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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

 
Bartley P. Griffith
 
Bartley P. Griffith, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Cardiac Surgery
 
 

Researchers and Staff

 
R Boyd
 

Raenadra Boyd
Research Assistant

Research Interests:  

  • Animal surgery and care
 
 
Jun Ding
 

Jun Ding
PhD graduate student

Research Interests: 

  • design and develop double lumen cannula robotics
 
 
Saman Eghtesad
 

Saman Eghtesad
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests: 

  • Mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and survival for cardiac repair
  • Immune effects of mesenchymal stem cells following engraftment in the heart
  • Characterization of cardiac stem cells in small and large animal models
 
 
Tieluo Li
 

Tieluo Li, MD
Research Specialist

Research Interests: 

  • Molecular biology and gene expression
  • Apoptosis and mechanotransduction in post myocardial infarction remodeling
 
 
Yang Liu
 

Yang Liu, MD, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests: 

  • LVAD and artificial lung implantation and the biological responses to these devices
 
 
Nandan Mondal
 

Nandan Kumar Mondal, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests: 

  • Cardiovascular disease & Heart Failure, Artificial organ, Left Ventricular assist device (LVAD), Blood Damage, Inflammation, Platelet activation, Hemostatic status, endothelial stem cells
  • Microscopy, Molecular Biology, Cytology, Genetics, Immunology, Oxidative stress, DNA damage & repair study
  • Indoor Air Pollution, Molecular Epidemiology, Lung Cancer and Public Health
  • Drug Abuse and Adolescent Health
 
 
S Niu
 

Shuqiong Niu, MD
Doctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests: 

  • LVAD and artificial lung implantation and the biological responses to these devices
  • Examining the effects of VAD and artificial lung implantation on thrombosis in a non-heart failure ovine model and human heart failure patients
 
 
Mark Pittenger
 

Mark Pittenger, PhD
Research Specialist

Research Interests: 

  • Development of cellular therapeutics
  • Regenerative medicine technologies
  • Studies of the characterization of stem and progenitor cells
 
 
Pablo Sanchez
 

Pablo G. Sanchez, MD
Doctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests: 

  • Lung Transplantation
  • Organ Preservation
  • Normothermic Perfusion
 
 
Yizhong Wang
 

Yizhong Wang, PhD
Research Associate

Research Interests: 

  • Micro/Nano physical/chemical/bio-medical sensor-actuator
  • Sensing system instrumentation/mechatronics
  • Portable Artificial Lung System

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C Watkins
 

A. Claire Watkins, MD
Research Fellow

Research Interests:  

  • Stem cell therapy for cardiovascular disease
  • Artificial organs
  • Heart/lung transplantation
 
 
J Zhang
 

Jiafeng Zhang, PhD
Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Research Interests:  

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics, computational modeling of blood damage
  • Discrete Element Method, FEM, granular flows