013.  Alireza’s poster presentation was in the student paper competition and it wins the 3rd place at the MS level.  This paper has been invited to be submitted to a special issue of ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, featuring all the papers of the student competitions at the conference.

June 2013 — Our lab attended the Summer Bioengineering Conference in Oregon.  Alex presented his research during a podium session.  Navid and Alireza stood in front of their research posters to answer questions and discussed research with other participants.  We saw Dr. Maher Salloum who graduated from our lab several years ago, and Dr. Zhongping Huang, who was the thesis advisor of Anil and Alex at the Wideners University. The group had dinner with the Biotransport community and visited several local attractions.

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May 2013 — Congratulation to Randy, Chris, and Korine, for graduating from our undergraduate program.

May 2013 — Alex Lebrun submitted a manuscript to the International Journal of Hyperthermia.

April 2013 — All the eight papers submitted to the SBC conference have been accepted.  We are going to Oregon in June.

Feb. 2013 — Alex Lebrun passed his qualify exams.

Jan 2013 — The Bioheat Transfer Laboratory has submitted eight papers to the Summer Bioengineering Conference to be held in June 2013 in Oregon.  Job well done!

October 2012 — Navid Manuchehrabadi has successfully passed his Ph.D. candidacy exam.

October 2012 — The FDA awarded a contract to UMBC to support a research project on evaluation of thermometers (PI: L Zhu and co-PI: LDT Topoleski)

Sept. 2012 — Yonghui Chen passed his MS Thesis defense, congratulation!

August, 2012 — Congratulation to Navid Manuchehrabadi for publishing his paper in the ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine.

March 2012 — Anil Attaluri successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation Defense and became Dr. Attaluri.  He will work as a Post-doc Research Associate at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine.

Feb. 2012 — Welcome the new members of the Bioheat Transfer Lab — Alex Lebrun and Alireza Chamani

Jan 2012 — Congratulation to Jennifer Gill and Katisha Smith for their new positions in industry and government agency.