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

 

Will Richardson, Ph.D

Will received his B.S in Biological Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 2007 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2012. Will is working on mathematical models of scar formation and remodeling.

   
 

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 models of heart growth in children with congenital heart defects, funded by a fellowship from the Hartwell Foundation.


Graduate Students

 

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 will be 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.

   
 

Samantha Clark

Sam is a Ph.D student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2010. Sam’s research focuses on investigating mechanics in healing infarcts

   
 

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 using wall motion analysis and finite-element modeling to examine the mechanics of atrial fibrillation and a treatment called radiofrequency (RF) ablation.


Undergraduate Students

 

Kamal Chikalard

Kamal is working with Will Richardson to measure regional heterogeneity of collagen fiber orientation in myocardial scar tissue.

   
 

Kevin Foley

Kevin is a biomedical engineering undergraduate studying how heart attacks and surgical reinforcement affect hypertrophy of remote myocardium.

   
 

Kaila Grenier

Kaila is working with Sam Clarke on finite-element modeling of biaxial mechanical tests and on differences in infarct mechanics in patients with infarcts in different locations.

   
 

Vaishnavi Lanka

Vaish is a biomedical engineering undergraduate modeling the assembly of collagen fibrils and fibers.

   
 

William Pilcher

William is a biomedical engineering undergraduate modeling effects of chemokines in healing myocardial infarcts.

   
 

Sapna Rao

Sapna is a biomedical engineering undergraduate modeling thinning and compaction of healing myocardial scar tissue.

   
 

Wade Zhang

Wade started in the lab modeling atrial hemodynamics, but has now moved on to modeling ventricular-vascular interaction and hemodynamic compensation following myocardial infarction.

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