Prof. Bell Receives JHU Discovery Award

Dr. Muyinatu Bell and gynecologic surgeon collaborator Dr. Karen Wang were among the 30 interdisciplinary faculty teams at Johns Hopkins selected to receive one of the 2018 JHU Discovery Awards. This award is designed to support cross-divisional research teams who are poised to arrive at important discoveries or creative works. The expectation is that these awards will spark new, synergistic interactions between investigators across the institution and lead to work of the highest quality and impact. This award will support their research topic of “Photoacoustic Image Guidance of Gynecological Surgeries.”

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Prof. Bell Receives NSF CAREER Award

Congratulations to Prof. Bell for being selected to receive the NSF CAREER Award. The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.  The objective of Prof. Bell’s proposal entitled CAREER: Technical & Theoretical Foundations for Photoacoustic-Guided Surgery is to apply optical analyses, spatial coherence theory, and independent resolution models to describe fundamental performance limits of photoacoustic-based navigation during robotic and nonrobotic surgery.

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Brooke Wins Second Place in Undergrad Poster Competition

Congratulations to PULSE Lab undergraduate student Brooke Stephanian on her 2nd place win in the Optics and Photonics Conference at JHU! She presented a poster that summarized the work she completed this semester on the topic “Theoretical Simulation to Optimize Short-Lag Spatial Coherence (SLSC) Photoacoustic Image Quality”.

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Margaret Allard Receives Best Presentation Award

Congratulations to PULSE Lab undergraduate student Margaret Allard who received the best presentation award from the NSF REU program in Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics. Her presentation was entitled Identifying Optimal da Vinci Tool Orientations for Photoacoustic Guided Hysterectomies. Prof. Jerry Prince presented Margaret with this award.

This award was shared by Margaret Allard and Mindy Wagenmaker.

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NIH R00 Grant Awarded

The PULSE Lab received the 2nd phase of Dr. Bell’s NIH K99/R00 award to support our project entitled “Coherence-Based Photoacoustic Image Guidance of Transsphenoidal Surgeries”. This work is motivated by the clinical challenges surrounding the removal of pituitary tumors using the minimally invasive endonasal transsphenoidal approach, which incurs the deadly risk of causing injury to the internal carotid arteries. We propose to eliminate this risk by developing a sophisticated photoacoustic imaging system that visualizes blood vessels located behind bone during the surgical operation. This photoacoustic imaging system will be equipped with our novel coherence-based beamformers and our specialized light delivery systems.

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REU student wins first place award

Congratulations to PULSE Lab undergraduate student Blackberrie Eddins for winning the first place final presentation award in the 2016 NSF Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics (CSMR) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at JHU! She tied in first place for this award with Luke Arend, another student participant.

Two “Best” Awards in One Week

  • Dr. Bell’s co-authored paper, System Integration and Preliminary In-Vivo Experiments of a Robot for Ultrasound Guidance and Monitoring during Radiotherapy, was the runner-up for the Best Paper Award at the 17th International Conference on Advanced Robotics in Istanbul, Turkey. The paper received honorable mention.
  • Dr. Bell’s student, Alicia Dagle, received the Best Presentation Award at the 2015 NSF Computational Sensing and Medical Robotics Research Experience for Undergraduates (CSMR REU) Award Ceremony. Alicia is an undergraduate student at Clark University who will pursue a joint engineering program with Columbia University. She worked closely with Dr. Bell at Johns Hopkins University throughout the ten-week summer program.

NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award

Dr. Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell received the NIH Pathway to Independence Award for her project entitled Coherence-Based Photoacoustic Image Guidance of Transsphenoidal Surgeries. This award promises support for 1-2 more years of postdoctoral training and the first 3 years of Dr. Bell’s independent faculty position.

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Dr. Bell Wins the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell is selected as an awardee in the Ford Foundation Fellowship 2013 postdoctoral competition, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. The competition seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Two-Time UNCF-Merck Fellowship Recipient

Dr. Muyinatu A. Lediju Bell was one of 10 postoctoral fellows to win the prestigious UNCF-Merck Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is officially a two-time recipient of the award, as she also won the graduate level award to complete her PhD dissertation entitled, Improved Visualization of Endocardial Borders with Short-Lag Spatial Coherence Imaging. The postdoctoral award totals $92,000 for a maximum of two years.