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


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 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: 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


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
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 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 
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).


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 activities.

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 Interests: 13C 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