BIOMED Faculty Details: Kambiz M. Pourrezaei, Ph.D.
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Kambiz M. Pourrezaei, Ph.D.   [Update My Profile]
Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems
Office: Monell 105  Email:
Phone: 215.895.2260 x00  Fax: 215.895.4983 x00
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Research Keywords:
Nanotechnology, near infrared imaging (NIR), medical devices.
Personal News:
Dr. Pourrezaei, along with Dr. David Luzzi of the University of Pennsylvania, recently received a $10.5 million grant to establish a regional Nanotechnology Center. The proposal was submitted to the Pennsylvania Technology Investment Authority in collaboration with Dr. Barry Stein of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Dr. Pourrezaei, in collaboration with Dr. Banu Onaral and Dr. Ata Akin, have received a $1.3 million research contract utilizing near infrared (NIR) technology to monitor the brain's cognitive activities.
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechic Institute, Electrical Engineering, 1982
M.S., Tufts University, Electrical Engineering
B.S., Tehran University, Electrical Engineering
Active Research Projects:
Dr. Pourrezaei is leading the research activity that is enabling nanotechnology to merge with biomedical applications. The three major thrust areas identified at Drexel University include biosensors, drug delivery, and tissue engineering. These activities are being funded by a $10.5 million research grant from the State of Pennsylvania, while support from the region's pharmaceutical companies is also energizing this research. Collaborators from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems include Dr. Ryzard Lec, Dr. Peter Lelkes, and Dr. Margaret Wheatley.

Dr. Pourrezaei is also leading the research activity in the area of bio-optics. Currently, a near infrared (NIR) modality is being utilized for monitoring breast cancer and brain activities. The projects are being funded by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Collaborators from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science, and Health Systems include Dr. Ata Akin and Dr. Banu Onaral.
Pourrezaei K. “Application of nanotechnology to medicine”, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2001. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE , Volume: 4 , 25-28 Oct. 2001 Page(s): 4087 -4088 vol.4

Izzetoglu K, Bunce S, Onaral B., Pourrezaei K., Chance B (2004). Functional Optical Brain Imaging Using NIR during Cognitive Tasks. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction. 17(2), p.211-227

Izzetoglu, K.; Bunce, S.; Izzetoglu, M.; Onaral, B.; Pourrezaei, K. (2003); fNIR spectroscopy as a measure of cognitive task load. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2003. Proceedings of the 25th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, Vol: 4 , 17-21, 3431 – 3434.

Zhang, R. Lec, and K. Pourrezaei, ‘ The Study of an Interaction of Solid Particles with Various Surfaces Using TSM Sensors, IEEE Transaction on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectric and Frequency Control”, In Press.

Yen Wei, Houping Yin, Xiaohua Cao4, Patrick Ndungu, Guoliang Yang, Jean-Claude Bradley, Kambiz Pourrezaei, Peter I. Lelkes, and Joe Tsien.
Nanoelectrodes Fabricated from Electron Beam Deposited Carbon as Potential Electrochemical Neuronal Probes In Press commencement issue of Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.

Mark R. Contarino, Vishal Kamat, Edward Keough, Nadaraj Sundar Babu, Elisabeth Papazoglou, Irwin M. Chaiken, Som Tyagi, Kambiz Pourrezaei, Bio-nano-optics for Cellular Investigations,
(To be published as Conference Proceedings of Optics East-2004)

Vishal Kamat, Mark Contarino, Edward Keough, Nadaraj Sundar Babu
Kambiz Pourezzaei, Elisabeth Papazoglou, and Som Tyagi, Colloid-coated Optical-fiber Nanoprobe for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectrosocpy
“Detection of Defects in Protective Barriers” U.S. Patent 6, 204, 669 B1 March 20, 2001. Co-inventor.

“Method For Fabrication Of Metallized Medical Devices” U.S. Patent 5,685,961 November, 11, 1997.

“Detection of Defects In Protective Barriers” U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/051,585 also submitted for regular Patent. September, 10, 1997.

“Urinary Catheter and System” U.S. Patent 5,295,979, March 22, 1994.

“Enhanced Tooth Movement Based on Controlled Inflammation and Osteogenesis” Being processed for filing.
In Dr. Pourrezaei's free time, he enjoys playing and watching sports, reading books on religion and philosophy, and working with the young minds of his students.
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