Richardson, TX--The Lumata group was recently awarded with a High-Risk, High Impact grant of $200,000.00 for 2 years from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The Lumata group will utilize the highly-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique known as hyperpolarized 13C MRI to non-invasively track and image metabolic biomarkers in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a highly aggressive form of brain cancer. The hyperpolarization technology will enhance the MRI signals of two key amino acids in GBM by 10,000-fold and used it for non-invasive metabolic and diagnostic imaging of this pathology. Furthermore, a UTD cancer imaging facility CPRIT grant led by Dr. Kenneth Hoyt of Bioengineering, was also funded for the purchase of small animal MRI scanner and other cancer-related imaging modalities. It's a great day for UT Dallas! More information about the CPRIT 2018 awards can be found at: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/news/cprit-surpasses-2-billion-milestone-with-64-new-grants/
Richardson, TX--The UT Dallas Department of Physics will call a new 186,000-square ft, multi-story building home by Spring 2020. The new physics building, named Science Building, will house the Physics Department and the William B. Hanson Center for Space Sciences. It features several classrooms, offices and teaching and research labs. According to UTD, the new physics building will have also have 150-seat and 300-seat lecture halls, and an open courtyard with green space and seating areas. Artist conception of the building is displayed on the left, while the current construction to date is shown on the right. Finally, UTD physicists will be in one new, state-of-the-art building!
Richardson, TX--Joseph Grisbauer, an NSF REU (National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates) recipient working in the Lumata lab, presented his research on NMR spectroscopic investigation of aberrant cancer metabolism and factors that affect nuclear relaxation at the UT Dallas Research Symposium. Great job, Joe!
Richardson, TX (July 7, 2018)--Summer 2018 Welch scholar Sarah Chieng, a high school student from Austin, TX, presented her research done at the Lumata lab at the Welch Scholar Closing Program. Her research was entitled "13C NMR spectroscopy of alanine and pyruvate metabolism in cancer". Sarah spent 5 weeks at the Lumata lab learning NMR and cell culture; she did a fantastic job both in research and presentation. Great job, Sarah!
Richardson, TX--With the Texas heat at its height, the Lumata research group had an ice cream social at the physics breakroom featuring homemade vanilla and strawberry ice cream made via liquid nitrogen (LN2) as well as churned ice cream. With so many excess ice cream, the ice cream social for the group was extended to the physics department faculty and students. Great job guys! We'll do this again. I heard somebody's gonna make the rootbeer float ice cream.
Richardson, TX--The Lumata lab added four (4) research members, supported by prestigious Summer scholarship programs, this summer 2018 (from top left): Wuyou Xie (UT Dallas Nanoexplorers Program 2018), Michael Zhang (UT Dallas Nanoexplorers Program 2018), Sarah Chieng (Welch Summer Scholar 2018), and Joseph Griesbauer (BS Physics, University of Dallas, NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates/REU recipient 2018). These 3 high school students and undergraduate researcher are some of the best as they were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants in their respective scholarship programs. They are currently using physics to study the aberrant biochemistry of cancer. Welcome aboard, team!
Frisco High School senior Brianna Royer presented her research work regarding 13C NMR spectroscopy of glucose and fructose metabolism in glioblastoma cells done at the Lumata lab. She gave her research talk at the final Independent Study and Mentorship (ISM) program of Frisco High School--a program for select Frisco high school juniors and seniors doing research with academic and industry mentors at various disciplines within the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Brianna is going to Princeton University for college taking physics/engineering this Fall 2018. Congrats Brianna!
Lab PI Prof. Lloyd Lumata and his graduate students Christopher Parish, Qing Wang, and Fatemeh Khashami attended the 59th Experimental NMR Conference (ENC) at the Hyatt Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando, Florida last April 29-May 4, 2018.
Aya Cloyd has recently received a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship to do cancer research. The highly competitive undergraduate summer internship will be held at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland on June-August 2018. Congrats Aya!
Richardson, TX--The Lumata group has received a new research grant totaling $250,000.00 direct cost for 3 years (2018-2021) from the Robert A. Welch Foundation. The group will be using hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance to study cancer.
On another note, Lumata group graduate students Christopher Parish and Fatemeh Khashami have each received a Margie Renfrow physics student award that carries a monetary support of $235.00 each.
Meanwhile, PhD student Qing Wang has received a Student Travel Award to attend the 59th Experimental NMR Conference (ENC) in Orlando, Florida this April 29-May 4, 2018. The travel award carries a monetary support of $300.00 plus free registration to the ENC.
Richardson, Texas (September 14, 2017)--Today is a historic day for the Lumata research group at UT Dallas: Peter Niedbalski became the first grad student in my relatively new group to earn a doctorate in physics after he successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Mechanisms and Optimization Methods of 13C Dynamic Nuclear Polarization". Peter's research is regarding a physics technique that amplifies magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signals by >10,000-fold. He accepted a postdoctoral fellowship position at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center to do neonatal pulmonary MRI. Congrats Peter and make us proud at Cincinnati!