Graduate Research Opportunities

Fall 2023 Graduate Openings

Medical Imaging and Bioinformatics

  • Zack Cleveland,
    • Project Focus: developing and applying MRI technology for understanding cardiopulmonary physiology and pathophysiology [asthma, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), pulmonary hypertension, and cystic fibrosis (CF)] 
  • Kelly Cohen,
    • Project Focus: use predictive analytics to personalize treatments for mental health disorders and diseases (bipolar, concussion, PTSD, and pain management)
  • Lili He,
    • Project Focus: use computer science, biomedical imaging, diagnostic radiology, and biostatistics to develop Artificial Intelligence enhanced Computer-Aided Diagnosis (AI-CAD) systems to facilitate major breakthroughs in the medical field
  • Doug Mast,
    • Project Focus: examine the motion of the tongue and other vocal tract structures using complex, ultrasound-tracking to create simplified real-time biofeedback displays to characterize dysfunction and guide patients to correct patterns
    • Project Focus: create echo decorrelation imaging maps for heat-induced tissue death in real time to enable real-time control of radiofrequency ablation and microwave ablation for liver cancer and arrhythmia treatment.
  • Jing Tang,
    • Project Focus: use machine learning methodologies to help with the creation of PET images and improve the analysis of the final images

Medical Devices

  • Leyla Esfandiari,
    • Project Focus: characterize small extracellular vesicles (exosomes) based on their unique dielectric properties and examine the exosomes’ molecular compositions and functionalities
  • Jason Heikenfeld,
    • Project Focus: create real time continuous monitoring devices for tracking metabolites associated with chronic diseases 

Regenerative Medicine and Biomechanics

  • Alister Bates,
    • Project Focus: examine the relationship between airway anatomy, movement, and airflow in patients with various airway diseases such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and tracheomalacia
  • Kostantinos Drosatos,
    • Project Focus: examining the cellular signaling and molecular biology of cardiac and systemic metabolic pathways
  • Olga Liaudanskaya,
    • Project Focus: understanding how the molecular machinery leads to neurodegeneration as a result of traumatic brain injury
  • John Martin,
    • Project Focus: develop a novel hydrogel to prevent premature fusion of one or more of the connecting sutures in the infant skull
  • Liran Oren,
    • Project Focus: acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability of the upper airway
  • Stacey Schutte,
    • Project Focus: develop an innervated skin model to study chronic pain and itch