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Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

Conventional pulsed power applications in biology and medicine have a long history, going back three centuries to Galvani, Volta, and Franklin (Benjamin), and even much earlier. Karl Schoenbach, working here at ODU, drawing on his experience in plasma physics and engineering, began in the 1990s with Stephen Beebe and colleagues at Eastern Virginia Medical School applying to biomedical targets a different kind of pulsed power: very high electric fields — megavolts per meter — for very short times — nanoseconds (billionths of a second). In doing so, he brought together the people and resources required to create a new multi-disciplinary field that includes physicists, engineers, cell and molecular biologists, and physicians. Explore Our Research

Faculty Spotlight

Prof. Andrei Pakhomov wins the Frank Reidy Award for Outstanding Achievments in Bioelectrics, read more ...


Prof. Pakhomov with Luis Redondo and Richard Heller


Prof. Pakhomov's team at Bioelectrics 2023 award ceremony

Strong Center Representation at 2023 Bioelectrics Symposium

Proud of our Students' and Faculty's achievements, read more ...


Participants from the Center for Bioelecetrics


Vitalii Kim receiving the award for best Post-Doc presentation



NIH Grant Award for Neuromodulation Research see more...


4th World Congress on Electroporation see more


Schoenbach Fellowship Award see more...


Faculty project awarded R43 Phase 1 NIH SBIR funding see more...


Center for Bioelectrics Annual Retreat see more ...


AFOSR grant awarded for research on palsma sources see more ....

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Center for Bioelectrics Seminar Series

seminars are held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (EST)

To join our seminars contact Dr. Ruben Colunga Biancatelli

Date Speaker Topic
12/05/2023 Mike Stacey, Old Dominion University, USA Pulsed Electric Fields and the Inner Nuclear Membrane
11/21/2023 Thanksgiving Holiday- No Seminar
11/14/2023 Allen Garner, Purdue University, USA Biophysics and Applications of Electric Waveforms from Pulsed to AC
11/07/2023 Election Day- No Seminar
10/31/2023 Andrei Pakhomov and Mantas Silkunas, Old Dominion University, USA "Discrete membrane lesions and pore currents in electropermeabilized cells" & "Illuminating electroporation: Ca2+ puffs patterns in nanosecond vs. microsecond PEF's regimes"
10/24/2023 Iurii Semenov, Old Dominion University, USA Real-time imaging of membrane charging and relaxation in cells subjected to brief electric field pulses

Jian Huang, Coriell Institute, USA

Unveiling new targets for overcoming drug resistance in Cancer Therapy
10/10/2023 Fall Holiday- No Seminar

Yan Senders, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

Epigenetic Regulation in Aging and Lung Fibrosis

Ekaterina Nesterovic, Catholic University of America, USA

Hydrophobic Gating and 1/f Noise of the Antrax Toxin Channel

Erkin Seker, University of California Davis, USA

Gold Sponges, Microfluidics, Neural Tissue Chips

Piotr Kraj, Old Dominion University, USA

Bone Morphogenic Proteins are immunoregulatory cytokines controlling helper and Treg cells

Manfred Lindau, University of Miami, USA

The mechanisms of docking, fusion and transmitter release in chromaffin cells

Christian Zemlin, Washington University, USA

Surgical Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias

Keerthi Nawarathna, Old Dominion University, USA

Miniaturized Electromagnetic Sensors and Cellular Biomanufacturing Strategies for Combating Cancer and Obesity

Gintautas Saulis, Semiconductor Physics Institute, Center for Physical Sciences and Technology, Vilnius, Lithuania


Cell Electroporation: Transmembrane Potential and the Factors Affecting It

Loree Heller, University of South Florida, USA

Intrinsic effects of nucleic acid electroporation

Yihong Ye, NIH, USA

Role of the cell surface heparan sulfate in SARS-CoV-2 infection
3/7/2023 Spring Holiday

John Semmes, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

Cancer Proteogenomics: Translating Science into Medicine

MinLei Guo, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

The roles of neuroimmune signaling in drug addiction

David Graves, Princeton University, USA

The Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Reactive Species in Plasma Biomedicine

Richard Nuccitelli, Pulse Biosciences Inc. USA

Type-specific thresholds for tumor clearance using high repetition rate nanosecond pulsed electric fields

Danilo Tagle, NIH, USA

Bioengineered Microphysiological Systems as In Vitro Models for Drug Safety, Efficacy and Precision Medicine Studies

Xilin Zao, Rutgers University, USA & Xiamen University, China

No life, no death; know life, know death? _Deciphering a universal bacterial death pathway by a "reverse engineering-like" approach

Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics

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Norfolk, VA 23505

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