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Image-Guided Histotripsy System for Complete, Uniform, and Non-Invasive Ablation of Heterogeneous Osteosarcoma Tumors

Principal Investigator:
Eli Vlaisavljevich
Associate Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
College of Engineering

Total Anticipated:

National Cancer Institute

Eli Vlaisavljevich in the lab.


The university has invested in major research initiatives, bringing together diverse expertise that transcends traditional discipline boundaries. In partnership with industry, government, and foundations, these focus areas address emerging challenges and opportunities that seek to improve the human condition and create a better world for all. 

These strategically focused areas are Virginia Tech Research Frontiers.

Kaveh Akbari Hamed Lab Robots.

The Artificial Intelligence Frontier

Harnessing artificial intelligence for intelligence augmentation

Building on expertise in artificial intelligence and data science, systems engineering, neuroscience, human factors, robotics, immersive visualization, and education, among others, to accelerate human-technology partnerships toward seamless augmentation, ethically and sustainably.

A researcher in a lab working with plants.

The Health Frontier

Leading one health to achieve whole health

Changing the focus on disease and symptoms to one of whole health, integrating intersections of animal, environment, and human health and building in communities and systems to empower multifaceted well-being.

A man flying a drone in a field.

The Security Frontier

Innovating for secure and resilient communities

Ensuring communities are prepared to face global threats, from climate change to cybersecurity to national defense through advances in preparation, defense, mitigation, and recovery.

A group of researchers having discussion at a whiteboard.

The Quantum Frontier

Advancing the quantum leap

Using an unparalleled transdisciplinary focus to accelerate the integration of quantum technologies across society, realizing unprecedented computing and communication capabilities and restructuring our social framework.



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Virginia Tech’s FOCUS ON RESEARCH newsletter explores how student and faculty researchers are addressing emerging challenges that seek to improve the human condition and create a better world for all. 

Latest Issue

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In its latest installment, FOCUS ON RESEARCH takes a detailed look at the many accomplishments, continued growth, and selected highlights of the Virginia Tech research and innovation enterprise in 2023.


$419M in sponsored research expenditures in FY23.
Ranked Top 6% in Nation for Research Expenditures
142 new invention disclosures


CNN Earth’s magnetic field almost collapsed 591 million years ago. It may have allowed complex life to thrive - Traditionally, the rise in oxygen during this time has been attributed to photosynthetic organisms such as cyanobacteria, which produced oxygen, allowing it to build up in the water steadily over time, explained study coauthor Shuhai Xiao, a professor of geobiology at Virginia Tech.

NBC News AI image misinformation has surged, Google researchers find - Cayce Myers, a public relations professor and graduate studies director at Virginia Tech’s School of Communication, said context manipulations can be even harder to detect than AI-generated images because they already look authentic. “In that sense, that’s a much more insidious problem,” Myers, who reviewed the recent findings prior to being interviewed, said.

Fox Business - Why AI Accuracy is Crucial for Road Safety - Fortunately, research institutions are beginning to conduct benchmarking studies to help companies choose providers that can back up their claims. For example, studies by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Strategy Analytics show that the Motive AI Dashcam successfully alerts drivers and managers to unsafe driving behavior 3-4x more than competitors.

Associated Press Ship that struck Baltimore bridge had 4 blackouts before disaster. Here’s what we know - Stefano Brizzolara, a professor of ocean engineering at Virginia Tech, pointed out that the crew switched to a configuration that hadn’t been used for several months, describing it as like putting on a pair of shoes that you haven’t worn in a long time that have become “hard and stiff.” “Every time you switch to electrical components that are not normally used, the risk of failure increases a little bit,” he said.

Business Insider The best senior dog food in 2024, with advice from veterinarians - Wet dog food has a higher moisture content, typically 75% to 78%, whereas dry dog food contains only about 10% to 12% moisture. This is a perk for pups prone to dehydration or ones with reduced kidney function, which is common in older dogs, says Dr. Mark Freeman, a veterinarian and assistant professor of community practice at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine.