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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

Professor P. Thomas Vernier wins the Frank Reidy Award for Outstanding Achievments in Bioelectrics, read more ...


Prof. P. Thomas Vernier with Prof. Esin Sozer and Dr. Federica Castellani


Molecular dynamic simulation of pore formation

Student Spotlight

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international students

Professor Pakhomova (center) with Drs. Aleksander Kielbik and Pamela Sowa


Professor Pakhomova with Olga Michel receiving the Early Career Investigator Award at the 3rd World Congress on Electroporation.



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


Faculty project awarded DURIP funding see more...


Prof. Pakhomov appointed new Center for Bioelectrics Director see more....


NIH Grant Awarded for Early-Stage Neuromodulation Research see more ...


2021 Schoenbach Fellowship award see more...


Call for Papers - Special Issues edited by Center faculty see more ...


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


Dr. Flavia Mazzarda wins the 4th Arthur Pilla Young Scientist Award see more...

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Center for Bioelectrics Seminar Series

Unless specified otherwise, seminars are held on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (EST) via Zoom.

To join our seminars contact Donna Moore

Date Speaker Topic
12/6/2022 John Foster, University of Michigan, USA Progress in plasma-based water purification

Guijun Wang, Old Dominion University, USA


Carbohydrate Based Organogels and Hydrogels and Their Applications
11/22/2022 Thanksgiving Holiday

Marco Pravetoni, University of Washington, USA


Development of immunotherapeutics to treat and prevent substance use disorders and overdose
11/8/2022 Election Day

John Lazo, University of Virginia, USA


Exploring the pharmacological properties of tyrosine phosphatase inhibitors
10/25/2022 Nobuhiro Ohta, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan Cancer specific cell death induced by nanosecond pulsed electric field as revealed by fluorescence imaging of endogenous and exogenous fluorophores

Hai-Lan Chen, Old Dominion University, USA


A redox approach to wound disinfection and healing
10/11/2022 Fall Holiday

Joseph Reiner, Virginia Commonwealth, USA


Detecting cancer-marking peptides with cluster-enhanced nanopore sensing.


Michael Daniele, North Carolina State University, USA


Microphysiological Systems at the Blood-Tissue Interface

Hyun (Michel) Koo, University of Pennsylvania, USA


Targeting biofilms of surfaces: from nanoparticles to microbiotics

Richard Heller, University of South Florida, USA


Therapeutic applications of pulsed electric fields

Stephen Beebe, Old Dominion University, USA


Dynamic effects of NPS on mitochondria and cellular electron transport
4/19/2022 Richard A. Britten, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA The role of NASA funded space radiation research in changing the conceptual basis of radiation effects on the CNS
4/12/2022 Lisha Yang, University of Nevada, USA Characterization of the plasma membrane current induced by ultrashort nanosecond electric pulses in adrenal chromaffin cells: Na+ influx via voltage-independent ion channels, plasma membrane nanopores, or both?
4/5/2022 Pengwei Zhang, Old Dominion University, USA Mechanistic studies on intracellular trafficking of human papillomavirus during infection
3/29/2022 Ana Pego, University of Porto, Portugal Nanobiomaterials for neural regeneration: Breaking barriers with nanotools
3/22/2022 Peter W. Grabham, Columbia University, USA Blood vessels in space vessels: The microvasculature in the space environment
3/15/2022 Guijun Wang, Old Dominion University, USA Carbohydrate based organogels and hydrogels and their applications
3/01/2022 Siqi Guo, Old Dominion University, USA Immunological effects and mechanisms of nanosecond electric pulse tumor ablation
2/22/2022 Venkat Maruthamuthu, Old Dominion University, USA Mechanical regulation of cell adhesion and contractility
2/15/2022 Michael Kong, Old Dominion University, USA Cold-plasma regulation of metabolism to target tumorigenesis and inflammation
2/08/2022 Olga Pakhomova, Old Dominion University, USA Role of ion channels in the plasma membrane permeabilization by nanosecond pulsed electric field
2/01/2022 Michael Levin, Tufts University, USA Bioelectric networks: from basal cognition to electroceuticals for regenerative medicine
1/25/2022 Iurii Semenov,
Old Dominion University, USA

Visual of Plasma membrane potential changes within nanoseconds time intervals using strobe fluorescence

1/18/2022 Stephen Mayfield,
University of California San Diego, USA
Photosynthetic bio-manufacturing in green algae: food and fuel for the 21st century
1/11/2022 Konstatin Birukov,
University of Maryland, USA
Mechanochemical regulation of lung endothelial cell barrier function
12/07/2021 Xing Dai,
University of California, Irvine Medical Center, USA

Making, Maintaining, and Repairing Skin Barrier

11/30/2021 Vitalij Novickij,
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania
Cellular Responses and the Electronics Behind the Electric and Magnetic Field Treatment Techniques in VilniusTECH
11/16/2021 Edwin Oshin,
Old Dominion University, USA
Evaluating the effect of pulsed electric field and plasma on biological tissues by determining tissue conductivity
10/26/2021 Julita Kulbacka, Wroclaw Medical University, Poland PEFs in gastrointestinal cancers-in vitro and in vivo models
10/19/2021 Guillermo Marshall, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina The quest for an optimal dose-response relationship in EP-based tumor treatments
10/05/2021 Anca Dobrian,
Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA
Extracellular Vesicles Take Charge in Obesity Comorbidities

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