Francesco Curra

APL Assistant Professor WOT

fcurra@apl.washington.edu
Phone: (206)543-9848
Office: 236 Old Oceanography Building

UW Bioengineering faculty Francesco Curra

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How I am inventing the future of medicine
My research is focuses on the use of low power ultrasound for the development and improvements of current ultrasound imaging systems and the use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for noninvasive therapy in cancer treatments.
Research Interests
Novel Ultrasound Transducer Development
Image-guided noninvasive HIFU Therapy
Ultrasound-based diagnostic and reconstructive dentistry
High Performance Computing
Research Description
My research is principally centered on medical acoustics. It involves the use of low power ultrasound for the development and improvements of current ultrasound imaging systems and the use of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) for noninvasive therapy in cancer treatments. It also includes the development of highly parallel, 3D simulations models for acoustic and thermal interactions with biological media.
Education
Ph.D, Bioengineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, August 2001
B.S. magna cum laude, Bioengineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, June 1996
Postdoc Information
Post Doctoral, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, October 2001 – May 2003
Awards and Honors
2004, 2011 Member of Acoustical Society of America Technical Program Organizing Committee
1999, 2001, 2007, 2009-2013 Innovative Technology Award, Applied Physics Laboratory
1998 Office of Naval Research Fellowship to attend the National Center for Physical Acoustics Physical Acoustics Summer School, Monterey, CA
1996 Earl H. Devoe Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research, Syracuse University
1996 Bioengineering Founders Award for Engineering Excellence, Syracuse University
1996 Donald Gage Stevens Endowment Research Fellowship, Syracuse University
UW Bioengineering Courses Taught
BIOEN 317: Biomedical Signals and Sensors Laboratory
BIOEN 599: Ultrasound Imaging
Selected Publications
F. P. Curra and N. R. Owen, “Ultrasound-based Targeting and Monitoring of HIFU Fields”, J. Acoust. Soc. Am., v. 147, no. 3, Pt. 2, p. 1767, 2011

N.R. Owen and F.P. Curra, “Multilayer Transducer for Nonlinear Imaging with Application to Targeting and Monitoring of Therapeutic Ultrasound ”, Proceeding of the IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, San Diego, USA, 2010

F. P. Curra, “A modeling tool for therapeutic and imaging ultrasound applications”., J. Acoust. Soc. Am., v. 127, no. 3, Pt. 2, p. 1827, 2010

F. P. Curra, “Comprehensive 3D Model of Shock Wave-Brain Interactions in Blast Induced Traumatic Brain Injury”, Military Health Research Forum 2009, Kansas City, MO, 2009

O.A. Sapozhnikov,W. Kreider, M.R. Bailey, V.A. Khokhlova, F. P. Curra, “Effect of elastic waves in the metal reflector on bubble dynamics at the focus of an electrohydraulic lithotripter” – J. Acoust. Soc. Am., v. 123, no. 5, Pt. 2, p. 3367-3368, 2008

F.P. Curra and L.A. Crum, “Therapeutic Ultrasound: Surgery and Drug Delivery”, Acoust.ScienceandTechnol., 24, 1-6, 2003

D. A. Lazar, F. P. Curra, B. C. Mohr, L. D. McNutt, M. Kliot and Mourad, P. D., “Acceleration of recovery after injury to the peripheral nervous system via ultrasound and other therapeutic modalities”, In Neurosurgery Clinics of North America -Peripheral Nerve Issues: Controversies and Evolving Treatments-, M. Kliot editor, W. B. Saunders Publishing House, 2001.

Mourad, P. D., D. Lazar, F. P. Curra, A. M. Avellino, B. C. Mohr, L. D. McNutt, K. C. Andrus, L. A. Crum, M. Kliot, “Ultrasound accelerates functional recovery after peripheral nerve damage”. Neurosurgery, 48, 5, 1136-1141, 2001

 

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