News updates of MBB

Nov. 1, 2017:

Dr. Wang and some PhD students attended Tulane BME 40 years anniversary celebration gala dinner. Both Tulane president, Michael Fitts, and former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason delivered an inspirational talk.


July 1, 2017:

The article by the former postdoc, Dr. Junbo Duan (now an associate professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University), is among the top 10% most cited PLOS ONE articles with 28,700 views and 63 citations as of July 1, 2017. Check his paper at: Comparative studies of copy number variation detection methods for next-generation sequencing technologies

June 30, 2017:

From June 25-30, Dr. Wang and the three PhD students (Yuntong Bai, Biao Cai, Aiying Zhang) had a productive meeting at Vancouver, Canada for the annual Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) conference. Each PhD student had a poster presentation on multimodal brain imaging and genomic data fusion, dynamic brain connection network estimation, and the analysis of Schizophrenia brain networks, respectively.

June 23, 2017:

Two papers by Dr. Pascal Zille on the fusion of brain imaging and genomic data, and the estimation of sparse connectivity patterns from fMRI are both accepted within two days by IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, a top journal in medical imaging field. Congratulations on the productive work!

March 10, 2017:

The week of March 5-9 has seen a productive one. We organized a special session on “Integration of multiscale heterogeneous biomedical data” as part of ICASSP’17 in New Orleans, where Dr. Pascal Zille made a presentation on the estimation of brain networks from fMRI. Min Wang also made a poster presentation at ICASSP’17.

On March 10, we had a successful meeting on our annual NSF EPSCoR project with the external advisory committee and evaluator. All four PIs gave an update on the project progress and got feedbacks on the next year’s implementation.

Jan. 12, 2017:

Dr. Wang was elected to be the College of Fellows at the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and will be inducted at AIMBE’s 2017 Annual Event, March 19-20, 2017, in Washington, DC. According to the AIMBE, college of Fellows represents the most accomplished and distinguished medical and biological engineers responsible for innovation and discovery and Dr. Wang becomes a member of a select group of the top 2% of medical and biological engineering professionals.

Sept. 12, 2016:

Dr. Lynn Nordstrom, the external evaluator of our NSF EPSCoR project, paid a visit to our group and also met some faculty participants. We have a productive meeting, receiving feedback on the implementation of our project.

August 26, 2016:

We wrapped up a productive and fun summer. Dr. Jian Fang went to ISMB’16 in Orlando. Dr. Keith Dillon and PhD student, Wenxing Hu made three presentations at IEEE EMBC’16 in Orlando. Dr. Wang gave a plenary talk on “Integration of neuroimaging, (epi)genomics, networks and biological knowledge”, at the third medical image computing workshop on July 16, 2016, in Guangzhou, China.

May 22, 2016:

Lab reunion at Albuquerque! Four of current and past members (Pascal, Dongdong, Jingyao, Owen and Dr. Wang) had a happy reunion while attending SIAM Imaging Sciences meeting in Albuquerque, NM, on May 22. They also had a productive meeting with collaborators from New Mexico and Nebraska as well as NSF EPSCoR External Advisory Committee chaired by Dr. Peter A. Bandettini of NIH at The Mind Research Network (MRN) on May 26, 2016.

April 26, 2016:

Dr. Wang and four PhD students (Alexej, Jian, Shaolong and Wenxing-all have a mathematics degree) have spent a fun afternoon on mathematical modelling with Dr. Stephen Wolfram, the Creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha & the Wolfram Language and the author of A New Kind of Science.

April 25, 2016:

Shaolong successfully defended his PhD thesis on “Unified Sparse Regression Models for Sequence Variants Association Analysis”. He becomes the 3rd PhD graduated from MBB. Dr. Wang has also been promoted to full professor at Tulane. Congratulations!

Feb. 11, 2016:

We will organize a mini-symposium on “Computational Methods in Multimodal Neuroimaging, Genetics, and Data Modeling” in conjunction with SIAM Imaging Sciences on May 26 in Albuquerque, NM.

Jan. 11, 2016:

Our lab congratulates the successful defense of Jingyao Li, who become a PhD now! We also welcome the new PhD student, Aiying Zhang and Undergraduates of Emily P Nitzberg and Owen Richfield to join the lab.

Nov. 11, 2015:

Dr. Wang was recently interviewed by Tulane student newspaper Hullabaloo on interdisciplinary research. We are particularly looking for undergraduates to engage in our projects. Check here for more information:
Tulane research group part of $5.9 million grant to study adolescent brains

Nov. 7, 2015:

Dr. Wang has had a busy travel in China and USA from Oct. 28-Nov. 6; he was invited to give talks at the following three workshops:

1. Shanghai Mini-Workshop on Computational Intelligence and Bioinformatics, Tongji University, China, Oct. 25-26, 2015.

2. 3rd International Workshop on Medical Imaging in Suzhou University, China, Oct. 29-30, 2015.

3. 15th Annual Red Raider Mini-Symposium at Department of Mathematics and Statistics of Texas Tech University, Nov. 6-7, 2015.

Oct. 14, 2015:

Our research is featured recently by several media reports:
Charlotte observer/News/Article
Tulane researcher gets millions to study adolescent brains and more
Tulane researcher to study adolescent brain development
Tulane researcher delves into the teenaged brain
Theolympian/News/Busineess/Article
Healthitanalytics, Precision medicine begins to shape up with grants collaboration
Tulane researcher gets millions to study adolescent brains, complex diseases

Sept. 10, 2015:

Two lab members, Alexj Gossman and Shaolong Cao both gave a 25 minutes oral presentation at ACM-BCB in Atlanta. In addition, they both received a travel awards from the conference.

Dr. Wang was also on the conference organization committee, chairing the poster session.

Aug. 5, 2015:

We are part of a three-states’ consortium for a major NSF grant on the study of brain dynamics from teens using MRI, MEG and genetic screening in partnership with Mind Research Network and University of Nebraska. See the news release:
NSF invests in interstate collaboration in science and engineering research
UNM researchers begin studying teen brains
Mapping the developing brain: Clinical research series

July 31, 2015:

Dr. Wang was an invited instructor for the 2015 summer school: CCNS: Computational Neuroscience, sponsored by the SAMSI. Check his talk at:
Summer 2015: CCNS: Computational Neuroscience Summer School: July 27-31, 2015