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Publications by Year
(* = graduate student in Dr. V's lab; ** = undergraduate student in Dr. V's lab; ​+ = corresponding author; ‡ = equal contribution)

2018

25. O’Brien CM, Vargis E, Rudin A, Slaughter JC, Herington JL, Newton JM, Reese J, Bennett KA, A Mahadevan Jansen+. In vivo Raman spectroscopy for biochemical monitoring of the cervix throughout pregnancy. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 218: (5) 528.e1-528.e18 html

2017

24. Bani-Baker Q, Podgorski GJ, Vargis E, NS Flann+. A Computational Study of VEGF Production by Patterned Retinal Epithelial Cell Colonies as a Model for Neovascular Macular Degeneration. Journal of Biological Engineering 11: (1), 26 html

23. Farjood F* and E. Vargis+. Physical Disruption of Cell-Cell Contact Induces VEGF Expression in RPE Cells. Molecular Vision 23: 431-446 html

22. Davis D, Doloman A, Podgorski GJ, Vargis E, NS Flann+. Exploiting Self-Organization in Bioengineered Systems: A Computational Approach. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology 5: (27) html

21. ​Hanson C* and E Vargis+. Alternative cDEP Design to Facilitate Cell Isolation for Identification by Raman Spectroscopy. Sensors, 17: (2), 327 doi:10.3390/s17020327 html

2016

20. Hanson C*, Sieverts M**, E Vargis+. Effect of PCA centering and scaling on classification of mycobacteria from Raman spectra. Applied Spectroscopy, 71: (6), 1249-1255 pdf

19. Hanson C*, Israelsen ND*, Sieverts M**, E Vargis+. Fabricating a UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy immunoassay platform. Journal of Visualized Experiments117: e54795 html

18. Fronk A* and E Vargis+. Methods for Culturing Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells: a Review of Current Protocols and Future Recommendations. Journal of Tissue Engineering, 7: 1-23 html

17. ​Israelsen ND*, Wooley D**, Hanson C*, E Vargis+. Rational Design of a Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Immunoassay for Detecting Biomarkers on a Polystyrene Substrate. Journal of Biological Engineering, 10: (2) html
     One of the top three most influential articles from JBE in 2015

2015

16. Li Q, Lifu X, Harihar S, Welch DR, Vargis E, A Zhou+. In vitro Biophysical, Microspectroscopic and Cytotoxic Evaluation of Metastatic and Non-metastatic Cancer Cells in Response to Anti-cancer Drug. Analytical Methods 7: 10162-10169 link

15. Baker QB, Podgorski GJ, Johnson CD, Vargis E, NS Flann+. Bridging the Multiscale Gap: Identifying Cellular Parameters from Multicellular Data. IEEE Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (CIBCB) pdf

14. Hanson C* and E Vargis+. Microscopy and Raman Imaging: Open-system Raman Microscopy. Laser Focus World html

13. Israelsen ND*‡, Hanson C*‡, E Vargis+. Nanoparticle Properties and Synthesis Effects on Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Enhancement Factor: an Introduction. The Scientific World Journal 2015: Article ID 124582, 12 pages html

2014

12. O’Brien CM‡, Vargis E‡, Paria BC, Bennett KA, Mahadevan-Jansen A, J Reese+. Raman Spectroscopy Provides a Noninvasive Approach for Determining Biochemical Composition of the Pregnant Cervix In Vivo. Acta Paediatrica, 103: (7), 715-721 pdf

11. Vargis E, Peterson CB, Morrell-Falvey J, Retterer ST+, CP Collier+. The Effect of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Patch Size on Growth Factor Expression. Biomaterials, 35: (13), 3999-4004 pdf

2013

10. Pence IJ, Vargis E, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Assessing Variability of In Vivo Tissue Raman Spectra. Applied Spectroscopy, 67: (7), 789-800 html

Prior to joining USU...

9. Vargis E, Brown N, Williams KC, Paria BC, Al-Hendy A, Reese J, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Detecting Biochemical Changes that Occur in the Rodent Cervix during Pregnancy using Raman Spectroscopy. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 40: (8), 1814-1824, 2012 html

8. Vargis E, Tang Y-W, Khabele D, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Near-Infrared Raman Microspectroscopy Detects High-Risk Human Papillomaviruses. Translational Oncology, 5: (3), 172-179, 2012 pdf

7. Vargis E, Byrd T, Logan Q, Khabele D, A Mahadevan-Jansen +. Sensitivity of Raman Spectroscopy to Normal Patient Variability. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 16: (11), 117004-1-9, 2011 html

6. Keller MD, Vargis E, Granja ND, Robert TH, Mycek MA, Kelley MC, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Development of a Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy Probe for Breast Tumor Surgical Margin Evaluation. Journal of Biomedical Optics, 16: (7), 077006-1-8, 2011 pdf

5. Vargis E, Kanter EM, Majumder S, Keller MD, Beaven RB, Rao GG, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Effect of Normal Variations on Classification of Raman Spectra of Cervical Tissue. Analyst, 136: (14), 2981-2987, 2011 pdf

4. Perez JW, Vargis E, Russ PK, Haselton FR, DW Wright+. Detection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Using Nanoparticle Amplified Immuno-PCR. Analytical Biochemistry, 410: (1), 141-148, 2011 pdf

