Josette El Zaklit

Josette El Zaklit

Josette El Zaklit

Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. El Zaklit earned her B.S. (2005) in Biomedical Engineering from Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Beyrouth (ESIB), Lebanon, her M.S. (2007) in Engineering of Medical and Biotechnological Data from Ecole Centrale Paris (ECP), France, and her Ph.D. (2016) in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. Through her education and several internships, Dr. El Zaklit acquired a strong background and experience in both engineering and medical science. Her master's degree work focused on the fundamental basis in medical biology, biomedical imaging, bioinformatics and biotechnology. After graduating, Dr. El Zaklit worked as a Service Engineer and Technical Manager for INTERLAB before joining the University of Nevada, Reno in 2008.

During her Ph.D., she had the opportunity to be involved in several interdisciplinary research projects in the College of Engineering and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. El Zaklit's doctoral work focused on studying the effect of high intensity, nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEF) on neural-type cells using a combination of numerical modeling and experimental approaches. Her research was part of a larger project that the research group is working on, namely understanding the mechanism(s) by which a single 5-ns, 5-6 MV/m electric pulse causes the release of catecholamines from adrenal chromaffin cells, a model of neural-type/neurosecretory cells, in a manner that mimics the action of a normal physiological stimulus that evokes catecholamine release in vivo. Part of Dr. El Zaklit's Ph.D. work was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM2015), Asilomar, CA, June 14-19, 2015, during which Dr. El Zaklit won the second place platform presentation student award.

Dr. El Zaklit had the opportunity to teach and be the primary instructor for an undergraduate engineering course at UNR for six consecutive semesters. She also was involved in training undergraduate and graduate students working in the pharmacology laboratory.

Education
  • Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Nevada, Reno, NV, USA, 2016
  • M.S., Medical Imaging and Biotechnology, Ecole Centrale Paris, France, 2007
  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Beyrouth, Lebanon, 2005

Prospective graduate students

Ph.D. position available for students with the following background: electrical and/or biomedical engineering, biology, neurobiology, biochemistry. Please send your CV, a brief explanation of your interests and the contact information for three references to jelzaklit@unr.edu.

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Research honors and awards

  • Second Place Platform Presentation Student Award Winner in the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM 2015), Asilomar, CA, June 14 to 19, 2015.
  • T. J. Tarn Best Paper Award in the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics.

Research interests

  • Numerical cell modeling
  • Bioelectrics
  • Bioelectromagnetics
  • Electroporation
  • Excitable cells

Invited speaker

  • Third World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine and Environmental Technologies (2019), Toulouse, France, September 3
  • 3rd Annual Neuro Symposium, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), April 6, 2019
  • Perry Initiative 2018: Perry Outreach Program for female High School students interested in engineering and orthopedics (collaboration between UNR School of Medicine and Perry Initiative Program), November 2018
  • Neuro Journal Club, University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), March 1, 2018

Courses taught

  • BME 401/601 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 401/601 Measurements in Living Systems
  • BME 431/631 Introduction to Bioelectricity
  • EE 220 Circuits I
  • CEE 389 Probability and Statistics for Civil Engineers

Selected publications

  • Zaklit J, Craviso GL, Leblanc N, Vernier PT, Sözer EB. Bipolar cancellation of Ca2+ influx in chromaffin cells exposed to 2 ns electric pulses disappears with ultrashort inter-pulse intervals. In preparation
  • Zaklit J, Chatterjee I, Leblanc N, Craviso GL. Ultrashort Nanosecond Electric Pulses Evoke Heterogeneous Patterns of Ca2+ Release from the Endoplasmic Reticulum of Adrenal Chromaffin Cells. BBA Biomembranes, in press.
  • Sabuncu AC, Stacey M, Craviso GL, Semenova N, Vernier PT, Leblanc N, Chatterjee I, Zaklit J. Dielectric properties of isolated adrenal chromaffin cells determined by microfluidic impedance spectroscopy. Bioelectrochemistry, 119: 84-91, 2018
  • Zaklit J, Craviso GL, Leblanc N, Yang L, Vernier PT, Chatterjee I. Adrenal chromaffin cells exposed to 5-ns pulses require higher electric fields to porate intracellular membranes than the plasma membrane: an experimental and modeling study. J. Membr. Biol., 250: 535-552, 2017
  • Yoon J, Leblanc N, Zaklit J, Vernier PT, Chatterjee I, Craviso GL. Enhanced monitoring of nanosecond electric pulse-evoked membrane conductance in whole-cell patch clamp experiments. J. Membr. Biol. 249:633-644, 2016

