March 31, 2020

Rokni Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Eric Rokni has been selected for the 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The fellowship will financially support him for a three-year period as he continues his doctorate at Penn State with BASiL. Congrats on this elite recognition, Eric!

March 9, 2020

Simon Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. Julianna Simon just received the prestigious 5-year NSF CAREER grant!  BASiL will now study where bubble nuclei for acoustic cavitation exist in tissues; how their distribution is influenced by disease; and how ultrasound can be optimized to detect acoustically cavitated bubble nuclei. In collaboration with Penn State Center for Science and the Schools (CSATS), they will also be making a Blue Box activity kit for middle school students to investigate ultrasonic detection of minerals.  Stay tuned for exciting results and fun outreach pictures!

December 7, 2019

BASiL presents at 178th ASA conference in San Diego, CA

Eric (second from left), Molly (second from right), and Dr. Juli Simon attended and presented at the Acoustical Society of America conference at the Hotel del Coronado during Dec. 2-6. Eric presented in the Biomedical Acoustics session New Frontiers in Doppler Ultrasound on “Color Doppler ultrasound twinkling in pathological biomineralizations”. Dr. Simon co-chaired the sessions on Cavitation Bioeffects, which she also presented on “Microbubbles on kidney stones contribute to the twinkling artifact in humans” and Molly presented on “Histotripsy in collagenous tendons”. Eric also co-chaired a Grants and Fellowships panel and invited Molly to speak on her experience with the NSF GRFP! The week was also filled with other fun activities, like yoga on the beach and Christmas in (rainy) paradise.

November 1, 2019

Smallcomb sucessfully defends Masters Thesis

Molly finished up her thesis and was approved to graduate with a Masters this fall! Her thesis was titled “Focused ultrasound histotripsy of connective tissue: a tendon model”. Congratulations! She will be continuing her PhD studies with Dr. Simon and BASiL.

molly juli masters ceremony

October 25, 2019

BASiL gets shout-out from Penn State News

Molly was recently interviewed by Penn State about her experience in the Graduate Program in Acoustics, and it was featured in the Penn State News. Check it out here! The article touched base on some of her research with Dr. Simon and BASiL, and it even got recognition from the Focused Ultrasound Foundation on LinkedIn!

August 8, 2019

Elliott joins BASiL

BASiL welcomes new member Jake Elliott! He will be pursuing an MS in Acoustics here at Penn State. Jake comes from Rochester, NY, and received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University. He’s excited to be a part of the team!

May 20, 2019

BASiL attends ASA conference in Louisville, KY

BASiL members Molly, Eric, and Dr. Simon attended and presented at the 177th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America in Lousiville, KY during the week of May 13-17. Molly’s talk was titled “Investigation into tendon histotripsy”, Eric’s presentation was on “The effect of crystal composition on the color Doppler twinking artifact”, and Dr. Simon presented Scott’s work about the “Etiology of the color Doppler twinkling artifact on kidney stones”. The week was filled with good sessions, whiskey, and company. Eric also performed cello with his Penn State Acoustics band at the ASA Jam!


May 9, 2019

Recipient of National Institutes of Health Grant

BASiL and MUSL just received an NIH NIBIB R21 Trailblazer to continue exploring histotripsy in collagenous tissues using tendon as a model. We look forward to continuing the work started with the Penn State College of Engineering Seed Grant!

May 8, 2019

BASiL Sweeps CAV Student Poster Award

BASiL graduate students Eric Rokni and Molly Smallcomb both placed in the top three student poster competitors at the Center for Acoustics and Vibration Spring Workshop hosted at Penn State. Way to represent BASiL!

April 9, 2019

Smallcomb Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

BASiL’s graduate student, Molly Smallcomb, has been selected for the 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The fellowship will provide financial support for the next three years as she continues her PhD at Penn State. Congrats on the national accomplishment!

January 10, 2019

Recipient of the 2019 Penn State College of Engineering Multidisciplinary Seed Grant

Along with the labs of Dr. Scott Medina and Dr. Keefe Manning, BASiL has been awarded another Seed Grant for their proposed study titled “Ultrasound-enabled strategies for synchronous imaging and therapy of venous blood clots”.  Thank you to the College of Engineering and Multidisciplinary Seed Grant Program! We look forward to some great collaboration!

January 3, 2018

Recipient of the 2018 Penn State College of Engineering  Multidisciplinary Seed Grant

BASiL is teaming up with MUSL led by Dr. Meghan Vidt to investigate non-invasive histotripsy therapy in tendons for rotator cuff injury repair with a 2018 Penn State College of Engineering Seed Grant. Stay tuned for some exciting results!