Protein Electrodynamics & Terahertz Medicine

#Bioelectromagnetics #Terahertz

Starting with an overview of the rapidly advancing field of bioelectromagnetics, this seminar shares specific results concerning protein electrodynamics and terahertz medicine. In particular, it is well known that proteins exhibit dynamic behavior with their normal modes specifically vibrating at terahertz frequencies. These motions are essential to protein function and because these macromolecules are charged the existence of such vibrations suggests the possibility of specific interaction with electromagnetic radiation in the terahertz band. Experiments identifying specific absorption of terahertz radiation by myoglobin and hemoglobin suggest that these protein spectroscopic signatures can serve as the basis of a novel form of molecular medical imaging; likewise, electromagnetic modulation of such motions may underlie emerging forms of therapy. Collaborative studies now underway, including THz imaging of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease tissues will also be highlighted as well as surface-plasmon enhanced detection of protein THz spectroscopic signatures. Applications to novel approaches to diagnosing, preventing and treating viral infections, including that of Covid-19, along with implications for electronics-based (CMOS) THz sources will also be addressed.

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  • Date: 10 Dec 2021
  • Time: 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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  • Co-sponsored by STARaCom, IEEE section Montréal
  • Starts 25 November 2021 02:13 PM
  • Ends 10 December 2021 02:13 PM
  • All times are (GMT-05:00) Canada/Eastern
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Ogan Gurel, MD Ogan Gurel, MD


Dr. Ogan Gurel is Chief Science Officer for FLITE Material Sciences (USA/Canada) with previous academic appointments as a Visiting Professor at the Solbridge International School of Business, Vice-Chair & Distinguished Invited Professor in the Management of Innovation program at DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science & Technology) and Honorary Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In the innovation world, he has also served as an Advisor for the CREST-Malaysia Digital Health Cluster, a Venture Partner at The Yozma Group, as well as previous executive roles as Chief Science Officer for Chief Marketing Officer for Eidware / SoundMind (Seoul), Chief Scientific Officer for FRT – Field Robot Technology, CEO at NovumWaves (Seoul), Acting Chief Medical Officer at Nessa Hearing (Singapore), and Advisor at Frasen (Seoul). Ogan served over four years as a Director in the CTO office (MOT & Open Innovation groups) at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) and prior to that was VP & Medical Director at Sg2, a leading U.S.-based healthcare consultancy and an Associate at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Dr. Gurel's over 35 years of experience spans multiple sectors: biomedical science, clinical medicine, strategy consulting, marketing, business development, executive management, marketing, and R&D management, with domain expertise in medical devices, digital healthcare, healthcare IT, molecular biophysics, and medical imaging. Prior to surgical training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Gurel obtained an MD degree Alpha Omega Alpha from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, also doing graduate work in structural biology (M.Phil degree) and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemical Sciences cum laude from Harvard College working with Prof. Martin Karplus (Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2013). Authoring 15 peer-reviewed scholarly papers and book chapters (as well as a novel, Waves), presenting nearly 200 conference proceedings, and co-inventor on ten patent applications (four granted), Dr. Gurel has also given invited keynote addresses and other speeches at scientific and business conferences and seminars worldwide. He has taught the mini-MD, a comprehensive overview of medicine for healthcare professionals for the past decade in locations worldwide, including South Korea, the United States, Italy, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.