People

William R Wagner, PhD
Principal Investigator

Honors and Awards
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Sang-Ho Ye, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Honors and Awards
yes@upmc.edu

 

Antonio D'Amore, MSE, MS (IT), MS (UK), DIC, PhD
Research Assistant Professor

Honors and Awards
and78+@pitt.edu 

 

Xinzhu Gu, PhD
Post Doctoral Fellow

Honors and Awards
gux2@upmc.edu

 

Yasumoto Matsumura, MD
International Post Doctoral Associate

matsumuray@upmc.edu

 

Shinichi Higuchi, MD
Visiting Scholar

higuchis@upmc.edu

 

Hongbin Jiang, MD
Staff Surgeon

jiangh@upmc.edu

 

Yingqi Chen
Academic Health Sciences Research Fellow

Honors and Awards
cheny12@upmc.edu

 

Samuel Luketich
Graduate Student

skl13@pitt.edu 

 

Giorgio Menallo
Doctoral Student

Giorgio.menallo@gmail.com 

 

Drake Pedersen
Doctoral Student

drake.pedersen@pitt.edu 

 

Michael Luketich
Undergraduate Student

mel123@pitt.edu 

 

Vera Kucharski, BS, BA, MBA
Managing Editor
Acta Biomaterialia

vkucharski@actamaterialia.org

 

Jennifer Malandro, BS
Editorial Assistant
Acta Biomaterialia

malandrojj@upmc.edu
 

Julia Bennett, BS
Editorial Assistant
Acta Biomaterialia

bennettje@upmc.edu

 

Jodi Fowler, BS, MS
Editorial Assistant
Acta Biomaterialia

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Richard Hoff, BS, MPM, MA
Engineering Research Center
Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials
Program Coordinator

hoffr2@upmc.edu
 

Mary Jo Dorsey, PhD
Research Project Administrator

dorseym@upmc.edu

Alumni

Former Post-Doctoral and Research Fellows:

Jian Wu, PhD (2010-2015) Research Assistant Professor, (project: Bioengineered human corneal stromal tissue).

Venkat Shankarraman, PhD (2010-2013) Post-Doctoral Associate (2013-2016) Research Associate (project: Biocompatibility of ventricular assist devices and membrane oxygenators).

Tomo Yoshizumi, MD(2012-2014) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Evaluation of biodegradable elastomers in vivo).

Takafumi Uchibori, MD(2013-2015) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Evaluation of biodegradable elastomers in skeletal muscle repair).

Hirokazu Sakaguchi, PhD (2012-2014) Visiting Scholar (project: Surface modification for improved blood biocompatibility).

Nicholas Amoroso, PhD (2013-2014) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Fabrication and analysis of complex electrospun scaffolds and constructs).

Jun Fang, MS (2012-2014) Research Fellow (project: Synthesis and characterization of biodegradable polyurethanes containing amino-acids for soft tissue engineering).

Kazuhiro Nonaka, PhD (2012-2014) Visiting Scholar (project: Electrospinning of polymer scaffolds with functional evaluation via image analysis).

Huili Fu, PhD (2011-2013) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Bioresponsive hydrogel development).

Yi Hong, PhD(2006-2008) Post-Doctoral Associate, (2008-2012) Research Assistant Professor (project: Biodegradable scaffolds for cardiovascular tissue engineering).

Keisuke Takanari, MD, PhD (2010-current) Post-Doctoral Associate (2011-2012) Research Assistant Professor (project: Evaluation of biodegradable elastomers in vivo).

Ryotaro Hashizume, MD (2007-2011) Post-Doctoral Associate (2011-2012) Visiting Research Instructor (project: Evaluation of biodegradable elastomers in vivo).

Timothy M. Maul, PhD (2007-2011) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Modeling and design of targeted ultrasound contrast agents).

Zuwei Ma, PhD(2007-2008) Post-Doctoral Associate, (2008-2011) Research Assistant Professor (project: Thermoresponsive hydrogel development).

Kazuro Fujimoto, MD, PhD(2002-2005) Post-Doctoral Associate, (2006-2008) Research Instructor, (2008-2010) Research Assistant Professor (project: Regenerative approaches to cardiac reconstruction).

Mustafa Kocakulak, PhD(2006-2008) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Biocompatibility analysis of an extracorporeal device for the removal of select cytokines from septic patients).

Trevor A. Snyder, PhD(2006-2007) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Development of biocompatible pediatric ventricular assist devices).

Xin Fan, PhD (2006) Post-Doctoral Associate (co-advisor), (project: Ultrasound contrast agent development).

Er-Xiong Lu, MD (2000-2005) Post-Doctoral Associate (co-advisor), (project: Targeted ultrasound contrast to detect cardiac allograft rejection).

