Biomedical Engineering Faculty

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


Xun Jia, Ph.D.
Training Track:
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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


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.
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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


Amit Sawant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Jay Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering 
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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


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

Associate Members

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

Romaine Johnson, M.D.
Research Interests: Medical Education; Pediatric Airway Disorders; Pediatric Otolaryngology; Public Health


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


Surendranath Reddy, M.D.
Research Interests: Bio-degradable Stents; Cardiac Catheterization - pediatric and adult congenital heart disease; Hybrid Interventions


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


Tre Welch, Ph.D.
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