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Faculty & Staff

Faculty

 
Bartley P. Griffith
 
Bartley P. Griffith, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief of Cardiac Surgery
 
Zhongjun 'Jon' Wu
 
Zhongjun "Jon" Wu, PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Laboratory Director
 

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