Jianjun Guan, PhD (2000-2005) Post-Doctoral Associate, (2005-2007) Research Assistant Professor (project: Biodegradable polyurethanes for tissue engineering).

Matundu Felix, PhD (2002-2004) Post-Doctoral Associate (co-advisor), (project: Development of targeted ultrasound contrast agents).

Hideki Oshima, MD (2001-2004) Post-Doctoral Associate (co-advisor), (project: Muscle-derived stem cells for cardiac tissue engineering).

Yu Liu, MD (2002-2003) Post-Doctoral Associate (project: Intravascular targeted delivery of microspheres).

Haiyan Xu, PhD (1999-2000) Visiting Faculty Fellow, Peking Medical College (project: Characterization of proteins modified with poly(ethylene glycol)).

 

Completed Doctorates:

Yang Zhu, PhD (2015), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Biodegradable, thermally responsive injectable hydrogels for myocardial infarction treatment”
                        Current position: Post-doctoral fellow, University of Pittsburgh
                        2015 – First Prize, 10th “Chunhui Cup” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition for Chinese Overseas
                        Students, North America Division
                        2016 – Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Graduate Design and Research Award, Minneapolis, MN

Megan Jamiolkowski, PhD (2015), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Biocompatibility analysis of a pediatric ventricular assist device”
                        2012 - American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Paul S. Malchewsky Fellowship Awards
                        2011 – National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention
                        2010-2011 – Westinghouse Electric Company Award, ARCS Foundation
                        Cellular Approaches to Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Program (CATER), T32, University of
                        Pittsburgh

Joshua R. Woolley, PhD (2014), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Immunological and hemostatic responses to ventricular assist device support”
                        Current position: Clinical Affairs Specialist, Berlin Heart Inc., Woodlands, TX
                        2007 – ASAIO Top Student Abstract Finalist
                        2007 – Recipient of Travel Award, Gordon Research Conference
                        2007-2009 – Treasurer, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) For
                        Young Innovators Executive Committee
                        2007 – American Society for Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) Paul S. Malchewsky Fellowship Award
                        2007-present – Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program Trainee, T32 NIH Grant
                        2009 – Recipient of Travel Award, Gordon Research Conference

Nicholas J. Amoroso, PhD (2013), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Fabrication and Analysis of Complex Electrospun Scaffolds and Constructs”
                        Current position: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh,
                        Pittsburgh, PA
                        2010 – Young Investigator Award Finalist, 4th Biennial Heart Valve Biology
                        and Tissue Engineering Meeting

Devin Nelson, PhD (2012), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Controlled Drug Delivery from Biomaterials Used for Cardiac Repair”
                        Current position: Product Specialist, W.L. Gore and Associates, Flagstaff, AZ
                        2007 – ASAIO Fellowship
                        2007 – University of Pittsburgh Department of Bioengineering Fellowship
                        2008-present – Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program Trainee, T32 NIH Grant

Carl A. Johnson, (MD)/PhD (2010), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Preclinical Biocompatibility Assessment of Pediatric Ventricular Assist Devices”
                        2003, 2007, 2009 - Gordon Research Conferences Travel Fellowship (Assisted Circulation
                        Conference)
                        2003-2004 - NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Trainee
                        2004 - University of Pittsburgh School of Engineering Dean’s Fellowship
                        2006 - Outstanding Poster Presentation in Group, ASAIO Annual Conference
                        2007-2009 - UNCF-Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship
                        2007 - Department of Bioengineering Outstanding Teaching Assistant
                        2009 - American Society for Artificial Internal Organs Fellowship

Priya Ramaswami-Baraniak, PhD (2008) Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Controlled Release from a Biodegradable Elastomer for Applications in Cardiovascular
                        Regenerative Medicine”

                        Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, The Wallace H. Coulter Dept of Biomedical Engineering,
                        Georgia Institute of Technology/Emory University
                        2003, 2005 - MIGS-Net (Local Graduate Student Organization) National Meeting Travel Awards
                        2004 - Second Place, Graduate Student Presentations, Annual Department of Pathology Retreat
                        2007 - TERMIS North America Conference NIH Travel Award

Alexa A. Polk, PhD (2006) Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Development of a biohybrid lung"
                        Current position: Clinical Engineer, Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, WA
                        2001 - Student Travel Award, ASAIO Annual Conference
                        2003 - MIGS-Net (Local Graduate Student Organization) National Meeting Travel Award
                        2003 - 2004 - NIH “CATER” T32 Fellow
                        2005 - 2006 - University of Pittsburgh Provost’s Fellow
                        2005 - Student Travel Award, ASAIO Annual Conference
                        2006 - Outstanding Poster Presentation in Group, ASAIO Annual Conference

John J. Stankus, PhD (2006) Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Functional elastomeric scaffold development for tissue engineering”
                        Current position: Senior Research Scientist, Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA
                        2001 - Dean’s Fellowship
                        2002 - Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
                        2002 - 2004 - NIH (T32) Biotechnology Training Fellowship,
                        2004 - McGowan Institute Travel Award
                        2004 - McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Retreat Poster Award

Trevor A. Snyder, PhD (2006) Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Preclinical biocompatibility assessment of cardiovascular devices”
                        Current position: Research Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, Department of Surgery
                        1999, 2000, 2001 - ASAIO Biomedical Engineering Student Fellowship Award
                        2002 - First place, Malchesky ASAIO Student Abstract Competition
                        2003 - First place, Society for Biomaterials Cardiovascular Biomaterials Special Interest Group
                        Student Abstract Competition

Kenneth L. Gage, (MD)/PhD (2006), Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: Development of computational mass and momentum transfer models for extracorporeal
                        hollow fiber membrane oxygenators”

                        Current position: Radiology residency, The Johns Hopkins University.
                        1998 - Best Graduate Student Poster, Univ. of Pittsburgh BMES Student Symposium
                        1998 - Biomedical Engineering Student Fellowship, American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
                        1998-2002 - Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, Krell Institute, U.S. Department of Energy
                        1999 - Wellington C. Carl Engineering Scholarship, Department of Chemical Engineering
                        2001 - Coro Pittsburgh Health Sciences Fellowship, Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Coro Center
                        for Civic Leadership
                        2002 - Best Senior Graduate Student Poster, MD/PhD Program Retreat

Timothy E. Deglau, PhD (2005) Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Surface modified vascular tissue for targeted drug delivery”
                        Current position: Senior Field Clinical Engineer, Medtronic Corp.
                        2000 - Travel Fellowship, Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting
                        2000 - ASAIO Biomedical Engineering Student Fellowship
                        2003 - McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine Retreat Poster Award

Gregory E. Weller, (MD)/PhD (2003), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Development and characterization of ultrasound contrast media targeted to
                        dysfunctional cardiovascular tissue”

                        Current position: Resident in Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
                        1999-2000 - Pre-doctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate
                        2003 - First Place, American Heart Association Fellows’ Research Day

Carl R. Wilhelm, PhD (2000), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Mechanisms of thromboembolism in ventricular assist device patients”
                        Current position: Clinical Science Manager for Abbott Laboratories.

Richard D. Schaub, PhD (1999), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh.
                        Dissertation: “Development of a novel fiber optic probe for blood cell visualization”
                        Current position: Clinical Research Coordinator, Artificial Heart Program & Adjunct Assistant
                        Professor of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh.
                        1995 - First Place, Biomedical Engineering Society (Univ. of Pittsburgh) Symposium
                        1997 - National Institutes of Health T32 Training Fellowship
                        1997 - International Society for Artificial Organs Travel Grant
                        1997 - Koyanagi Young Investigator Award, International Society For Rotary Blood Pumps
                        1998 - ASAIO Biomedical Engineering Student Fellowship Award

Christopher R. Deible, (MD)/PhD (1998), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh
                        Dissertation: “Molecular barriers to thrombosis formed with protein reactive polyethylene glycol
                        Current position: Assistant Professor of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh.
                        1995-1997 - Pre-doctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association

 

Completed Master’s Students:

Erin L. Wacker Wolff, MS (2011), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: Hemostasis and anticoagulation monitoring during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in children).

Carl L. Engman, MS (2002), Bioengineering Department, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: Immunoprotection of pancreatic islets by covalent modification with PEG).

Susan J. Dadd, MS (1999) Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: Characterization of pancreatic islet modification with amine-reactive polyethylene glycol).

Janice Panza, MS (1997), Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: Strategies for covalent modification of the islets of Langerhans for possible immunoisolation).

Linda C. Baker, MS (1997), Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: Flow cytometric assays to detect platelet activation and microaggregates in device implanted calves).

Celeste J. Powell, MS (1997), Chemical Engineering Department, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: Covalent attachment of epidermal growth factor and gly-arg-gly-asp to surfaces to promote cell adhesion and spreading).

Ronald J. Jankowski, MS (1997), Bioengineering Program, University of Pittsburgh (thesis: The effect of retroviral transduction on human endothelial cell phenotype and adhesion to Dacron vascular grafts).

Hudson Tiffany, MS (1995), Bioengineering Program, University of  Pittsburgh (thesis: Surface bound thrombin on preclotted Dacron vascular grafts mediates platelet deposition).

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