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Newly Discovered Mode of Drinking in Mosquitoes Carries Biomedical Implications
BEAM Associate Professor Jake Socha talks about his recent study in Scientific Reports detailing the discovery of a new mode of drinking in mosquitoes, which the researchers have named the burst mode. The team used the synchrotron x-ray facility at Argonne National Laboratory to collect live videos of the mosquitoes' drinking mechanisms.
Mosquitoes and the diseases they carry remain an ongoing focus of public health concern. These new findings on the insect’s feeding mechanisms and modalities could have larger implications for how scientists address mosquito-borne disease transmission in future research.
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Article ItemNew NSF-funded research explores origins of blood feeding in mosquitoes , article
An interdisciplinary team of Virginia Tech researchers is seeking to understand the physiological and biomechanical characteristics of blood feeding in mosquitoes and their evolutionary transition from sugar to blood feeding — knowledge that may help future work to stop disease transmission.
Article ItemBiomedical engineering researchers to study knee re-injury risk using wearable sensors , article
Supported by a $2.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and led by Robin Queen, the Kevin P. Granata Faculty Fellow and professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics, a team of researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia will assess second anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries — a tear of the same ACL or of the ACL in the other knee — using wearable sensors.
Article ItemVirginia Tech researcher teams with FDA to advance device safety through numerical modeling , article
Rafael Davalos, the L. Preston Wade Professor in biomedical engineering and mechanics, is working with scientists at the Food and Drug Administration to develop a numerical heart model, as a regulatory science tool with applications in assessing cardiac ablation devices.
Article ItemWeight or energy: Undergraduate student's research finds ACL recovery results and implications for returning to sport , article
In a study published in Clinical Biomechanics, undergraduate biomedical engineering student Jenna Mesisca and Robin Queen, professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics in the College of Engineering, discovered the importance of factoring both weight and jump height into the tests that are used to clear athletes to resume physical activity following an ACL injury.
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