Biomedical Engineering Faculty

Faculty

David Corey, 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
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
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
Ian Corbin, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research Interests: Molecular imaging techniques and nanomedicine technology development to better understand and characterize liver disease
Joseph Forbess, M.D.
Training Tracks: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
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, 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

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

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
Lab website 
Research Interests: Acute liver failure, Organ preservation
Robert Lenkinski, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Research InterestsClinical applications of in vivo MRS, Development of MR, radiotracer and optical based imaging contrast agents for imaging
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.
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
Ralph P. Mason, Ph.D., C.Sci., C.Chem.
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
John Minna, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Minna Lab
Research Interests: Molecular biomarkers of response to cancer therapy
Hamid Mirzaei, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomolecular and Protein Engineering
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
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 vivoassessment 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 
Research Interests: Autoimmune disorders, Mass spectrometry, Protein biochips, Translational proteomics 
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
Research Interests: Heart, lung and pefusion 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
Amit Sawant, Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging; Medical Physics
Research Interests: Medical physics, Image guidance for radiation therapy
Jay Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering 
Research Interests: Cardiomyocytes, cell fate mechanisms, chemical genetics/small molecules, neuronal and cancer stem cells, stem cells
Dean Sherry, Ph.D.
Training Track: 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
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

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.

David Corey, Ph.D.
Thiru Annaswamy, M.D.
Research Interests: Physical medicine and rehabilitation, motor control, neuroscience
Jeffrey Cadeddu, M.D.
Research Interests: Urology; laparoscopy, telesurgical mentoring
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
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 Interests13C MRS methods for measuring cardiac intermediary metabolism flux and function analysis/Neurotransmitter metabolism of human brain
Weihua Mao, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tumor tracking and motion compensation in real-time; Personalized online adaptive radiation therapy; Heat-enhanced radiation therapy
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 Intertests: 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
Che Xu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Tissue engineering and regeneration; Biomaterials; Bioengineering of the larynx
Yulong Yan, Ph.D.
Research Interests: High-performance computing; infrastructure for radiation therapy; radiobiological effects