Monthly Archives: November 2013

An Interdisciplinary Technological Breakthrough to treat Brain Cancer

Come to know about one of the top 7 NASA certified technological breakthroughs of ’07 directly from the inventor!! Also, enjoy the talk with free food!


What:         November Speaker Spotlight
Speaker:   Dr. Rafael V. Davalos (
Topic:        Irreversible Electroporation (IRE) for the Treatment of Brain Cancer
Date:          Tuesday, November 19.
Time:         12 -1 pm
Venue:       Brush Mountain A at Squires Student Center.

IRE therapy uses small (1-2mm) surgical probes to deliver low-energy microsecond pulses for approximately 1 minute. These pulses permanently destabilize the lipid bilayers of the targeted tissue (tumor) thereby killing the cells.

Author Bio:
RAFAEL V. DAVALOS is an Associate Professor and Faculty Fellow in the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and College of Engineering Faculty Fellow. He also holds Adjunct Appointments in the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department, the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Prior to his career as a faculty member, Davalos was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. In 2012 he received the award for the Most Outstanding Dissertation Advisor at Virginia Tech. Dr. Davalos is the recipient of the 2006 HENAAC award for the Nation’s Most Promising Engineer, the NSF CAREER, and was named a Wallace H. Coulter Fellow.