Collaborators & Trainees



Iraklis Pipinos, MD

Vascular Surgeon-Scientist.

Mitochondrial dysfunction in chronically ischemic skeletal muscle, open versus endovascular repair for abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid stenting, walking impairment in claudication.

Yuris Dzenis, PhD

Mechanical engineer.

Advanced nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing; experimental and theoretical analysis of electrospinning process; continuous polymer, carbon, and ceramic nanofibers; hierarchical materials and composites; damage and fracture mechanics; fatigue analysis and life prediction; multiscale NDE; cardiovascular biomechanics and tissue mechanics; bionanomaterials.             

Anastasia Desyatova, PhD

Mechanical Engineer.

Design of materials for improved strength, fatigue life and fracture toughness; multiscale material characterization; cell remodeling; computational vascular biomechanics; durability of trauma stent-grafts.

B. Timothy Baxter, MD

Vascular Surgeon-Scientist.

Pathophysiology and clinical treatment of aortic aneurysms.

Carol Lomneth, PhD

Basic Scientist.

Human anatomy, instrument development, surgical training.

Robert Bowen, MD

Forensic pathologist.

Forensic pathology, cytopathology, clinical pathology and anatomical pathology.    


Kaspars Maleckis, PhD

Biomedical engineer.

Development of nanostructured biomaterials and biomimetic vascular graft materials; Characterization of cardiovascular materials and endovascular devices; Electrospinning of biological and synthetic polymer nanofibers; Mechanical and structural characterization of individual nanofibers.


Nebraska Organ Recovery System (NORS)

NORS is a federally designated organ procurement organization for Nebraska and Pottawattamie County in Iowa. They are a not-for-profit agency responsible for the evaluation, recovery, preservation, coordination, and distribution of all solid organs, as well as bone, tendon, heart valves, and connective tissue for transplantation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Research Resident


Paul Aylward, MD

General Surgery Resident

Femoropopliteal artery endovascular repair outcomes 


Research Associates

Silvie Sim

Sylvie Sim, MSE.

Research engineer.

Biodynamic characterization of human arteries; tissue engineering; cell and tissue viability; lab management

Current Student Trainees

Eric Anttila

Engineering Graduate Student, UNL, 2015-present

Comparative analysis of stents under limb flexion induced loadings in human femoropopliteal arteries

Majid Jadidi Miandashti

Engineering Graduate Student, UNL, 2016-present

Vascular mechanics

Courtney Keiser

Engineering Graduate Student, UNL, 2018-present

Synthetic vascular prosthesis

Thomas Kalil

Engineering/Biology Student, Notre Dame/UNO, 2017-present

Vascular device testing and data acquisition/processing 


Nick Phillips

2012-2015 Mechanical testing of arteries; assessment of femoropopliteal artery deformations; morphometry characterization

Grant Bowen

2014, 2015 Mechanical testing of arteries and data analysis; histological analysis; measurements of arterial retractions

Sheridan Nusz

2014, 2015 Mechanical testing of arteries and data analysis; manufacturing of arterial markers; morphometry analysis; lab supply management; histological analysis; 3D image reconstructions

Joseph Marion

2015 Morphometric characterization of long-term trauma stent-graft effects

Patrick Kirkland

2015 Morphometric characterization of long-term trauma stent-graft effects

Nick Bohlim

2015 Mechanical characterization of atherosclerotic plaques

Maheen Akhter

2015 Physical model of the femoropopliteal artery

Katherine Thorson

2015 Morphometry characterization

Micah Adamson

2013, 2014 Morphometry characterization

Tom Knowles                 

2013, 2014 Morphometry characterization
Jamil Neme 2013, 2014 Morphometry characterization

Justin Kitson

2013, 2014 Mechanical testing of arteries; histological analysis; laboratory management

Austin Reilly

2015 Morphometry characterization

Peter Adamson

2015 Histopathology characterization

William Poulson, MD

2015-2017 Assessment of limb flexion-induced deformations; development of a perfused cadaver model; mechanical testing of arteries; vascular and endovascular devices and techniques.   

Andreas Seas

2014-2018 Computational characterization of arterial tissue; data analysis and reduction algorithms; image analysis and quantification algorithms.