Prestigious Fellowship Awarded

James Choi, who is currently working as a post-doctoral Research Assistant at the Department of Engineering Science Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME), has successfully achieved the prestigious Frederick V. Hunt Post-Doctoral Fellowship of the Acoustical Society of America for 2011-2012.

James ChoiThe F.V. Hunt Post-Doctoral Fellowship was established by the Acoustical Society of America to carry out Professor Hunt's wish that his estate be used to further the science of, and education in acoustics. This is given annually to a single researcher worldwide to carry out adventurous research in novel applications of acoustics.

It was this award that launched Professor Constantin Coussios’s academic career. Professor Coussios, who is James’s supervisor, said: “James’s Fellowship is a significant accolade for the Department and the IBME as these are only awarded for individuals to spend a year at world-leading institutions that will significantly contribute to their training. The award is rarely given for an individual to carry out research outside the USA”.

James Choi has a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University, USA, and was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan at the College of Engineering where he gained his BSc in Computer Engineering. In his role as Research Assistant at IBME, which runs from July 2010 to June 2011, James has been focussing on non-invasive and localised drug delivery using ultrasound and microbubbles.

The F.V. Hunt Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which will cover his salary and travel expenses, will enable James to advance research in spatio-temporal monitoring and control of acoustically-stimulated microbubble activity for enhanced drug delivery. Longer term, James wishes to take up a research professorship.

Of his interest in biomedical engineering James said: “I am honoured to have received the Hunt Fellowship and am eager to start the research that I have proposed to do. Enhanced drug delivery using focused ultrasound is an emerging field that has the potential to treat a range of diseases, and I hope to be a part of its clinical realisation."