Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Matthew Petroll, Ph.D.
Program Chair
Training Tracks: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering; Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Petroll Lab
Research Interests: Cell motility and mechanics, corneal repair and regeneration, in vivo confocal imaging


Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, motor control, neuroscience


Shawn C. Burgess, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: NMR spectroscopy and mass spectroscopy in conjunction with the application of stable isotope tracers to study metabolic function


Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Urology; laparoscopy, telesurgical mentoring


Roger Chan, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine; biomaterials; biomechanics (tissue mechanics); biorheology; bioacoustics; laryngeal physiology


Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Training Track:  Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Biomaterials; Tissue mechanics; Tissue injury, degeneration and inflammation; Tissue engineering and regeneration; Cartilage biology and osteoarthritis 


Jonathan Cheng, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Nerve regeneration; long nerve gap repair; nerve-machine interface


Changho Choi, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: In vivo 1H and 13C MR spectroscopy; MRS applications in brain tumors and neuropsychiatric diseases; MR physics and MR method development


Rajiv Chopra, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Development of MR guided high intensity focused ultrasound for preclinical and clinical imaging


Ian Corbin, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging


Robert Eberhart, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Biomaterials; circulatory assist devices


Joseph Forbess, M.D.
Training Tracks: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering, Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Minimally invasive surgery, cardiopulmonary perfusion


Jinming Gao, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering, Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Gao Lab
Research Interests: Activatable optical/MRI imaging probes to study tumor metabolism and theranostic nanomedicine for cancer-targeted drug therapy


Nick Grishin, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
Grishin Lab
Research Interests: Computational biology


Connie Hsia, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Heart-lung interaction; lung morphometry; structure-function correlation of lung growth


Hao Huang, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Huang Lab
Research Interests: Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI); animal MRI; DTI-based tractography; pulse sequence development


Michael Jessen, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Circulatory assist devices; cardiac metabolism


Steve Jiang, Ph.D.
Training Track:  Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Cloud and GPU-based high performance computing in medical physics and imaging; automatic radiotherapy treatment planning; adaptive radiotherapy; image guided radiotherapy; low-dose and dynamic cone beam CT


Qui-Xing Jiang, Ph.D.
Training Tracks: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering, Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Jiang Lab
Research Interests: Lipid effects on voltage-gated ion channels, surface-engineering technology for imaging biological complexes of low abundance


Eunsook Jin, Ph.D.


Zoltan Kovacs, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Generation and application of hyperpolarized 13 C-Iabeled compounds and 89Y-complexes for MRI/ Radiopharmaceutical applications


Padmaker Kulkarni, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Molecular Imaging, PET/SPECT, Alzheimer’s Imaging


Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering


William Lee, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
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Robert Lenkinski, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging


Matthew Lewis, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Molecular imaging instrumentation, linear and non-linear diffraction tomography, tensor tomography, applied inverse problems


Wen-Hong Li, Ph.D.
Training Tracks: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering, Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Li Lab
Research Interests: Engineering probes and assays for monitoring islet beta cell mass or function in vivo; Physiological regulation of hormone secretion in pancreatic islets; Functional analysis of microRNA.


Hanzhang Lu, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Lu Lab
Research Interests: Development of MRI technologies to study human brain physiology and metabolism, Improvement of clinical diagnosis of brain disorders


Ananth Madhuranthakam, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Development of novel MR imaging techniques for whole-body cancer screening and staging


Craig Malloy, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: C MRS methods for measuring cardiac intermediary metabolism flux and function analysis/Neurotransmitter metabolism of human brain


Weihua Mao, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Tumor tracking and motion compensation in real-time; Personalized online adaptive radiation therapy; Heat-enhanced radiation therapy


Ralph P. Mason, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Mason Lab
Research Interests: Tumor pathophysiology and MR assessment of prognostic biomarkers/hypoxia and pH


Roderick McColl, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: fMRI; DICOM


Matthew Merritt, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: MR hyperpolarization for NMR sensitivity enhancement, metabolomics, efficient NMR data reduction


John Minna, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Molecular biomarkers of response to cancer therapy


Hamid Mirzaei, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
Research Interests: Investigation of ubiquitin-dependent mechanisms and their role in tumor progression.
Lab website 


Alan Nugent, M.D., M.B.B.S., FRACP
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Biodegradable stents for congenital heart disease


Orhan K. Oz, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Application of structural (X-ray, CT, and MR) and functional (SPECT and PET) imaging methods to quantify changes in bone mass and metabolism induced by metabolic bone diseases; In vivo assessment of beta cell mass and function by novel probes; Novel PET and SPECT probe development for bone cells


Steven Patrie, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
Patrie Lab 


Karen Pawlowski, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Pawlowski Lab
Research Interests: Cellular mechanisms involved in sensory neural hearing loss; investigations of biomedical engineering technologies applied to the temporal bone and auditory system; role of biofilms in chronic recurrent infections of the temporal bone


Ivan Pedrosa, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Development of novel MRI techniques for improved diagnosis of abdominal/pelvic diseases and noninvasive in vivo assessment of physiology and response to therapy in tumors


Matthias Peltz, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering


Fangyu Peng, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Translational cancer imaging and therapy, including identification of new targets for molecular cancer imaging with PET/CT and targeted cancer therapy


Neil Rofsky, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Translation of novel MR imaging methods (arterial spin labeling, diffusion, perfusion) to important problems in clinical medicine


Jay Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering 
Lab website


Dean Sherry, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Responsive MRI contrast agents, targeted MR and PET agents, carbon-13 tracers of metabolism, high-field magnetic resonance spectroscopy in vivo


Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Neural cardiovascular control during exercise; reflex dysfunction in heart failure; reflex dysfunction in hypertension


Rhonda Souza, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Internal Medicine/VAMC; the molecular mechanisms involved in the development and neoplastic progression of Barrett’s esophagus, intracellular signaling mechanisms and biologic relevance of acid and/or bile acid exposure, the components of reflux, on Barrett’s esophagus using animal models, cell culture, and human biopsy tissues


Xiankai Sun, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Development of PET, SPECT, and MRI imaging probes to assess biological abnormalities and evaluation of disease treatment


Masaya Takahashi, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Development of functional and molecular MRI techniques that can help establish a rigorous foundation for in vivo diagnosis


D. Gomika Udugamasooriya, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Udugamasooriya Lab
Research Interests: Development and evaluation of classes of high-affinity and specific multi-site-binding ligands for cancer cells via a genome-wide targeted approach


Elena Vinogradov, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Endogenous and exogenous MRI contrast agents and mechanisms in vivo, CEST and PARACEST imaging, hyperpolarization.


Ellen Vitetta, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
Vitteta Lab
Research Interests: Monoclonal antibodies and immunotoxins in cancer and AIDS; new vaccines


Jing Wang, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Wang Lab
Research Interests: Tomographic image reconstruction; Cone-beam computed tomography; Image-guided radiation therapy; Medical imaging processing


Sally Ward, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
Ward/Ober Lab
Research Interests: Antibody engineering; fluorescence microscopy; Fc receptor and growth factor receptor trafficking; development of therapies for cancer and autoimmunity


Takeshi Yokoo, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Applied mathematics and MRI methods for translational research in liver imaging with special focus of evaluation of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).


Dawen Zhao, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Functional and molecular optical and MR imaging of tumor vasculature and its response to novel therapeutics in animal models of primary and metastatic brain tumors