Dr. Marina Kameneva is a Research Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, and Director of the Artificial Blood Program at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Kameneva received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Mathematics and Mechanics at Moscow State University (former Soviet Union) and subsequently worked at the Research Institute of Mechanics, Moscow State University. After emigration to the United States, Dr. Kameneva joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh as a Visiting Scientist of the Artificial Heart and Lung Program and was appointed as a Research Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1996, as a Research Associate Professor of Surgery in 2000, and as Research Professor of Surgery and Bioengineering in 2006.
Dr. Kameneva's major areas of expertise are biorheology, hemorheology, macro- and microhemodynamics, drag-reducing polymers (DRPs) and their potential biomedical applications, and mechanical blood trauma in artificial organs. Her current research interests include:
Basic rheological phenomena in normal and pathological blood
Artificial blood and drag reducing polymer (DRP) hemodynamic phenomena
Effects of DRPs on blood circulation specifically related to their ability to modulate traffic of a blood cell in microvessels
Application of DRPs to reduce ischemia/reperfusion injury and inflammation
Application of the DRPs for preventing extravasation of the circulating tumor cells
Modification of RBCs for potential treatment of sickle cell disease
Effects of blood storage on rheological modification of erythrocytes
Mechanisms of blood trauma in artificial organs
Development of pediatric ventricular assist devices (VADs) and their in vitro and in vivo evaluation
Dr. Kameneva is the first or corresponding author of over 400 peer reviewed journal articles, conference/symposia proceedings, and abstracts, as well as several book chapters and monographs in the areas of Fluid Mechanics, Bioengineering, and Biorheology.
Currently, as a Director of the Hemorheology, Hemodynamics and Artificial Blood Research Laboratory, Dr. Kameneva is working with her research team and collaborators on a variety of projects ranging from the testing of new medical devices to performing theoretical and experimental research related to novel rheological methods for potential treatment of various acute and chronic diseases related to inflammation and ischemia/reperfusion injury.
Dr. Kameneva was/is a PI and Co-PI of many federal and private foundation grants. She serves on the Editorial Board of the ASAIO Journal since 1996. Dr. Kameneva is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering since 2002. She is an invited speaker at many national and international conferences and symposia.
View a list of selected Dr. Kameneva’s publications here.