Staff

Laboratory members

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Yiannis S. Chatzizisis, MD, PhD
Professor, Principal Investigator
Research Interests: Interventional cardiology, Bifurcation stenting, Advanced non-invasive cardiovascular imaging (MRI, CT), Vascular biology, Cardiovascular simulations and biomechanics

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Xiang-der (Martin) Liu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Cell biology, Inflammatory tissue injury and repair

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Wei Wu, PhD
Instructor
Research Interests: Vessel (cardiovascular and peripheral) mechanics; Clinical-based finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics; Design, optimization, manufacture and test of medical devices

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Shijia Zhao, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: Tissue mechanics, Computational mechanics, Medical devices

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Saurabhi M. Samant, MD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: 
Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Imaging, Coronary biology, pathophysiology and biomechanics

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Behram A. Khan, MD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests:
Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Biology, Imaging and Biomechanics, Atherosclerosis-Fibrosis, Diabetes, Medical Ethics

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Mohammadali Sharzehee, PhD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests:
Vascular biomechanics, Patient-specific computational modeling (Computational Fluid Dynamics, Finite Element Analysis, and Fluid-Structure Interaction), Design and optimization of medical devices

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Janaki Makadia, MD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests:
Interventional Cardiology, Cardiovascular Biology, Imaging and Biomechanics, Atherosclerosis-Fibrosis

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Anastasios Nik Panagopoulos, MD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: 
Coronary biomechanics, angioplasty and stenting of complex coronary lesions, Pathophysiology of atherosclerotic disease and advanced techniques for cardiac imaging

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Muhammad Fayaz, MD
Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Research Interests: 
Coronary biomechanics, angioplasty and stenting of complex coronary lesions, Pathophysiology of atherosclerotic disease and advanced techniques for cardiac imaging

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Danny Akkad
High School Intern

Biography: I am going to be a senior in high school next year. I am looking for a career in the healthcare system. I am excited about joining Professor Chatzizisis' Lab and learning more about cardiology and its new innovations.

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Danny Zolty
Research Intern

Biography: I am a rising sophomore studying computer science at Yeshiva University in New York. I am from Teaneck, NJ and have always been interested in biomechanics. This is why I am really excited to be working this summer in the Cardiovascular Biology and Biomechanics Laboratory this summer - a place where I could fuse my skills and interests.

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Maheedhar Gedela, MD
Interventional Fellow
Research Interests: Interventional cardiology, Coronary artery atherosclerosis, Coronary invasive hemodynamics, Techniques of coronary interventions and structural heart disease

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Collaborators

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Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD

Clinical and Translational Science-Scientist

Cellular, molecular and immunological basis of the underlying pathophysiology of occlusive arterial diseases in carotid and coronary artery, artery-venous fistula, rotator cuff injury, ventral hernia, and chronic asthma; Gene and stem cell therapy.

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Gassan Kassab, PhD

Biomedical Engineer, Founder and CEO of California Medical Innovations Institute

Biomedical engineering, Hypertension, Interventional cardiology devices.

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Iraklis Pipinos, MD, PhD

Vascular Surgeon-Scientist

Mitochondrial dysfunction in chronically ischemic skeletal muscle, Open versus endovascular repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms, Carotid stenting, Walking impairment in claudication.

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Irving H. Zucker, PhD

Cardiovascular physiology-Scientist

Neural control of the circulation, angiotensin II, nitric oxide; Reactive oxidant stress.

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Benjamin Terry, PhD

Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices-Scientist

Medical therapeutics, devices, and surgical tools; Intuitive, ambulatory biosensors; Biomechanical behavior of tissues and organs.

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Srivatsan Kidambi, PhD

Chemical Engineering-Scientist

Neural and liver tissue engineering, Cancer tissue engineering, Nano-scale drug delivery system for gene therapy, Novel thin films for sensor applications.

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James A. Hamilton, PhD

Physiology and Biophysics-Scientist

Membrane and structural biology, Imaging of fat depots and atherosclerotic plaque, Atherosclerosis: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and NMR spectroscopy.

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Timothy Wei, PhD

Fluid Mechanics-Scientist

Coupling fundamental fluid dynamics experiments with critical technologies of socio-technological importance.

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Sangjin Ryu, PhD

Bio/Flow Systems-Scientist

Multiscale flow systems and biological systems based on interdisciplinary experimental approaches, Fluid flow at finite Reynolds numbers, Microfluidics.

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Ryan Pedrigi, PhD

Biomedical Engineering-Scientist

Mechanobiology, Experimental and computational biomechanics, Regenerative medicine, Cell and tissue engineering, Medical devices, Cardiovascular medicine, Ophthalmology, and Wound healing.

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Jae Sung Park, PhD

Fluid Mechanics-Scientist

Fluid mechanics, Turbulence, Complex fluids, Electrokinetics, Microscale transport, Mathematical modeling, Scientific computing.

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Marius Florescu, MD

Nephrology-Scientist

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Peter R. Pellegrino, PhD

Cellular & Integrative Physiology-Scientist

Physiological control of blood flow by neural and autoregulatory mechanisms, Novel methods of assessment of sympathetic nervous system outflow, Anesthesiology and critical care.

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Mamoon Ahmed, MD
Observer

Biography: Dr. Ahmed received his MBBS degree from Army Medical College, Pakistan and joined the Cardiovascular Biology and Biomechanics Lab at University of Nebraska Medical Center in October, 2018. He has a keen interest in research activities and has authored twelve peer reviewed articles. He is interested in pursuing a career in internal medicine, followed by interventional cardiology, with a special emphasis on academics and research.

Past Staff

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Alireza Karimi, PhD

PostDoctoral Research Associate: 2019.04-2019.11

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Mansoor Ahmad, MD

PostDoctoral Research Associate: 2020.01-2020.05

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Angelos Karagiannis, MD

PostDoctoral Research Associate: 2016.06-2018.06

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Mohammed Riaz Ur Rehman, BS

Graduate Research Assistant: 2019.07-2020.06

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Jules-Joel BAKHOS, MD, MSc

Post-doctoral Research Fellow: 2019.04-2019.12

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Narasimha Rao Pillalamarri, PhD

Post-doctoral Research Fellow: 2020.05-2020.11

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Julia Lee

Research Intern: 2019.05-2019.07

Students

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Erik Rask, MD

Research Intern: 2016.09-2016.12

Current Position: Doctoral student in Cardiology/Paediatric Cardiology with focus on arrhythmias, Lund University.

Research Interests: Cardiac electrophysiology, vector ECG, remodeling and cardiac fibrosis, congenital heart defects, atrial fibrillation, ventricular fibrillation, cardiac ablation, optical mapping, clinical trials, prediction of atrial fibrillation, prediction of sudden cardiac death.