Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan Honored at Academy Speaks Reception

Published: May 06, 2013

Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan Honored at Academy Speaks Reception

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Academy Speaks reception was held Friday, May 3, in the Harte Research Institute, room 127.  The reception recognized faculty and staff who made scholarly contributions to their fields in 2012. This year's recipient of the 2012-2013 Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activity Award was Dr. Magesh Thiyagarajan, Assistant Professor of the Engineering Technical Program, who has developed a state-of-the-art plasma research program.

“It is a great honor to receive this award,” said Thiyagarajan. “I would like to share this award with everyone in my research group.”

Thiyagarajan and his team focus on researching cold plasma technologies for biomedical applications. One of the most exciting findings of Thiyagarajan’s team is how cold plasma causes cancer cells to die naturally in a laboratory setting.  Clinical trials will determine if this application can translate to a future cure for cancer.  Thiyagarajan’s research also discovered that cold plasma accelerates wound healing, sterilizes surgical instruments in a matter of seconds, and kills bacteria on food.  

A collection of the 2012 Faculty Publications is on display for the campus community to view in the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, on the second floor, through Tuesday, May 7.