Biomedical Engineering 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

Asaithamby Aroumougame,Ph.D.

Asaithamby Aroumougame,Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Training Track: Biomedical and Molecular Imaging
Aroumougame Lab
Research Interests: Immunotherapy and Radiotherapy in cancer prevention and treatment; Premature aging and carcinogenesis; DNA damage response signaling in heart development

Shawn C. Burgess

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

Thomas Carroll, Ph.D.

Thomas Carroll, Ph.D.,
Carroll Lab
Research Interests: 

Jonathan Cheng

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

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

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

Caroline de Gracia Lux, Ph.D.

Caroline de Gracia Lux, Ph.D.
Training Track: Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine
de Gracia Lux Lab
Research Interests: Ultrasound contrast agent, perfluorocarbon emulsions, development of new ultrasound-based strategies for early detection and treatment of diseases

Reto Fiolka, Ph.D.

Reto Fiolka, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Fiolka Lab
Research Interests: The long-term goal of our lab's research is to develop and implement imaging technologies that provide unprecedented insight into cancer biology.

Jinming Gao

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

Connie Hsia

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

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

Steve Jiang

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

William Lee

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

Robert Lenkinski

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

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

Jacques Lux, Ph.D.

Jacques Lux, Ph.D.
Training Track: Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine, Biomedical and Molecular Imagingr
Lux Lab
Research Interests: Bioresponsive nanomaterials for In vivo detection and therapy; targeted and activatable ultrasound (US) agents for the detection of inflammation and cancer

Ananth Madhuranthakam

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

Craig Malloy

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

Ralph P. Mason

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

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

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 Oz

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

Ivan Pedrosa

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

Matthias Peltz, M.D.
Training Track: Biomaterials, Mechanics and Tissue Engineering
Research Interests: Heart, lung, and perfusion preservation, magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Jay Schneider

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

Dean Sherry, Ph.D.
Training Track: Molecular and Translational Nanomedicine, 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

Xiankai Sun

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

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

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

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

Pietro Bajona, M.D.

Pietro Bajona, M.D.
Research Interests: Surgical outcomes, heart valve anatomy and physiology, and innovative approaches to valve surgery

David Busch, Ph.D.

David Busch, Ph.D.,
Research Interests: Developing non-and minimally-invasive optical tools to monitor deep tissues in health and disease, as well as throughout therapy.

Jeffrey Cadeddu

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

Ian Corbin

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

Thomas Floyd Ph.D.

Thomas Floyd, Ph.D.
Research Interests: 

Robert Eberhart

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

Gerald Greil

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

Xuejun Gu

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

Brian Hrycushko

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

Mustafa Husain, M.D.

Mustafa Husain, M.D.
Research Interests:
 General psychiatry, aging and geriatric issues, new applications of lead placement in ECT and novel treatments of Major Depressive Disorder including Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), and Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS)

Mohammad Hussain

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

Michael Jessen

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

Romaine Johnson

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

Zoltan Kovacs

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

Lawrence Lavery

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

Matthew Lewis

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

Li Liu, Ph.D.

Li Liu, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Development of reporter genes and evaluation of different gene reporter’s

Weiguo Lu

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

Robert Mattrey,M.D.

Robert Mattrey,M.D.
Research Interests: Novel Molecular-based Contrast Agents, with emphasis on ultrasound solutions, which can be used to detect and/or treat cancer, including image guided tumor ablation, ultrasound directed drug or gene delivery, or cell-based therapy. 

Roderick McColl

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

Paul Medin

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

Alan Nugent

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

Jae Mo Park, Ph.D.

Jae Mo Park, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Development of noninvasive molecular imaging tools to elucidate in vivo metabolism

Karen Pawlowski

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

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

Surendranath Reddy

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

Jimin Ren, Ph.D.

Jimin Ren, Ph.D.
Research Interests: In vivo MRS for studies of energy and phospholipids metabolism in brain and skeletal muscle.  

Neil Rofsky

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

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

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

Todd Soesbe

Todd Soesbe, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Clinical applications of new spectral CT technologies

Rathan Subramaniam

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

Baran Sumer, M.D.

Baran Sumer, M.D.
Research Interests: Clinical application of nanoprobes with unique nanoscale behavior 

Masaya Takahashi

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

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

Tao Wang, Ph.D.

Tao Wang, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Integrating structure, kinetics, and computation to understand the molecular determinants and regulatory mechanisms of microtubule dynamics

Tre Welch

Tre Welch, Ph.D.
Research Interests: Biomaterial grafts, coatings and scaffolds; finite element analysis; polymer synthesis; bioresorbable polymer characterization

Yulong Yan

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

Ming Yang, Ph.D

Ming Yang, Ph.D.,
Research Interests: Range uncertainty reduction, tissue contouring using DECT, optimization for ion radiation therapy

Takeshi Yokoo

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