About Dr. Davalos

Rafael Davalos, PhD

Rafael V. Davalos, Professor

School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
Virginia Tech – Wake Forest University


  • Ph.D. University of California –Berkeley, CA
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering - 2002
    Major: Bioengineering Minors: Dynamics and BioMEMS
    Advisor: Boris Rubinsky
    Dissertation Title: Real-time imaging for molecular medicine through electrical impedance tomography of electroporation
  • M.S. University of California Berkeley, CA
    Department of Mechanical Engineering - 1995
  • B.S. Cornell University Ithaca, NY
    Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering - 1994


  • In vitro and in vivo applications of electroporation, biotransport, cellular engineering microsystems, bioheat transfer, bioMEMS, dielectrophoresis, cancer detection and treatment


  • Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University, Blacksburg, VA
    Professor: School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, 2006-present
  • Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA
  • Principal Member of Technical Staff: Microsystems and Advanced Concepts Engineering, 2006-2007
  • Senior Member of Technical Staff: Microsystems Design and Integration, 2005 - 2006
  • Senior Member of Technical Staff: National Security Engineering, 03-05
  • Senior Member of Technical Staff: Exploratory Systems Technology Division, 1999-2000
  • Member of Technical Staff: Advanced Weapons Systems Division, 1995-1999


  • Biomedical Microdevices: Creation and instruction of graduate course, 2007-present
  • Quantitative Physiology: Co-instructing core graduate course in biomedical engineering, 2007-present
  • Transport Processes in Biological Systems: Undergraduate course in biological transport, 10-present
  • Senior Design Course: Mentoring students to design a platform for organ scaffolds, 2010-present
  • Engineering Mathematics: Creating a cross-disciplinary course for first year graduate students, 2011

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PI: Rafael V. Davalos, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty Fellow

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