February 14, 2017 - Dr. Verbridge has just been notified that he will receive the NSF CAREER award for a project titled “Multi-Gradient Microtissue Arrays to Analyze Patient-Derived Cancer Cell Modulation by Combinatorial Electrical and Chemical Stimulation”. Thanks to the NSF for this amazing support! see link

January 25, 2017 - Dr. Verbridge has been named to the Editorial Board for the journal Scientific Reports, published by the Nature Publishing Group!

January 4, 2017 - LITE lab research perspectives have been included in a very nice article on the use of ecological concepts to better understand and treat cancer. see link

December 20, 2016 - Drs. Verbridge and Davalos have received notice that their 5-year R01 project “High-frequency Irreversible Electroporation (H-FIRE) combinatorial GBM treatment” will be funded by the NCI. This is Dr. Verbridge’s first R01, and is in collaboration with Dr. John Robertson of BEAM, Dr. John Rossmeisl of the College of Veterinary Medicine, and Drs. Waldemar Debinski and Glenn Lesser of the Wake Forest Medical School. see link

November 1, 2016
- Drs. Verbridge and Slade have just received an REU development grant from ICTAS for their work on micro-engineered platforms to study host-pathogen interactions.

July 26, 2016 - Jill and Mohammad’s paper “Improving cancer therapies by targeting the physical and chemical hallmarks of the tumor microenvironment”, written with our collaborators in the Davalos lab, has been published in Cancer Letters. Nice work team! see link

July 17, 2016 - Several members of LITE lab have had their abstracts selected for oral presentations at this year’s BMES meeting in Minnesota. Congrats to all, and please stop by our talks in October to hear about the work!

July 8, 2016 - Congratulations to our collaborator Chen Sun in Dr. Chang Lu’s lab, whose paper titled “Parametric Structures within a Microfluidic Channel for Enhanced Immunomagnetic Isolation and Surface Patterning of Cells” was just published in Scientific Reports. Nice work Dr. Sun! see link

May 14, 2016 - The book “Microfluidic Methods for Molecular Biology”, co-edited by Dr. Verbridge along with collaborator Dr. Chang Lu, is now available from Springer! see link

May 4, 2016 - Dr. Verbridge has been awarded the Leader in Research Award at the annual BEAM awards banquet!

May, 2016 - Welcome to the new undergraduates joining lab for the summer, Emily Williams as part of the NSF REU program, and VT student Danielle Jones!

January, 2016 - New undergraduates are working in LITE lab this semester, Andrea Kuliasha and Robert Accolla. Welcome!!

November 24, 2015 - Congratulations to Jill and Eduardo for their new paper in Scientific Reports, “Targeted cellular ablation based on the morphology of malignant cells”! see link

May 28, 2015 - We are excited to have our new REU undergraduate researcher Megan Richards join the lab for the next 10 weeks to work on the tumor-targeted electric field project, welcome Megan!

April, 2015 - We are pleased that Dr. Akanksha Kanitkar has joined the lab as a new postdoctoral researcher, joint with Dr. Long’s lab in Chemistry. Welcome Akanksha!

April 6, 2015 - Dr. Verbridge is the Virginia Tech Research Scholar of the Week! see link

March 1, 2015 - Dr. Verbridge is honored to have been selected as a 2015 recipient of the Engineering Dean’s Award for Outstanding New Assistant Professor! see link

February 12, 2015 - We are happy to announce that the Verbridge lab has been awarded a 2-year R21 grant from the National Cancer Institute, in collaboration with BEAM faculty member Dr. Rafael Davalos, to develop cell-targeted electric field treatment modalities for glioblastoma! see link

October 27, 2014 - Congratulations to PhD student Megan Cox for being elected as a full member of the Interdisciplinary Research Honor Society Iota Delta Rho! This is a great acknowledgement of Megan’s accomplishments as an interdisciplinary researcher!

October 20, 2014 - Our recent NIH grant has been featured in the Virginia Tech Daily News! see link

October 10, 2014 - The Verbridge lab, in collaboration with Tim Long in the Department of Chemistry, and Ann Peiffer at the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center have been awarded a CCC/SBES pilot grant for our project in patient derived tumor models to optimize radiotherapy dose. Thanks to the CCC and SBES for their support!

October 9, 2014 - Congratulations to our collaborator Yahya Hosseini, a PhD student in Dr. Masoud Agah’s lab. His paper has just been accepted for publication in the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A. Great work Yahya!

September 26, 2014 - The Verbridge lab has been awarded a 2-year R21 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, to study the transcriptional regulators of chemoresistance in tissue engineered brain tumors. The project is in collaboration with Dr. Chang Lu in Chemical Engineering, and Dr. Waldemar Debinski, director of the Brain Tumor Center of Excellence at Wake Forest. We are grateful to the NIH for their support of our work! see link

April 16, 2014 - The Verbridge lab has been selected to receive a 2-year Junior Faculty Collaboration grant from the Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science, to study tumor-microbiome interactions. This project is in collaboration with Drs. Liwu Li and Ann Stevens in Biological Sciences. Congratulations to Logan Patterson and Megan Cox in the Verbridge lab, whose preliminary data helped to secure this award, and thanks to ICTAS for supporting this exciting work: see link

March, 2014 - The National Science Foundation will sponsor SBES’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in multiscale biomechanics. The Verbridge lab will provide mentorship for summer undergraduate research in cancer biomechanics. Congratulations to Principle Investigator Dr. Pamela VandeVord for leading this fantastic project! see link

November 25, 2013 - A new paper titled “Dictionary-Learning-Based Reconstruction Method for Electron Tomography” has been published in the online version of the journal Scanning. Congratulations to the authors Drs. Baodong Liu and Hengyong Yu from Wake Forest, Lizhi Sun from UC Irvine, and Ge Wang from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: see link

September 2, 2013 - Our microfluidic angiogenesis model has been included in the paper “Formation of microvascular networks in vitro” which has just been published online in the journal Nature Protocols. Congratulations to all the authors at Cornell and the University of Washington, and especially to the first authors John Morgan and Peter Delnero: see link

August 31, 2013 - Our recent microfluidic tumor angiogenesis model has been featured in the AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) Society for Biological Engineering news highlights: see link

August 24, 2013 - Four new members are joining LITE lab, recent Virginia Tech physics graduate Sebastian Shaner, and undergraduate students Meryl Suresh, Tyler Davidson and Kara Ford. Welcome to everyone!

July 31, 2013 -
Dr. Verbridge’s recent publication “Physicochemical regulation of endothelial sprouting in a 3D microfluidic angiogenesis model” has been highlighted in the Virginia Tech Daily News: see link

July, 2013 -
LITE lab Ph.D. students Jill Ivey and Megan Cox have both passed their Qualifying exams with flying colors, congratulations Jill and Megan!

June, 2013 - PhD. students Jill Ivey and Megan Cox have both had their abstracts accepted for poster presentations at the upcoming Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Please visit their posters in Seattle, and congratulations Megan and Jill!

May, 2013 -
A new undergraduate student, Logan Patterson, has joined the lab to study bacterial-tumor interactions. Welcome Logan!