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Damir B KhismatullinDamir B. Khismatullin, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Tulane Cancer Center Contributing Member

Contact Information

Phone: 504-247-1587
Address: Lindy Boggs Center, Room 523, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70118

Biographical Narrative

Dr. Khismatullin's laboratory at Tulane Biomedical Engineering (Cellular Biomechanics and Biotransport Laboratory) studies the mechanical and adhesive properties of human cells and tissues and uses a combination of advanced experimental techniques and mechanistic models to develop novel, optimized approaches for treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease. His current focus is on the development of the ablation therapy for late-stage liver and kidney cancers. His research is interdisciplinary and involves collaboration with researchers and clinicians from leading research institutes and hospitals.

Dr. Khismatullin received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Bashkir State University (Ufa, Russia) in 1994 and 1998, respectively. He came to the United States in 2000 as a NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow and developed his career in biomedical sciences working as a research faculty member at Boston University, Virginia Tech, and Duke University. He joined Tulane University as associate professor of biomedical engineering in the summer of 2008. His previous projects and expertise includes contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging and other biomedical applications of gas microbubbles, leukocyte-endothelial cell interactions in inflammation, and biorheology.

Selected Publications
C. Chen, Y. Liu, S. Maruvada, M. Myers, and D.B. Khismatullin, "Effect of ethanol injection on cavitation and heating of tissues exposed to high intensity focused ultrasound," Phys Med Biol. 2012 Feb 21;57(4):937-61. Epub 2012 Jan 31.

D.B. Khismatullin, "The cytoskeleton and deformability of white blood cells," in Klaus Ley (Ed.), "Current Topics in Membrane. Vol. 64. Leukocyte adhesion", Burlington: Elsevier/Academic Press, pp. 47-111 (2009).

D.B. Khismatullin and G.A. Truskey, "Three-dimensional numerical simulation of receptor-mediated leukocyte adhesion to surfaces: Effects of cell deformability and viscoelasticity," Phys. Fluids 17, 031505 (2005).

D.B. Khismatullin, "Resonance frequency of microbubbles: Effect of viscosity," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 116 (3), 1463 – 1473 (2004).

D.B. Khismatullin, "Gas microbubbles and their use in medicine," in A. Doinikov (Ed.), Bubble and Particle Dynamics in Acoustic Fields: Modern Trends and Applications (Research Signpost, Kerala, India), pp. 231 – 289 (2005).


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