Selected conference proceedings

  • Zaklit J, Craviso GL, Leblanc N, Vernier PT, Sözer EB. Ca2+ influx in chromaffin cells exposed to 2-ns electric pulses can be modulated within nanoseconds by an electric field reversal. Submitted to the Third World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine and Environmental Technologies (2019), Toulouse, France, September 3
  • Zaklit J, Aoun R, Leblanc N, Craviso GL. Real-time fluorescence monitoring of exocytosis in adrenal chromaffin cells exposed to nanosecond duration electric pulses. Submitted to the Third World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine and Environmental Technologies (2019), Toulouse, France, September 3
  • Zaklit J, Craviso GL, Leblanc N, Vernier PT, Sözer EB. Electrostimulation of adrenal chromaffin cells by 2 ns electric pulses can be modulated by an electric field reversal. Submitted to the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM 2019), Montpellier, France, June 23
  • Zaklit J, Chatterjee I, Leblanc N, Craviso GL. High intensity, 5 ns electric pulses mobilize Ca2+ from two ER stores in adrenal chromaffin cells. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES 2018), Atlanta, GA, October 17
  • Zabaleta GA, Craviso GL, Leblanc N, Zaklit J, Neufeld E, Chatterjee I. Advanced adrenal chromaffin cell model for studying the interaction of high intensity electric fields with membranes of secretory granules. Second World Congress on Electroporation and Pulsed Electric Fields in Biology, Medicine and Environmental Technologies (2017), Norfolk, VA, September 24
  • Zaklit J, Craviso GL, Leblanc N, Terhune R, Chatterjee I. Numerical modeling of intracellular adrenal chromaffin cell responses to high intensity 5-ns electric pulses. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM 2016), Ghent, Belgium, June 5
  • Zaklit J, Yoon J, Chatterjee I, Evans E, Vernier PT, Leblanc N, Craviso GL. Ca2+ release from internal stores of adrenal chromaffin cells is not evoked by 5 ns electric pulses. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM 2015), Asilomar, CA, June 14
  • Yoon J, Zaklit J, Chatterjee I, Vernier PT, Semenova N, Leblanc N, Craviso GL. Transient versus sustained Ca2+ responses evoked in chromaffin cells by 5 ns pulses: pulse delivery considerations. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM 2015), Asilomar, CA, June 14
  • Castello P, Zaklit J, Usselman R, Martino CF. Modulation of cellular and mitochondrial reactive oxygen species by magnetic fields. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society (BioEM 2013), Thessaloniki, Greece, June 14
  • Luo Y, Shen Y, Cordero J, Zaklit J. Enhancing measurement accuracy of position sensitive detector (PSD) systems using the Kalman filter and distortion rectifying. IEEE Conference on Sensors (SENSORS 2013), Baltimore, MD, November 3
  • Shen Y, Wang Y, Zaklit J. Development of an optical surface characterization sensor for simultaneously measuring both 3-D surface texture and mechanical properties. IEEE Conference on Sensors (SENSORS 2010), Kona, HI, November 1
  • Zaklit J, Wang Y, Shen Y, Xi N. Quantitatively characterizing automotive interior surfaces using an optical TIR-based texture sensor. IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2009), Guilin, China, December 19