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

Christopher Chen, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, 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
Cheng Lab
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
Chopra Lab
Research Interests: Development of MR guided high intensity focused ultrasound for preclinical and clinical imaging

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

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
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.

Steve Jiang, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging; Medical Physics
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

Eunsook Jin, Ph.D.
Training Track:  Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Intermediary metabolism in vivo using NMR spectroscopy

Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Wound therapy, tissue engineering

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

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

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

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.

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
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

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 
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

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
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
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

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).

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

Ian Corbin, Ph.D.
Training Track: Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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