• Principle Investigator

    Mike Averkiou Associate Professor of Bioengineering

    Mike Averkiou develops new ultrasound imaging and therapy technology for cancer and heart disease. Using advanced nonlinear imaging techniques and microbubble contrast agents, he develops ways to image the microcirculation in order to detect the earliest stages of tumor angiogenesis and atherosclerosis, and closely monitor their treatment. He also uses the unique properties of ultrasound and microbubbles to improve the delivery of drugs into cancer cells. He focuses on transferring innovations from preclinical research into clinical use. Mike earned his undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UW Applied Physics Laboratory, at Philips Medical Systems, and most recently at the University of Cyprus, where he was an associate professor and director of the Biomedical Ultrasound Laboratory.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: maverk@uw.edu
    • Phone: (206) 616-9558
    • Office: Foege N530Q
  • Postdoctoral Fellows

    Alicia Clark

    Alicia graduated from Lafayette College with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2007. She then did her Master's (2013) and PhD (2018) in the Multiphase & Cardiovascular Flow Lab at the University of Washington led by Dr. Alberto Aliseda. During her PhD, she was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to explore the dynamics of microbubbles under ultrasound excitation in physiologically realistic flows. As a postdoc in the Averkiou lab, she will continue working with microbubbles to look at microbubble-enhanced heating in focused ultrasound applications. In her free time, she enjoys baking and gardening, and she one day dreams of making a worm composting bin!

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: clarka34@uw.edu
  • Graduate Students

    Sara Keller PhD Student

    Sara joined the PhD program in Bioengineering at UW in 2016. Prior to coming to UW, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chinese language and culture. Since joining the Averkiou lab, Sara has been working on investigating ultrasound-mediated drug delivery in conjunction with cavitation therapy monitoring. Outside of the lab, she can be found hiking, biking, drinking craft beer, or at concerts around the city.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: sbkeller@uw.edu

    Ting-Yu Lai PhD Student

    Ting is a fourth year Ph.D student in Bioengineering at UW. He received his MSE degree in Bioengineering Innovation and Design from Johns Hopkins University and BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and National Cheng Kung University. In his PhD studies, he's interested in improving the imaging quality of both ultrafast THI and ultrafast CEUS by studying the acoustic field produced by the diagnostic arrays. In daily life, Ting always considers himself as a gourmet eater, who would dedicate his whole life to trying and tasting delicious food around the globe.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: tlai9@uw.edu
  • Professional Staff

    Eric Juang Research Scientist

    Eric received a combined B.S./M.S. degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington (UW) in 2017. He intends to pursue medical education for his next step and become a compassionate and well-rounded physician. Currently, he works with physician-scientists in UW Radiology and Inteventional Radiology to develop a contrast ultrasound-based technology that assess, quantitatively, the blood flow in liver lesions. This work is supported by Quantitative Imaging Biomarkers Alliance (QIBA, part of Radiological Society of North America). He also seeks to optimize a machine perfused porcine liver model for the study of an ultrasound-based, non-invasive thermal ablation technique. Outside of research, Eric enjoys the great outdoors and loves to experience everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. He is also a fan of music and enjoys playing the piano and the acoustic guitar. You can also find Eric volunteering at Lahai Health and ROOTS Young Adult Shelter.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: kingfu@uw.edu
    • Phone: (206) 685-4866
  • Undergraduate Students

    Sierra Bonilla

    Sierra is a student in the class of 2020 at the University of Washington studying bioengineering. She intends on attaining her master’s degree at the University of Washington and further receiving a PhD in either electrical engineering or biomedical engineering after graduating. She is learning about High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), which is currently used clinically for thermal tissue ablation, and together with Dingjie is researching ways to enhance this field using microbubbles. Outside research and school, Sierra enjoys painting and drawing. She also enjoys volunteering for various global health organizations around Seattle.

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: bonils2@uw.edu

    Pranav Sarda

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: pranavsarda@outlook.com

    Kaleb Vuong

    Curriculum Vitae

    • Email: kalebv@uw.edu
  • Lab Alumni

    Former Postdoctoral Fellow

    Christina Keravnou [linkedin: christina-keravnou-phd-a2218571]
    Ine De Cock [linkedin: ine-de-cock-5a7239123]
    Dingjie Suo

    Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

    Richard Zong [linkedin: richard-zong-5378bab6]
    Joanna G. Sun [linkedin: joanna-sun]
    Madison Gallagher [linkedin: madison-gallagher]
    Conner Pitts
    Sitai Kou
    Miguel Monserate
    Maria Alejandra Cuevas
    Ally Sestero
    Noah Matsuyoshi