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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...


Ruben Colunga Biancatelli is featured as a member spotlight by the American Thoracic Society. 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

Esin Sozer, Northeasten University, USA

Are STEM classrooms places to discuss society? One professor's journey of discovery and unlearning after over a decade of training in STEM.

Josette el Zaklit, University of Nevada Reno, USA

Nanoelectropulse-induced changes in cell excitability: what did we learn from adrenal chromaffin cells

Maura Casciola, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA


General FDA regulatory mechanisms, and research for cardiovascular treatments by pulsed electric fields

Zobia Minhas, Old Dominion University, USA

Synergistic effects and mechanisms of combined treatment with nanosecond electric pulses and cold atmospheric plasma for pancreatic cancer

Robert Reinhart, Boston University, USA

Noninvasive neuromodulation for impaired cognition

Sun Jiangwen, Old Dominion University, USA

Training deep neural networks to predict functional genomic events
3/19/2024 Ruben Colunga Biancatelli, Old Dominion University, USA Targenting extracellullar vesicles endocytosis in ARDS

Yali Kong, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA

Theranostic Agents in Drug Discovery

Spring Break

William McPheat

Wonderful ... You got a patent! Now what? ICAP can help!

Khan M. Iftekharuddin, Old Dominion University, USA

Prediction of Rapid Early Progression and Survival Risk with Pre-Radiation MRI in WHO Grade 4 Glioma Patients

Alexandra Chittams-Miles, Old Dominion University, USA

Pulsed Electric Fields Sensitize Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus to Antibacterial Therapies and Stimulate Host Immune Responses
2/6/2024 Aurora Kerscher, Eastern Virginia Medical School , USA Noncoding is No-nonsense: Antimir Therapeutics & Modified RNA
1/30/2024 Yutao Liu, Augusta University, USA Estrogen, Biomechanics, and Glaucoma
1/23/2024 Stephen Beebe, Old Dominion University, USA Missing Pieces of nsPEFs Impact on Cell Death and Immunity
1/16/2024 Katharina Stapelmann, North Carolina State University, USA CANCELED Generation and transport of reactive species in cold atmospheric plasmas - from the gas phase into the liquid phase
12/12/2023 Vitold Galkin, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA The cryo-EM revolution: a novel era in exploring the mechanisms of a heartbeat
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

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