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

- Prof. Andrea Armani from USC visited UCR campus on October 3rd, as the leadoff presenter of the UCR SPIE student chapter lecture series. Her talk was entitled "Integrated Photonics for Exploring Biological Systems". 

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. 

- Prof. Anvari was invited to CBET Grantee Conference.

The National Science Foundation has invited Professor Bahman Anvari to present a grantee feature presentation of his project entitled "Virus-resembling optical nano-materials for intraoperative ovarian cancer imaging" at the 2012 CBET (Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental, and Transport Systems) Grantee Conference, Advancing Global Engineering Through Discovery and Innovation. 

Prof. Anvari's work is one of only four selected by the director of the Biophotonics program to be featured in the Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Healthcare (BEEH) cluster.

The conference provides CBET grantees and Program Directors the opportunity to build more effective and collaborative relationships amongst one another through the multiple outlets for networking and interaction. Moreover, the conference enables awardees to share their technical achievements and to learn more about NSF/CBET programs, practices, and supplemental funding mechanisms. The NSF 2012 CBET Conference was held from Wednesday, June 6, 2012 to Friday, June 8, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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."

- Baharak was awarded an SPIE scholarship in Optics and Photonics.

- SPIE welcomes UCR student chapter.
The SPIE community welcomes the University of California, Riverside as a new student chapter. SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics. Baharak Bahmani, a Bioengineering Ph.D. Candidate, is the first UCR SPIE Chapter members. Members of the UCR Chapter will have the opportunity to be involved in planning activities such as attend relevant conferences and establish educational outreach programs as well as receive chapter funding. Professor Bahman Anvari is the UCR SPIE Student Chapter advisor.

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.

- Baharak received the best student paper award from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).
She received the best student research award for the excellence in the speciality of experimental and translational research from the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, thirty-second annual conference, April 2012 in Kissimmee, Florida.

March 2012

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) supports research projects designed to foster the development and use of lasers and other related technologies in medical and surgical applications. Baharak's proposal was entitled “Laser-Mediated Photothermal Destruction of Ovarian Cancer Cells using ICG-loaded Nanocapsules Functionalized with Anti-HER2”. Her proposal was supported by Dr. Jennifer K. Barton, professor and head of the Bioemdical Engineering department of the University of Arizona.