Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Faculty

Matthew Petroll, Ph.D

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jinming Gao, Ph.D.
Training Track: Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine, 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 TrackBiomedical and Molecular Imaging
Grishin Lab
Research Interests: Computational biology

 

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

 

Xun Jia, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging; Medical Physics
Jia Lab
Research Interests: High-performance computing for radiation therapy and medical imaging; radiation dose calculation; Monte Carlo simulation. 3D/4D cone beam CT reconstruction; image guided radiation therapy.

 

William Lee, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Lee website 
Research Interests: Acute liver failure, organ preservation

 

Robert Lenkinski, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Lenkinski Lab
Research Interests: Clinical applications of in vivo MRS, development of MR, radiotracer and optical based imaging contrast agents for imaging

 

Wen-Hong Li, Ph.D. 
Training Tracks: Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine, 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.

 

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

 

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

 

Hamid Mirzaei, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Mirzaei Lab
Research Interests: Investigation of ubiquitin-dependent mechanisms and their role in tumor progression.

 

Albert Montillo, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Montillo Lab
Research Interests: Developing state-of-the-art machine learning approaches to extract radiological imaging and imaging-genomic biomarkers for individualized prognostics in neuroscience and oncological applications

  

Orhan K. Oz, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Oz Lab
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: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Patrie Lab 
Research Interests: Autoimmune disorders, mass spectrometry, protein biochips, translational proteomics

 

Ivan Pedrosa, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Pedrosa Lab
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
Research Interests: Heart, lung, and perfusion preservation, magnetic resonance spectroscopy

 

Jay Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering 
Schneider Lab
Research Interests: Cardiomyocytes, cell fate mechanisms, chemical genetics/small molecules, neuronal and cancer stem cells, stem cells

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Che Xu, Ph.D.
Xu Lab
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regeneration; biomaterials; bioengineering of the larynx

Associate Members

These faculty members do not accept graduate students. They participate in teaching, co-mentoring, exam and dissertation committees, and all other program activities.

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.

Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.
Research Interests: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, motor control, neuroscience

 

Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D.
Research Interests: Urology; laparoscopy, telesurgical mentoring

 

Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterials; tissue mechanics; tissue injury, degeneration and inflammation; tissue engineering and regeneration; cartilage biology and osteoarthritis

 

Ian Corbin, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Molecular imaging techniques and nanomedicine technology development to better understand and characterize liver disease

 

Robert Eberhart, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterials; circulatory assist devices

 

Gerald Greil, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Evaluate the use of newly designed biodegradable stints to treat pulmonary artery stenosis

 

Xuejun Gu, Ph.D. 
Research Interests: Image processing in radiation therapy; deformable image registration; radiation dose calculations; robotic control for patient positioning

 

Brian Hrycushko, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue response modeling in radiation therapy; brachytherapy

 

Mohammad Hussain, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Interests: Cardiac imaging and modeling to improve outcomes in pediatric and congenital heart disease

 

Michael Jessen, M.D.
Research Interests: Circulatory assist devices; cardiac metabolism

 

Steve Jiang, Ph.D.
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

 

Romaine Johnson, M.D.
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterials, biomechanics, pediatric airway disorders

 

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

 

Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M
Research Interests: Wound therapy, tissue engineering

 

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

 

Weiguo Lu, Ph.D. 
Research Interests: Adaptive radiation therapy; treatment plan optimization; radiation dose calculations

 

Craig Malloy, M.D.
Research Interests: 13C MRS methods for measuring cardiac intermediary metabolism flux and function analysis/neurotransmitter metabolism of human brain

 

 

Roderick McColl, Ph.D.
Research Interests: fMRI; DICOMs

 

Paul Medin, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue response modeling in radiation therapy; stereotactic radiation therapy

 

 

 

Alan Nugent, M.D., M.B.B.S., FRACP
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering

 

Karen Pawlowski, Ph.D.
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

 

Arnold Pompos, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Particle beam therapy; Monte Carlo simulations; biological effects of particle beam therapy; biological optimization

 

Surendranath Reddy, M.D.
Research Interests: Biodegradable stents; cardiac catheterization – pediatric and adult congenital heart disease; hybrid interventions

 

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

 

 

Debabrata Saha, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Role of Cycloxygenase-2 in radiation and chemo-resistance, role of small molecule inhibitors as radio-sensitizers

 

Scott Smith, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Neural cardiovascular control during exercise; reflex dysfunction in heart failure; reflex dysfunction in hypertension

 

Todd Soesbe, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical & Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Clinical applications of new Spectral CT technologies

 

Rathan Subramaniam, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical & Molecular Imaging

 

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

 

Animesh Tandon, M.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging and Medical Physics
Research Interests: MRI imaging in pediatric cardiology; 3D printing and computer modeling of congenital heart disease; predictive analytics on continuous data for pediatric cardiology

 

Treining Tra Welch, Ph.D.
Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics, and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Biomaterial grafts, coatings and scaffolds; Finite Element Analysis; Polymer Synthesis; Bioresorbable Polymer Characterization

 

Yulong Yan, Ph.D.
Research Interests: High-performance computing; infrastructure for radiation therapy; radiobiological effects

 

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