Wawrzyniec Dobrucki

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Wawrzyniec  Dobrucki
Wawrzyniec Dobrucki

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Education

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Ohio University, Athens, OH (2003)
  • M.Sc. in Bioengineering, Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland (1997)
  • B.S. in Bioengineering, Technical University of Hamburg, Germany (1997)

Biography

Wawrzyniec Lawrence Dobrucki is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds faculty position at Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. He directs the Experimental Molecular Imaging Laboratory (EMIL).

His expertise is in molecular multimodality imaging, and his fields of professional interests include development of novel targeted microSPECT/PET-CT imaging strategies to assess myocardial and peripheral angiogenesis in animal models of disease including diabetes, standardization of small animal imaging protocols, and development and validation of novel SPECT/PET radiotracers and CT contrast agents.

Prof. Dobrucki received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Ohio University, Athens, OH in 2003, and M.Sc. degree in Bioengineering from Technical University of Wroclaw, Poland and Technical University of Hamburg, Germany. Prior to joining the Department of Bioengineering as tenure-track faculty in 2013, Prof. Dobrucki was a junior faculty member at Yale University School of Medicine and Senior Research Scientist at Beckman Institute where he directed the Molecular Imaging Laboratory (MIL) in the Biomedical Imaging Center (BIC).

Academic Positions

  • 2013 - present Assistant Professor (100%), Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • 2013 - present full faculty (0%), Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • 2010 - 2013 Senior Research Scientist, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • 2010 - 2013 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • 2009 - 2010 Associate Research Scientist, Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • 2002 - 2003 Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Resident Instruction

  • 2016 - present BIOE-572 Biological Measurement II (module lecturer)
  • 2013 - present BIOE-498/598 Preclinical Molecular Imaging (course director and lecturer)
  • 2013 - present BIOE-414 Biomedical Instrumentation (course director and lecturer)
  • 2011 - present NPRE-435 Principles of Imaging with Ionizing Radiation (laboratory)
  • 2011 - present BIOE-507 Advanced Bioinstrumentation (invited lecturer)
  • 2010 - present BIOE-436 Senior Design (faculty sponsor)
  • 2010 - present BIOE-120 Introduction to Bioengineering (invited lecturer)

Research Interests

  • PET, SPECT, X-ray CT, molecular imaging, image analysis, multimodal imaging probes
  • The combination of different imaging modalities and technologies for mapping biomolecular and biological processes within single cell or whole organs has an extraordinary potential for revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of pathophysiological disorders, and thus for mitigating the significant social and economic costs associated with the clinical management of diseases. The focus of Dr. Dobrucki’s research is to develop such integrated imaging approaches to noninvasively monitor and track physiologic processes including cancer progression, peripheral and myocardial angiogenesis, and vascular remodeling using functional and anatomical imaging modalities including SPECT/PET, optical imaging and X-ray CT, respectively. Such imaging strategies will eventually lead to individualized programs for disease prevention through advanced diagnosis, risk stratification and targeted cell therapies resulting in more successful and efficient health care.

Books Authored or Co-Authored (Original Editions)

  • Kalinowska, A. and L. W. Dobrucki (2016). “Imaging of Cardiovascular Disease”. In: Handbook of Small An- imal Imaging: Preclinical Imaging, Therapy, and Applications. Ed. by G. Kagadis, N. Ford, G. Loudos, and D. Karnabatidis. Taylor and Francis Books, Inc., pp.523–545.
  • Dobrucki, L. W. (2016). “Small Animal Imaging and Therapy: How They Affect Patient Care”. In: Handbook of Small Animal Imaging: Preclinical Imaging, Therapy, and Applications. Ed. by G. Kagadis, N. Ford, G. Loudos, and D. Karnabatidis. Taylor and Francis Books, Inc., pp.449–458
  • Dobrucki, L. W. (2016). “Imaging Angiogenesis”. In: Handbook of Small Animal Imaging: Preclinical Imaging, Therapy, and Applications. Ed. by G. Kagadis, N. Ford, G. Loudos, and D. Karnabatidis. Taylor and Francis Books, Inc., pp.545–564.
  • Sinusas, A. J. and L. W. Dobrucki (2007). “Imaging of Angiogenesis”. In: Cardiovascular Molecular Imaging. Ed. by R. J. Gropler, D. K. Glover, and A. J. Sinusas. Informa Healthcare, pp.233–250.
  • Dobrucki, L. W. and A. J. Sinusas (2007). “Imaging of angiogenesis”. In: Cardiac PET and PET/CT Imaging. Ed. by M. DiCarli and M. Lipton. Springer Science, pp.394–411

Journal Editorships

  • 2014 - present Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions in Medical Imaging (IEEE-TMI)
  • 2010 – present Associate Editorial Board, American Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (AJNMMI)

Service on Department Committees

  • 2015 - present Diversity Advocate
  • 2015 - present BioE Graduate Admission Committee, Chair
  • 2014 - present BioE Faculty Search Committee, Member
  • 2014 - present BioE Executive Committee, Elected Member

Service on College Committees

  • 2015 - present CoE Growth Task Force, Graduate Education and Research, Member
  • 2013 - present IT Governance Committee, Member

Service on Campus Committees

  • 2015 - present University of Illinois Senate, Elected Senator
  • 2011 - present Radiation and Laser Safety Committee, Member

Courses Taught

  • BIOE 414 - Biomedical Instrumentation
  • BIOE 497 - Individual Study
  • BIOE 498 - Preclinical Molecular Imaging
  • BIOE 571 - Biological Measurement I
  • BIOE 572 - Biological Measurement II
  • BIOE 598 - Preclinical Molecular Imaging
  • ECE 414 - Biomedical Instrumentation