University of Virginia
Cardia Biomechanics Group
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Lab Members

 

Dr. Jeffrey W. Holmes, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Holmes is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at the University of Virginia. He obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989, his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1995, and his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1998. Dr. Holmes currently teaches BME 6102 Engineering Physiology II: Organ Physiology, and Soft Tissue Mechanics / Finite Elasticity.


Postdoctoral Fellows

 

Jia-Jye Lee, Ph.D.

JJ joined the lab in December 2016. She did her Ph.D. at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine with Dr. Kevin Costa. JJ is working on agent-based modeling of scar formation.

   
 

Colleen Witzenburg, Ph.D.

Colleen joined the lab in November 2014. She did her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Victor Barocas. Colleen is building compartmental models of the circulation and ventricles to simulate heart growth in response to hemodynamic overload.

   
 

Kyoko Yoshida, Ph.D.

Kyoko joined the lab in June 2016. She did her Ph.D. at Columbia University with Dr. Kristin Myers. Kyoko is developing finite-element models the heart to predict reversal of growth following therapies.


Graduate Students

 

Derek Bivona

Derek joined the CBG in January 2017 after completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. Derek is developing computational growth models for skeletal and cardiac muscle.

   
 

Laura Caggiano

Laura received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2014 and joined the CBG in January following rotations. Laura is studying changes in infarct scar structure induced by surgical reinforcement.

   
 

Kellen Chen

Kellen is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He received a B.S. in Bioengineering from the University of California Berkeley in 2013. He is studying fibroblast orientation in response to mechanical loading.

   
 

Ana Estrada

Ana is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2013. She is developing mathematical models of heart growth and remodeling in response to changes in mechanical load.

   
 

T.K. Phung

T.K. joined the CBG in Fall 2014 after completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis. T.K. is building patient-specific models for predicting the outcome of cardiac resynchronization therapy.


Undergraduate Students

 

Mazin Ahmad

Mazin is third year studying biomedical engineering. He is working with Ana to analyze the structure of infarction scar in sheep using histology to relate it to mechanical function.

   
 

Christian Devlin

Christian is a third year studying biomedical engineering. He is working with Colleen to modify a computational model of arterial pressure control to simulate the compensatory baroreflex response to myocardial infarction.

   
 

George Morcos

George is a third year studying biomedical engineering. He is working with JJ and Kellen to develop an in vitro method for analyzing fibroblast response to conflicting cues between mechanical and structural stimuli.

   
 

Megan Thomas

Megan is a third year studying biomedical engineering. She is working with T.K. to tune patient-specific electromechanical activation models of the heart for patients with myocardial infarction and dyssynchrony.

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