Our February 22, 2024 webinar was "Neuromodulation - A Rising Scientists in Therapeutic Ultrasound" Special Session. This special series provides postdocs and early career scientists (Asst Prof.) a platform to share their work. This session featured Tommaso Di Ianni, Ivan M. Suarez-Castellanos, and Huiliang Wang and their individual lectures with Q & A. This session was moderated by Professor Kim Butts Pauly from Stanford, the founder of the Webinar Series for ISTU.

About the Professors

Ivan Suarez Castellano, Ph.D.

Research Associate
Lyon, France

Lecture Title: "Mechanisms regulating focused ultrasound neurostimulation: findings from in vitro to in vivo neural models"

Ivan Suarez Castellanos was born in Bogota, Colombia. He received his B.Sc. degree in biomedical engineering and M.Sc. degree in electrical engineering from the George Washington University in Washington, DC (United States) in 2010 and 2012, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at George Washington University in 2017 for his work exploring the biological and biophysical dynamics involved in the stimulation of insulin release from pancreatic beta cells using therapeutic levels of ultrasound in the context of a novel treatment for type 2 diabetes.

He joined LabTAU - INSERM U1032 as a postdoc immediately after finishing his Ph.D. in the summer of 2017 to join a project aimed at studying, understanding and describing the spatiotemporal mechanisms involved in ultrasound neurostimulation. Additionally, he is also working on a project seeking to develop a dual-mode capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducer (CMUT) medical device for ultrasound-guided HIFU ablations in the context of endocavitary focal therapy of localized prostate cancer. He is now a permanent research associate at LabTAU – INSERM U1032 in Lyon, France.


Tommaso Di Ianni, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging (joint)
Director, Basic Ultrasound Research Program
University of California, San Francisco
Web: https://diiannilab.ucsf.edu
Twitter: @diianni_t

Lecture Title: "Ultrasound array design for high-throughput neuromodulation in freely behaving rats"

Tommaso Di Ianni, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with a joint appointment in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. He is the Director of the UCSF Basic Ultrasound Research Program. Dr. Di Ianni completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University specializing in ultrasound neuromodulation, functional neuroimaging, and image-guided targeted drug delivery. He received a PhD in biomedical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark and an MSc degree (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy. Research in the Di Ianni Lab focuses on developing cutting-edge systems and technologies for noninvasive ultrasonic neurointervention and functional ultrasound imaging.

Huiliang (Evan) Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin | https://wanggroup.bme.utexas.edu/

Lecture Title: "Ultrasound-triggered liposome nanoparticles for non-invasive deep brain optogenetics"

Dr. Huiliang Wang is an Assistant Professor at the department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas at Austin. His research area is on the design of functional nanomaterials, proteins and electronic devices for neural interface engineering. Dr. Wang did his undergraduate degree in Materials Science at University of Oxford and his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University, with Prof Zhenan Bao. After PhD, he continued his postdoctoral research at Stanford bioengineering, with Prof Karl Deisseroth. Since he started his independent career at University of Texas at Austin, he has won several awards, including NSF CAREER Award, NIH R35 Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA), Young Investigator Award from Controlled Release Society Gene Delivery and Gene Editing Focus Group, and MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators under 35 (China).