CARE Program: Training Faculty

  • Geoffrey Abbott
    Ph.D., Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biophysics

    Dr. Abbott’s research program focuses on ion channel physiology, pathophysiology. In particular, a major focus is elucidating the role of KCNE subunits in cardiac physiology, and exploring roles for these proteins in both electrical and structural aspects of cardiac health and disease.
  • Elliot Botvinick
    Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Surgery, School of Medicine

    Dr. Botvinick’s research program focuses on cellular and tissue biomechanics, mechano-transduction, and vascular mechanobiology. Applications include capillary morphogenesis, wound healing, the mechanics of Notch signaling, and smooth muscle cell differentiation.
  • Zhongping Chen
    Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Chen’s research program focuses on microfabrication, fiber-optic based imaging, intravascular imaging, and optical coherence tomography. In particular, Dr. Chen has have developed several endoscopic and intravascular rotational and linear 2-D probes for OCT and MPM imaging.
  • Bernard Choi
    Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Surgery, School of Medicine

    Dr. Choi’s research program focuses on in vivo optical imaging, microvasculature, and therapeutic monitoring. His group uses camera-based imaging modalities, such as Wide-field Functional Imaging (WiFI) to enable noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring of biological tissue.
  • Anna Grosberg
    Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Grosberg’s research program focuses on cardiomyocyte biology, biomechanics, systems biology and mathematical modeling.
  • James Hicks
    Ph.D., Professor, Department Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Dr. Hick’s research program focuses on comparative cardiopulmonary physiology, intracardiac shunting, cardiovascular regulation, and hypoxia. More recent areas of interest also include acclimatization to hypoxia and the effects of gravity on the vertebrate cardiovascular system.
  • Christopher CW Hughes
    Ph.D., Director & Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Hughes’s research program focuses on endothelial cell biology, immune responses, angiogenesis, and tissue engineering. His group is particularly interested in the role of pericytes in stabilizing newly formed vessels, and how these cells can be exploited for translational applications.
  • Arash Kheradvar
    M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Kheradvar’s research program focuses on cardiac mechanics, cardiac imaging, cardiovascular devices, structural heart defects. He has made seminal contributions in understanding cardiovascular vortex formation, and more recently has developed an interest in heart valve engineering.
  • Michelle Khine
    Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Khine’s research program focuses on microfluidics; microsystems for stem cell differentiation, and cardiomyocyte differentiation. She is particularly interested in developing easy and inexpensive methods microfabrication that have strong translational potential.
  • Wendy Liu
    Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

    Dr. Liu’s research program focuses on cell and tissue engineering, biomaterials, microfabrication, cardiovascular device design and immune response. Her group studies how microenvironmental cues regulate cell behavior in order to better understand and treat diseases of the cardiovascular system.
  • Bruce Tromberg
    Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Director, Laser Microbeam and Medical Program, Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, School of Medicine

    Dr. Tromberg’s research program focuses on lasers, near infrared spectroscopy, vascular mechanics, tissue oxygenation, non-invasive diagnostics, and photomedicine. His group has made seminal contributions in the area of diffuse optical spectroscopy and non-linear microscopy.