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Prof Dr. David Espindola, Ultrasound, Best Researcher Award

Doctorate at University of O’Higgins, Chile

Prof. Dr. David Espindola is a distinguished researcher and academic known for his expertise in ultrasonics, physics, and biomedical engineering. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, where his research focused on advanced topics in acoustic wave propagation. With a rich academic background, he has served as a Research Assistant Professor at the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, contributing significantly to the field of nonlinear propagation of shear waves in tissue. His international experience includes postdoctoral research in France, specializing in numerical simulations of acoustic propagation in skin.

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đź“š Education:

Ph.D. in Physics (2008–2012):

  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • Focus: Physics
  • Awarded a Doctorate in Physics after completing research and coursework.

Bachelor in Applied Physics (2004–2007):

  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile.
  • Focus: Applied Physics
  • Achieved a Bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Applied Physics.

Research Experience:

2017 – 2019: Research Assistant Professor at the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and North Carolina State University (NCSU), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.

2015 – 2017: Post-Doc Research Associate at the same Joint Department, conducting experimental and numerical research on the nonlinear propagation of shear waves in tissue under the supervision of Dr. Gianmarco Pinton.

2013 – 2014: Postdoctorate at Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Paris, France. Conducted numerical simulations of acoustic propagation in skin under the supervision of Dr. François Coulouvrat and Dr. Gianmarco Pinton.

2012 – 2013: Postdoctorate at Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, involving theoretical and experimental studies of nonlinear effects in the propagation of elastic waves and their impact on dislocation density in collaboration with Dr. Fernando Lund and Dr. Nicolas Mujica.

Teaching Experience:

2013: Lecturer at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, teaching a course on Analysis of Digital Images.

2010 – 2012: Lecturer at Universidad de Santiago de Chile, focusing on Experimental Techniques for the Physics Engineering program.

2009 – 2010: Lecturer at Universidad Central, Santiago, Chile, teaching Physics Laboratory.

Industry Experience:

Feb. – Jun. 2011: Physicist at IM2 Codelco, Santiago, Chile. Involved in software development for the automatic detection of large metals buried in rubble using georadar imaging, GPR, and GEM-3D.

Professional Services and Leadership:

2022 – 2023: First Director and founder of the first Ph.D. program at the University of O’Higgins, specializing in Bioengineering Sciences, Chile.

2022 – Present: Chair of the Evaluation Group in Physics for Fondecyt, Chile (the main funding agency in Chile).

2021 – Present: Member of the Evaluation Group in Physics for Fondecyt, Chile.

2021: Group Chair at the 2021 IEEE Latin America Ultrasonics Symposium (LAUS).

Honors and Awards:

2013: Awarded the “Beca Chile CONICYT de postdoctorado en el extranjero,” a prestigious scholarship facilitating a postdoctoral research opportunity abroad. This scholarship enabled him to pursue research at the Institut Jean le Rond d’Alembert, UniversitĂ© Pierre et Marie CURIE (Paris VI), Paris, France.

2010: Granted the “Doctoral mobility program” from the French embassy in Chile. Recognized with a substantial award of 35,000 EUR to support a research stage at the ENS in Lyon, France.

2008: Received the “Beca CONICYT de doctorado nacional,” a highly prestigious scholarship aimed at pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Chile. This scholarship is considered one of the most esteemed scholarships in Chile.

Research Interests:

Ultrasound Localization Microscopy:

  • Investigating techniques and applications for achieving high-resolution ultrasound localization microscopy, contributing to advancements in imaging at the microscale.

Ultrasonic Imaging and Elastography:

  • Exploring methods and technologies for ultrasonic imaging and elastography, with a focus on understanding tissue mechanical properties for medical and industrial applications.

Nonlinear Elasticity:

  • Researching nonlinear elastic behavior in materials, with a particular emphasis on understanding how materials respond to stress and strain beyond linear elastic limits.

Ultrasound Propagation and Mechanical Properties of Soft Matter:

  • Studying the propagation of ultrasound waves in soft materials and linking the observed ultrasound characteristics to the mechanical properties of these materials.

Ultrasound Propagation Through Granular Materials:

  • Investigating the behavior of ultrasound waves as they propagate through granular materials, contributing to the understanding of the acoustic properties of such materials.

Non-Destructive Testing in Complex Materials:

  • Developing and applying non-destructive testing techniques to evaluate the integrity and properties of complex materials, ensuring reliability and safety in various applications.

Mechanical Tests in Complex Materials:

  • Conducting mechanical tests, including creep, uni-axial, and tri-axial tests, to analyze the mechanical behavior and performance of complex materials under different loading conditions.

Publications (TOP NOTES):

“Flash focus ultrasonic images sequences for shear shock wave observation in the brain”

  • Authors: D Espindola, G Pinton
  • Journal: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Volume 141 (5_Supplement), 2017
  • Citation Count: 5

“Creep of sound paths in consolidated granular material detected through coda wave interferometry”

  • Authors: D EspĂ­ndola, B Galaz, F Melo
  • Journal: Physical Review E, Volume 94 (1), 2016
  • Citation Count: 4

“Comparison of localization methods in super-resolution imaging”

  • Authors: A Xavier, G Pinton, D EspĂ­ndola
  • Conference: 2021 IEEE UFFC Latin America Ultrasonics Symposium (LAUS)
  • Citation Count: 3

“Characterization of Direct Localization Algorithms for Ultrasound Super-Resolution Imaging in a Multibubble Environment: A Numerical and Experimental Study”

  • Authors: A Xavier, H AlarcĂłn, D EspĂ­ndola
  • Journal: IEEE Access, Volume 10, 2022
  • Citation Count: 2

“Adaptive multifocus beamforming ultrasound methods and systems for improved penetration and target sensitivity at high frame-rates”

  • Authors: GF Pinton, PA Dayton, DAE ROJAS, LIN Fanglue
  • Patent: US Patent App. 16/608,406
  • Citation Count: 2
David Espindola | Ultrasound | Best Researcher Award

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