BME PhD Students Present at International Conference

August 25, 2023

Viren Shah at EMBC 23

The Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC) is dedicated to bringing diverse topics and people together under one roof to assist the community of biomedical engineering in achieving its goals. Hosted by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.) and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), these powerhouse societies have created a global conference that is the premier destination for biomedical engineers. This year's conference was held in beautiful Sydney, Australia, with the theme Engineering Better and More Resilient Healthcare for All.

Two of our joint department graduate students had the opportunity to attend and present at this year's conference: MSTP/PhD student Christopher Monti and PhD student Viren Shah from the labs of Drs. Ranjan Dash and Scott Terhune. Dr. Dash's Computational Systems Biology Laboratory (CSBL) focuses on creating detailed computer models for various biological processes. Dr. Terhune's lab focuses on understanding how certain proteins from the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) work when the virus infects us and causes illness.

Chris Monti Presenting at EMBC 23Monti was an Open Finalist for the 2023 EMBS Student Paper Competition for his paper titled “Physiologically-Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling of Blood Clearance of Liver Fluorescent Markers for the Assessment of the Degree of Hepatic Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury.” Out of the numerous submissions, he was one of ten finalists whose paper was selected for publication and presentation in front of judges at the conference. His paper establishes the theory necessary to generate a model for predicting the degree of ischemia-reperfusion injury during liver transplantation.

Shah's presentation focused on a simulated computer model that his lab developed, using logical rules to mimic how CAR T-cells and tumor cells interact. This model will help users predict how these cells will behave and how effective a chosen therapy might be before conducting any lab experiments. This model could be a significant step forward in making these treatments even more successful.


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