Congratulations to the following UF BME faculty on being selected to receive a three-year University of Florida Term Professorship.
Wesley Bolch, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor & UF Term Professor
Aysegul Gunduz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, UF Research Foundation Professor & UF Term Professor
This recognition is for excellence in teaching, research and service recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs and reviewed by the College Honors and Awards Committee.
Dr. Bolch’s research seeks to develop rapid and clinically accessible computational tools for use by radiologists and radiation oncologists to assess radiation organ dose and associated secondary cancer risks to patients following diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy. The Bolch laboratory has used computer animation software and real patient imaging data to create a 350-member library of pediatric and adult males and females that covers a broad range of subject heights, weights and body shapes. These anatomic models are now being used in all three areas of medical imaging: interventional fluoroscopy, nuclear medicine and computed tomography. Therapy applications of the UF patient phantom series include assessment of secondary cancer risks in proton versus photon cancer radiotherapy, and the use of kilovoltage stereotactic radiotherapy for halting the progression of age-related macular degeneration.
Dr. Gunduz’s research is focused on finding precursors to behavior and aftereffects of stimulation in neural networks through electrophysiology and bioimaging. Her lab aims to translate this knowledge into clinical diagnostic and therapeutic systems to improve the quality of life of those suffering from neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. Gunduz works with many clinical populations, such as neurosurgical patients with epilepsy and movement disorders (Parkinson’s Disease, essential tremor), as well as stroke patients undergoing neurorehabilitation.