Undergraduate Student, Amol Mavuduru, won the 2019 Jonsson School Undergraduate Experience Research Award at the University of Texas at Dallas

The Undergraduate Research Awards at the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science offer engineering majors financial support to work with a top Jonsson School faculty member on relevant research projects. The $500 awards give students the opportunity to build practical experience that opens doors for graduate school, internships, and careers. Amol Mavuduru, an undergraduate student from Dr. Baowei Fei’s lab, won the 2019 Jonsson School Undergraduate Experience Research Award.

Undergraduate Student, James Huang, won the 2019 Undergraduate Research Scholar Award (URSA) from the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Texas at Dallas

The Undergraduate Research Scholar Awards are a one-time competitive award made by the Office of Undergraduate Education at the University of Texas at Dallas, designed to reward the contributions and facilitate the professional development of undergraduate researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas. Students selected to receive an Undergraduate Research Scholar Award receive $500 and the certificate, awarded upon participation in the Undergraduate Research Scholar Award poster competition held in mid-April. James Huang, an undergraduate student from Dr. Baowei Fei’s lab, won the 2019 Undergraduate Research Scholar Award.

Robert F. Wagner All Conferences Best Student Paper Award

Himar Fabelo, a PhD student from Dr. Baowei Fei’s Lab, received the Robert F. Wagner All Conference Best Student Paper Award – Runner-Up at the International Conferences of SPIE Medical Imaging in San Diego, California on February 18, 2019. The title of his paper is “Surgical aid visualization system for glioblastoma tumor identification based on deep learning and in vivo hyperspectral images of human patients.”  The Robert F. Wagner All Conference Best Student Paper Award (established 2014) is an acknowledgement of his many important contributions to the Medical Imaging meeting and his many important advances in the field of medical imaging and is co-sponsored The Medical Imaging Perception Society and SPIE.  A first-place winner and runner-up were recognized with a cash prize ($1,000 and $500 respectively) and a certificate during the Plenary Session at the conference.

Dr. Baowei Fei serves as the Chair for the NIH Study Section: ZCA1 RPRB-N (J2) Integrating Biospecimens into Clinical Assay Development (U01)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support extramural research to investigate and mitigate challenges facing clinical assay development due to biopsy biospecimen preanalytical variability. The program will tie in with current efforts to optimize clinical biomarker assays utilized in NCI-sponsored clinical trials. Results from this research program will improve the understanding of how biopsy collection, processing, and storage procedures may affect all aspects of analytical performance for current and emerging clinical biomarkers, as well as expedite clinical biomarker assay development through the evidence-based standardization of biopsy handling practices. Critical information gained through these research awards may increase the reliability of clinical biomarker assays, reduce time requirements for assay development, and decrease assay failure during late-stage testing.

Dr. Baowei Fei serves as a Panel Member of the NIH Study Section: Biomedical Imaging Technology (BMIT-B)

The Biomedical Imaging Technology Study Sections both review applications involving basic, applied, and pre-clinical aspects of the design and development of medical imaging system technologies, their components, software, and mathematical methods for studies at the cellular, organ, small or large animal, and human scale.

Dr. Baowei Fei was appointed as Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science by the University of Texas at Dallas

Provost Musselman of the University of Texas at Dallas appointed Dr. Baowei Fei to the endowed faculty position Cecil H. and Ida Green Chair in Systems Biology Science #3, one of the honorific appointment awarded by the University to its most distinguished faculty members.

Noted Cancer Scholar Joins Jonsson School’s Bioengineering Team

Dr. Baowei Fei, a professor of bioengineering, was previously an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology. “Dr. Fei is a world-class researcher in the area of image-guided intervention,” said Dr. Robert Rennaker, Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering and head of the Department of Bioengineering. “Our ability to recruit faculty members of his caliber is what will propel UT Dallas to national prominence as we strengthen our partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Fei has received numerous honors and awards, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research and the Young Investigator Award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. In 2009 he was recognized as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar by the Georgia Cancer Coalition. He also served as the Conference Chair for the SPIE Medical Imaging: Image-guided Interventions, Robotic Interventions, and Modeling Conference 2017-2020.


World-Class Imaging Scientist, Cancer Scholar Joins University

Dr. Baowei Fei, an imaging scientist and cancer scholar whose work has transformed medical imaging and intervention for cancer care, recently joined the UT Dallas Department of Bioengineering. Dr. Fei was inspired by a speech by University President Richard C. Benson that he paraphrases: “‘We are still giving shape to this superb University, defining purpose and creating tradition that will last for 100 years and more. Put simply: you are founders,’” Dr. Fei’s group developed a technology called the molecular imaging directed, 3D ultrasound-guided biopsy system, which improves upon 2D systems by allowing for earlier detection of potentially cancerous cells in the prostate. Dr. Fei led the first clinical trial of positron emission tomography (PET) combined with ultrasound fusion targeted biopsy of the prostate. His research group also is investigating a technology called hyperspectral imaging for its potential use in biological and medical applications, such as real-time detection of cancer cells during surgery for complete removal of the tumor. The technology provides information about healthy and diseased tissues based on how they interact with various wavelengths of light.

Dr. Fei received a new NIH R01 grant on image-guided intravascular robotic system for mitral valve repair and implants.

Mitral regurgitation (MR) is one of the most common valve lesions, which affects 9 million Americans, and is known to increase morbidity and mortality. MR occurs due to leakage of blood through the mitral valve and induces volume overload on the left ventricle, elevates diastolic wall stress and causes rapid left ventricular dilatation, ultimately leading to congestive heart failure within 5 years and death. Timely and effective repair of MR is of utmost importance to halt the progression of heart failure, but current options are limited. Open- heart surgery is the current standard of care and has a relatively high risk of post-operative mortality. Transcatheter mitral valve repair, is a new class of technologies in which MR repair is performed on a beating heart using a catheter that is guided to the mitral valve to deploy reparative devices. However, the route to the mitral valve is a challenging path for existing catheters to follow. The complexity associated with their implantation in a beating heart, often leads to failed procedures and conversion to open heart surgery. We propose to develop a novel intravascular steerable robot that is guided to the mitral valve by multimodality imaging and deploys a novel, low profile device that can effectively repair MR of all forms. This highly innovative and interdisciplinary project combines expertise in surgical robotics, imaging and mitral repair devices. We envision that the intravascular steerable robot and implant, guided by multimodality imaging will significantly simplify Transcatheter mitral valve repair, increasing the procedural accuracy and control, and reducing failure rates.

Poster Awards at the International Conference of SPIE Medical Imaging

James Dormer, a Research Engineer from Dr. Baowei Fei’s Lab, won two Poster Award – Honorable at the International Conference of SPIE Medical Imaging. The first award is from the SPIE Medical Imaging: Biomedical Applications in Molecular, Structural, and Functional Imaging Conference. His paper is entitled “Heart chamber segmentation from CT using convolutional neural networks.” The second award is from the SPIE Medical Imaging: Ultrasonic Imaging and Tomography Conference. The title of his paper is “Ultrasound segmentation of rat hearts using a convolution neural network.”