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In the News
December 2015
- Yadir Guerrero and Mohammad Sarshar have successfully defended their doctoral dissertationsCongratulations to Yadir and Mo!!

September 2015
- Our manuscript, "Virus-resembling nano-structures for near infrared fluorescence imaging of ovarian cancer HER2 receptors." has been accepted for publication in Nanotechnology. Authors of the study are Yadir Guerrero, Baharak Bahmani, Sheela Singh, Valentine Vullev, Vikas Kundra, and Bahman Anvari. S. Singh and V. Kundra are with the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

June 2015
- Dr. Anvari receives an NSF award in the amount of ≈ $355,000 for the project "erythrocyte-derived optical nano-vesicles as photo-theranostic agents".

- PhD student, Jenny Mac, receives a $5,000 grant from the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) for project "Erythrocyte-Derived Nanoparticles for Targeted Near-Infrared Imaging and Laser-Mediated Photothermal Destruction of Cancer Cells.

March 2015
Drs. Anvari and John Yim, MD (http://www.cityofhope.org/people/yim-john) receive a joint City of Hope-UC Riverside Biomedical Research Initiative (CUBRI) grant in the amount of $100,000 for the project “Near infrared imaging of ovarian cancer peritoneal carcinomatosis.” Under this project, we will explore the potential effectiveness of optical nano-constructs derived from erythrocytes in targeted NIR imaging of such tumors in animal models.

October 2014
- Our manuscript "Comparative studies of methods to calibrate the stiffness of a single-beam gradient-force optical tweezer over various laser trapping powers" has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomedical Optics. The authors of the study are Mohammad Sarshar, Winson T. Wong, and Bahman Anvari.

June 2014
- Dr. Anvari  receives a $50,000 grant for the project "Erythrocyte-derived optical nano-probes for near infrared fluorescence imaging of tumors " from the University of California Cancer Research Coordinating Committee.

- The Office of Research and Economic Development at UCR has awarded Dr. Anvari a $24,000 award for the project "In-vivo imaging using optical nano-materials derived from erythrocytes".

- Our manuscript "Functionalized Polymeric Nanoparticles Loaded with Indocyanine Green as Theranostic Materials for Targeted Molecular Near Infrared Fluorescence Imaging and Photothermal Destruction of Ovarian Cancer Cells" has been accepted for publication in Lasers in Surgery & Medicine. The authors of the study are Baharak Bahmani, Yadir Guerrero, Danielle Bacon, Vikas Kundra, Valentine Vullev, and Bahman Anvari. 

May 2014
- Dr. Anvari and collaborator Dr. Vikas Kundra from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center receive a three-year $400,000 grant for the project "Collaborative Research: A new paradigm for ovarian cancer imaging and therapy" from the National Science Foundation. 

- Dr. Anvari and Dr. Vullev receive a Collaborative Seed Grant for $75,000 from The Office of Research and Economic Development at UCR for the project "Towards Establishing an NIH Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Cell-Based Materials for Personalized Imaging and Therapeutics."

- Jack Tang, receives a Student Research Grant from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery for the project "Optimization of fabrication methods for maximizing the fluorescence emission of optical nano-vectors derived from erythrocytes."

March 2014
- Dr. Anvari has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) as a representative for Biomedical Engineering.  

February 2014
- Dr. Anvari has been elected as a Fellow of The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for achievements in phototherapy, optical nano-materials, laser trapping methods, and membrane mechanics.

August 2013
Our manuscript entitled "Revisiting Indocyanine Green: Effects of Serum and Physiological Temperature on Absorption and Fluorescence Characteristics" has been accepted for publication by IEEE Journal of  Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics. Authors of the study are Bongsu Jung, Valentine Vullev, and Bahman Anvari.

July 2013
Our paper entitled "Virus-mimicking optical nano-materials: near infrared absorption and fluorescence characteristics, and physical stability in biological environments" by Bongsu Jung and Bahman Anvari has been accepted for publication in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.

- Our lab has provided the first results to demonstrate the engineering of near infrared photo-theranostics nano-constructs composed of membranes derived from red blood cells that encapsulate the FDA-approved dye, ICG.  This work is published in Nature's Scientific Reports.  Authors of the study are Baharak Bahmani, Danielle Bacon and Bahman Anvari.

June 2013
Yadir Guerrero presented some of his results related to the optical properties and photothermal response  of OVGs at the 87th ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium, and 14th UC System-wide Bioengineering Symposium.

Dr. Anvari presented our work on the use of OVGs for targeted fluorescence imaging of ovarian cancer cells at 2013 meeting of European Foundation for Clinical Nanomedicine (CLINAM) in Basel, Switzerland.

March 2013
- Baharak's paper "Effects of Nano-encapsulation and PEGylation on Biodistribution of Indocyanine Green in Healthy Mice: Quantitative Fluorescence Imaging and Analysis of Organs,” has been accepted for publication by International Journal of Nanomedicine.

February 2013
- Baharak and Yadir presented their recent results at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco.

- Nima's paper "Effects of plasma membrane cholesterol level and cytoskeleton F-actin on cell protrusion mechanics,” has been accepted for publication by  PLoS ONE. This work is in collaboration with Dr. Alex Spector at Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. William Brownell at Baylor College of Medicine.

January 2013
- Our research on the use of  virus-mimicking optical nano-constructs for near infrared photoacoustic imaging is accepted for publication in Nanoscale. This is a collaborative effort involving Professor Lihong Wang at Washington University at St. Louis.

December 2012
- Congratulation to Yadir Guerrero for receiving the best poster award at UCR SPIE student poster competition. His poster was entitled "Directed Targeting of HER-2 over-expressing Ovarian Cancer Cells by Optical Viral Ghosts".

- UCR SPIE student chapter hosted the UCR SPIE Lecture Series + Student Poster Competition on December 4th. Prof. Ian Kennedy from UCDavis was the second presenter of UCR SPIE lecture series and judge of the student poster competition. 

October 2012

August 2012
- Congratulations to Nima for defending his PhD thesis. Nima has joined Prof. Michael Berns research group at UC Irvine as a postdoctoral fellow.

June 2012
- Prof. Anvari is awarded a Research Fellowship by UCR  Academic Senate Committee on Research. 

May 2012
- Prof. Anvari gave an invited lecture (Nano-materials for Near Infrared Optical Imaging and Phototherapy) at The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on May 23,  and was honored "In recognition of pioneering innovations in laser-based technologies and biophotonics."

April 2012

- Prof. Anvari is elected to serve as the Chair of the Bourns College of Engineering Executive Committee for a three year term effective September 1, 2012.