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.

   
 

Pim Oomen

Pim joined the lab in May 2018 after completing his Ph.D. research at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) with Dr. Carlijn Bouten. He is developing and testing computational models of growth and remodeling that allow clinicians to customize cardiac resynchronization therapy for individual patients.

   
 

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 a fourth year studying biomedical engineering. He is working with JJ to create an agent based model to identify fibroblast sources and recreate collagen deposition patterns in cardiac infarcts.

   
 

Lily Lin

Lily is a third year studying biomedical engineering. She is working with Laura to experimentally measure changes in cardiomyocyte size following myocardial infarction, data which will then be used to inform computational growth models.

   
 

Sarah Schroter

Sarah is a second year studying biomedical engineering. She is working with Kellen to explore how cells and other relevant components fit three-dimensionally within the scar tissue.

   
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