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Project Scientist

Laura R. Caggiano, PhD

Laura R. Caggiano, PhD

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Mitchel Colebank, PhD

Mitchel Colebank, PhD

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Cassandra Conway, PhD

Cassandra Conway, PhD

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Doctor of Philosophy Students

Jose Bermudez

Jose Bermudez

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Salla Kim

Salla Kim

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Christopher Lechuga

Christopher Lechuga

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Master’s of Science Students


Summer Researchers

Chiagoziem Agu

Chiagoziem Agu

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Name Dates in the Lab
Betty Allen, MD June 2019 - May 2021 Mitochondrial mechanisms of right ventricular failure.
Byron A. Zambrano, PhD
CV  
March 2018 - October 2018 Mechanoenergetic model predictions of right ventricular failure.
Jennifer Philip, MD
CV  
September 2017 - August 2018 Mechanisms and mechanics of secondary pulmonary hypertension transition to reactivity.
Aiping Liu, PhD June 2011 - 2016 Sex differences in pulmonary hypertension: Role of collagen metabolism. AWARDED AHA Post-Doctoral Fellowship January 2013-December 2015.
Christine Caneba, PhD April 2014 - 2016 Mitochondrial dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension. AWARDED (DECLINED) NIH F32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship.
Alessandro Bellofiore, PhD August 2011 - 2014 Exercise hemodynamics as a predictor of mortality in PAH.
Lian Tian, PhD January 2011 - 2014 Impact of arterial stiffening on hemodynamics in pulmonary and systemic hypertension.
Zhijie Wang, PhD March 2008 - 2013 AWARDED AHA Post-Doctoral Fellowship January 2009-December 2011. Impact of collagen content and cross-linking on arterial viscoelasticity

Doctor of Philosophy Students

Name Dates in the Lab
Jenny Cheng, PhD
CV  
September 2015 - June 2020 Successfully obtained Doctoral of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering June 2020. Thesis project titled “Sex differences in right ventricular dysfunction.”
Ashley Mulchrone, PhD September 2013 - May 2019 Successfully obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering May 2019. Thesis project titled “Right ventricular failure secondary to volume overload in a mouse model of tricuspid valve regurgitation.”
David Schreier, PhD September 2012 - August 2019
Mark Golob, PhD
CV  
September 2012 - December 2015 Successfully obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Material Sciences Program April 2017. Thesis project titled “Biomechanical analyses of ventricular and vascular function in disease models.”
Omid Forouzan, PhD September 2012 - December 2015 Successfully obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering December 2016. Thesis project titled “MRI measurement of the effect of exercise on the pulmonary vasculature.”
Alejandro Roldan-Alzate, PhD September 2008 - August 2010 Impact of pulmonary hypertension on cardiopulmonary status: Animal and human studies.
Diana Tabima, PhD
CV  
Successfully obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering August 2010. Thesis project titled “Impact of collagen type I on ventricular-vascular coupling in a mouse model of pulmonary hypertension.”
Rebecca Vanderpool, PhD September 2004 - August 2010 Successfully obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering August 2010. Thesis project titled “Pulmonary vascular impedance changes with hypoxia-induced hypertension: experiments and modeling.”

Master’s of Science Students

Name Dates in the Lab
Callyn Kozitza September 2019 - May 2021 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering anticipated May 2021. Thesis project titled “Changes in pulmonary vascular impedance with exercise in patients with heart failure.”
Madison Freeman
CV  
9/2018-9/2021 Engineer at General Electric
Rasika Ramanathan September 2020 - May 2021 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering anticipated May 2021. Thesis project titled “Mechanobiology of pulmonary hypertension secondary to left heart disease.”
Ryan Pewowaruk, MS
CV  
September 2016 - June 2018 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2018. Thesis project titled “Lower order models of right ventricular pulmonary arterial interactions.”
Eric Dinges, MS September 2014 - June 2016 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2016. Thesis project titled “Cardiovascular dysfunction and development of an MRI-compatible recumbent ergometer.”
Kevin McConnell, MS September 2014 - June 2015 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2015 (non-thesis)
Eric Kersten, MS
Benjamin Sprague, MS September 2006 - June 2008 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, August 2008 for thesis project titled “Uterine vascular mechanical and hemodynamic changes in pregnancy.”
Chen Yen Ooi, MS September 2006 - June 2008 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, August 2008 for thesis project titled “Role of collagen type I in pulmonary artery stiffening with pulmonary hypertension.”
Yanmei Zhu, MS Fall 2008
Ryan Dewall, MS September 2004 - December 2007 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, December 2007 for thesis project titled “Role of smooth muscle cell tone in carotid artery mechanics.”
Holly Tuchscherer, MS September 2003 - May 2005 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2005 for thesis project titled “Pulmonary vascular impedance changes with hypoxia-induced hypertension and pulmonary embolism.”
Kristine Estrada, MS September 2003 - June 2005 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2005 for thesis project titled “The effect of hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension on gene expression collagen and its regulators in heart and lung tissue.”
Crystal Leach, MS September 2002 - June 2004 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, August 2004 non-thesis project titled “Aortic residual strain in mice with and without a full complement of elastin.”
Ryan Kobs, MS September 2003 - June 2004 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2004 for thesis project titled “Biomechanics of normal and remodeled mouse pulmonary arteries.”
Sarah Ander, MS September 2002 - June 2004 M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, May 2004 for thesis project titled “Permeability of human saphenous veins to fluid and particles ex vivo: implications for vascular gene therapy delivery.”