3. Kanter EM, Vargis E, Majumder S, Keller MD, Beaven RB, Rao GG, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Application of Raman spectroscopy for Cervical Dysplasia Diagnosis. Journal of Biophotonics, 2: (1-2), 81-90, 2009 pdf

2. Kanter EM, Majumder S, Vargis E, Robichaux-Viehoever A, Kanter G, Shappell H, III Jones H, A Mahadevan-Jansen+. Multiclass Discrimination of Cervical Precancers using Raman Spectroscopy. Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 40: (2), 205-211, 2009 pdf

1. Shyamala G+, Chou Y-C, Cardiff RD, E Vargis. Effect of c-neu/ErbB2 Expression Levels on Estrogen Receptor alpha-Dependent Proliferation in Mammary Epithelial Cells: Implication for Breast Cancer Biology. Cancer Research, 66: (21), 10391-10398, 2006 pdf


Conference Podium Talks (since joining USU)

Farjood F* and E Vargis. Isolation Affects VEGF Expression in Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells. Institute of Biological Engineering. April 2016

Hanson C* and E Vargis. The Use of Microfluidics and Dielectrophoresis for Separation, Concentration, and Identification of Bacteria. SPIE Photonics West: Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIV. February 2016 

Israelsen ND* and E Vargis. Raman Microscope System for the Detection of B-cell Malignancies using Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering. Biophotonic Imaging for Medicine: A Digital Conference. June 2015

Gertsch S, Bedingfield S*, Lawanto S*, and E Vargis. Targeted Drug Delivery System for Kidney and/or Liver Failure Patients using Human Serum Albumin. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. April 2015

Israelsen ND* and E Vargis. Surface-enhanced Raman Spectroscopy Based Detection of Leukemia Cell Surface Markers. SciX 2014 Conference Presented by FACSS. September 2014

Hanson CH* and E Vargis. Application of SERS Magnetic Nanoparticles to Concentrate, Detect, and Identify Mycobacteria. SciX 2014 Conference Presented by FACSS. September 2014

O’Brien CM, Vargis E, Reese J, Bennett K, A Mahadevan-Jansen. In Vivo Raman Spectroscopy as a Clinical Tool to Detect Biomedical Changes in the Pregnant Cervix. SPIE Photonics West. January 2014

Hanson CH* and E Vargis. A Simple Method for Bacterial Concentration, Detection and Identification Using SERS Magnetic Nanoparticles. USU’s Graduate Research Symposium. April 2014

Vargis E. Development of Tissue Models and Spectroscopy Disease Detection Platforms for Biomedical Applications. nanoUtah. October 2013


Conference Posters (since joining USU)

Harding C* and E Vargis. In Vitro Modeling of Microgravity-Induced Muscle Atrophy and Spaceflight Radiation. American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Annual Meeting (ASGSR) Annual Meeting. October 2016

Wadsworth I**, Singh H**, Caldwell L**, Jensen Z**, Hansen B**, Lewis R and E Vargis. Optimizing The Growth and Characterization of Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cells. BMES. October 2016

Hanson C* and E Vargis. A proposed cDEP device design for improved device reusability and range of applied voltage. SciX 2015 Conference Presented by FACSS. September 2015

Farjood F* and E Vargis. Effect of Isolation and Aging on VEGF Expression in ARPE-19 Cells. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). May 2016

Hanson C* and E Vargis. Use of SERS Magnetic Nanoparticles to Concentrate and Identify Mycobacteria. American Institute of Chemical Engineers–AES Electrophoresis Society Annual Meeting. November 2015

Harding C*, Takemoto J, and E Vargis. Prevention of Oxidative Stress and Microgravity-Induced Muscular Atrophy with Mesobiliverdin-IXα. American Society for Gravitational and Space Research Annual Meeting. November 2015 – 3rd Place Winner

Hanson C* and E Vargis. Comparison of Machine Learning Methods to Identify Bacteria using Raman Spectroscopy. SciX 2015 Conference Presented by FACSS. September 2015

Harding C*, Takemoto J, and E Vargis. Prevention of Microgravity-Induced Muscular Atrophy with Mesobiliverdin-IXα. Hansen Life Sciences Retreat. September 2015 - Poster Award Winner

Hanson C* and E Vargis. Use of SERS Magnetic Nanoparticles to Concentrate and Identify Mycobacteria. nanoUtah. October 2014

Israelsen ND* and E Vargis. Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) Nanoprobes for Detecting Hematological Malignancies. nanoUtah. October 2014

Fronk A* and E Vargis. Evaluating the Pecten Oculi's Effectiveness as a Medical Microfluidic Device. USU’s Graduate Research Symposium. April 2014

Israelsen ND* and E. Vargis. Design of a Multiplex, Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering Immunoassay for Detection and Diagnosis of Hematological Malignancies. USU’s Graduate Research Symposium. April 2014

Byrd TT, Vargis E, O’Brien CM, Logan Q, Khabele D, A Mahadevan-Jansen. In Vivo Raman Spectroscopy Detects Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia with High Accuracy in Diverse Population. Society for Gynecologic Investigation (SGI). March 2014

O’ Brien CM, Herrington J, Vargis E, Brown N, Paria BC, Reese J, A Mahadevan-Jansen. In Vivo Detection of Biochemical Differences in the Pregnant Mouse Cervix between Wild Type and COX-1 KO Mice. SGI. March 2014