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Principal Investigator | Dr. Shayn Peirce-Cottler

I am Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Ophthalmology (joint appointment), and Professor of Plastic Surgery (joint appointment) at the University of Virginia. I am a member of the Cardiovascular Research Center (CVRC) and Associate Director of the Cardiovascular Training Grant (CVTG)

I have always been fascinated by the fact that blood vessels -- particularly the smallest blood vessels in our bodies -- grow and remodel during normal development and in response to disease. These processes are triggered by mechanical, electrical, and chemical stimuli, and are central in nearly all of the complex afflictions and diseases of the Western World, including diabetes, cancer, wound healing, and obesity. We study these processes using a combination of experimental and computational approaches in order to determine basic mechanisms and to identify new treatment strategies.

I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and I have also taught lectures and seminars to Medical School students and Medical Residents. For six years, I taught the year-long BME Capstone Design course, which is a required course for all undergraduates at UVA majoring in BME. At the undergraduate level, I currently teach our "Introduction to Biomedical Engineering" course offered to all 2nd year BME students at UVa. This course covers such topics as medical device design, regulation, and commercialization, communication, professionalism, and ethics. I also co-teach both an undergraduate and a graduate-level Computational Systems Bioengineering course in collaboration with other BME colleagues, including Dr. Jason Papin, Dr. Kevin Janes, Dr. Timothy Allen, and Dr. Jeff Saucerman.

I publish under the name Shayn M. Peirce (my maiden name).

University of Virginia
Doctorate of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, May 2002

Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering 1997

Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mechanics 1997

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