Expertise: Dielectrophoresis, Electroporation, Bioimpedance, Surgical Oncology, Microfluidics, Biotransport
Rafael V. Davalos is the L. Preston Wade Professor in the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. He also holds Adjunct Appointments in Mechanical Engineering, the Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center, and at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He serves on the editorial board for the ASME Journal of Medical Devices and IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Davalos received his BS from Cornell University and his MS and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his career as a faculty member, Davalos was a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories. In 2012, he received the award for the Most Outstanding Dissertation Advisor at Virginia Tech. In 2014, Dr. Davalos received the Virginia Tech ICTAS Innovator Award and the Innovator award at TechNite 2014. He has been the plenary speaker at the International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics, 1st World Congress on Electroporation, and the Annual Meeting for the Society for Cryobiology. His invention for non-thermal ablation was listed in NASA Tech Briefs as one of the top 7 technological breakthroughs of ’07 and has been used to treat over 6000 people with cancer. He has over 95 peer-reviewed articles, 22 issued patents, 15 book chapters, and 8 journal/book covers with an h-index of 46. Dr. Davalos is the recipient of the 2006 HENAAC award for the Nation’s Most Promising Hispanic Engineer, the NSF CAREER, and was named a Wallace H. Coulter Fellow, an AIMBE Fellow, and an ASME Fellow.