Rafael V. Davalos
Rafael V. Davalos
Medical Devices, Microfluidics, Dielectrophoresis, Electroporation, 3D Printing
“From bench to bedside,” is the motto that embodies my research. My major fields of interest include, organs-on-chip, microfluidics for precision medicine, and cancer therapy. I have received multiple Small Business Innovation Research grants, hold 31 issued or pending patents, and have launched four startup companies.
My research has contributed to saving or prolonging thousands of lives through my ongoing, innovative contributions to cancer detection and treatment technology.
I am the L. Preston Wade Professor in the Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences and the department of biomedical engineering and mechanics. I received my bachelors in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Cornell University and my Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to my career as a professor, I worked as a principal member of the technical staff at Sandia Labs.
I first discovered a passion for this work ...
When I realized I could use my analytical skills to help others.
My work impacts society ...
Through mentoring the next generation of engineers.
I see the future in my field ...
About to explode.
Best part of working at Virginia Tech ...
The supportive community.
Something that excites me in my field ...
Inventing technologies that have impact and helping patients.
Groups or organizations I am involved in ...
American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Honor or award I am most proud of ...
2021 American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Van C. Mow Medal.
Words of encouragement to an aspiring inventor ...
Do not give up. The path can be tortuous but it's worth it.
Article ItemVirginia Tech’s Animal Cancer Care and Research Center opening a grand occasion for region’s pets , article
Accommodating the relocation and expansion of the oncology service from the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Blacksburg, the brand-new Animal Cancer Care and Research Center is a vital part of the Virginia Tech Carilion Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke, Virginia.Date: March 2021
Article ItemBiomedical engineering and mechanics postdoc and students adapt lab spaces and resources to 3D print PPE parts , article
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Anand Vadlamani, a biomedical engineering and mechanics postdoctoral researcher, joined efforts to respond. Working with his peers in the department to collect 3D printers and adapt lab space, Vadlamani took part in a coordinated Virginia Tech effort to produce personal protective equipment.Date: June 2020
Article ItemRafael Davalos named American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering Fellow , article
Davalos was selected for outstanding contributions to the field through his invention of new technologies that make inoperable tumors treatable for thousands of cancer patients.Date: March 2019
Article ItemVirginia Tech researchers attack cancers, Parkinson’s with electrical fields , article
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced funding for Virginia Tech’s research using electrotherapy that attacks brain cancer and tumors aiding the fight against Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.Date: January 2018