Undergraduate Project Advising Students

Name Dates in the Lab
Hailey Hope Frye September 2018 - May 2021 Mechanoshear sensor activation in PH-LHF.
Ryan Gassner Fall 2017 - Spring 2020 Cardiopulmonary consequences of sickle cell disease. UW-Madison Hilldale Awardee for Undergraduate Research; Honors in Research Thesis.
Abigail Drake Fall 2018 - Winter 2019 Right ventricular mitochondrial remodeling.
Aurora Greane Summer 2019
Kevin Fantl, BS
CV  
Spring 2017 - Spring 2019 Measurements of cardiac structure in genetically engineered mice.
Mark Nyaeme
CV  
Fall 2017 - Winter 2019 Multiscale models of banding-induced PAH.
Neal Duong
CV  
Fall 2017 - Winter 2019 Clinical pulmonary artery stiffening in canine PAH.
Tony So Summer 2018 - Winter 2019 Pulmonary vascular morphometrics in PAH.
Gregory Wolf, BS
CV  
2016 - 2018 Large artery biomechanics: Applications to tissue engineering.
Bilin Loi, BS
CV  
Fall 2014 - 2017 Multiple projects related pulmonary hypertension.
Chelsea Sloan, BS
CV  
Summer 2017
Claire Chen Fall 2017 Multiscale models of bleomycin-induced PAH.
Heather Schumaker, BS Fall 2015 - 2017 Matlab modules for cardiovascular function.
James Johnston 2016 - 2017 Axial force measurements of mouse arteries.
Rohan Patnaik, BS
CV  
Spring 2017 Collagen accumulation in large pulmonary arteries.
Thomas Murphy, BS
CV  
Summer 2017
Tony Prostrollo, BS 2015 - 2017 Ventricular-vascular coupling measurements in mice.
John Kemnitz
CV  
2015 - 2016 Impact of sickle cell disease on pulmonary hemodynamics.
Brenda McIntire Spring 2015
Jared Warczytowa, BS Spring 2013 - 2015 MR imaging of hemodynamic changes with exercise.
Jorge Gonzalez Summer 2015
Katrina Strobush Fall 2015
Mufaddal Lakdawala Spring 2015
Ross Paulson, BS 2014 - 2015 System redesign for axial measurements of arterial biomechanics.
Brandon Li Spring 2014
Clayton Lepak, BS Spring 2011 - Summer 2012 Second harmonic imaging for measuring vascular structure.
David Schreier, PhD
CV  
Spring 2010 - 2012 Successfully obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Biomedical Engineering August 2019. Thesis project titled “Role of collagen in progressive right ventricular dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension.”
Jacob Stangl, BS Fall 2011
Molly Krohn, BS Fall 2010 - Fall 2011 Impact of chronic hypoxia on collagen-related gene regulation.
Rebecca Clayman, BS Spring 2010 - Spring 2011 Effect of sex on pulmonary vascular impedance.
Ah Ram Kim, BS Spring 2008 - Fall 2008 Introduction to animal experimentation and studies on arterial rarefaction in isolated mouse lungs.
Jason Tham, BS Spring 2008
Nicholas Balge, BS Fall 2008 Novel systems to measure vascular viscoelasticity.
Malini Soundarrajan, BS Spring 2006
Nina Lewis, BS Summer 2005 Setup and refine instrumentation to measure mouse pulmonary vascular impedance in response to dynamic, high frequency pressurization.
Chenara Johnson, BS Summer 2004 Experiments to measure gene-level changes in growth factors in pulmonary tissue in response to hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension.
Eidan Webster, BS Summer 2004 Experiments to measure pulmonary vascular impedance changes in response to hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension.
Nikhita Chawla