Dr. Victor Varner and Dr. David Schmidtke worked with UTSW faculty on three different projects:
They investigated corneal keratocyte healing following injury to the eye with Dr. Matthew Petroll, professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UTSW. This research is funded by a $1.8M grant from the National Institutes of Health. UT Dallas students Kevin Lam and Tarik Shihabeddin are currently working on this project.
They are studying the role of spatial protein presentation in kidney epithelial cell tubule formation. Members of the Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine at UTSW including Dr. Thomas Carroll, Dr. Denise Marciano and Dr. Ondine Cleaveras well as UT Dallas students Tarik Shihabeddin and Gauri Renake contributed to this project.
They studied muscle cell responsiveness to overactive bladder medications with Dr. Philippe Zimmern from the Department of Urology.
Dr. David Schmidtke is working with UTSW faculty on three additional projects:
Development of novel microfluidic devices for intracellular protein delivery with Dr. Nikhil Munshi, associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. UT Dallas student Chaitra Telang works on this project.
Regulation of host inflammation by NADPH oxidase 2 signaling with Dr. Jessica Moreland, professor in the Department of Pediatrics.
Effect of high shear on neutrophil function in VAD patients with Dr. Matthias Peltz, associate professor in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Baowei Fei is working with Dr. Ivan Pedrosa, professor in the Department of Radiology at UTSW, to develop machine learning and radiomics techniques to assess the aggressiveness of renal cell carcinoma and to predict therapeutic response.
Funded through a Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) grant, Fei also collaborates with Dr. Baran Sumer and Dr. Larry Myers to develop a smart surgical microscope for rapid cancer detection during surgery. The device combines hyperspectral imaging with artificial intelligence.
Dr. Girgis Obaid initiated a research collaboration with Dr. Debabrata Saha, associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, to establish the radiation dose dependence of excited photo-activable nanoparticles for cancer therapy. The dose parameters will then be used to compare photodynamic therapy and radiotherapy using bioengineered tumor-specific nanoparticles in vitro and in animal models of head and neck cancer. UT Dallas undergraduate student Mina Guirguis is gaining research experience through work on this project.
Dr. Danieli Rodrigues, associate professor, collaborated with Dr. Javier LaFontaine, professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery, and Dr. George Tye Liu, associate professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, to develop innovative orthopedic implant surface approaches toinduce healing in diabetic patients. UT Dallas students Alexandra Arteaga, Lidia Guida, and Jiayi Qu are working on this project.
Dr. Heather Hayenga, assistant professor, collaborated with Dr. Kimberly Kho, in gynecology, to develop a permanent intrafallopian tube contraceptive device. UT Dallas student Lucero Ramirez is working on this project.