Cardiovascular Imaging T32

Current Fellows

Gennifer Smith, PhD
9/1/2019 to 8/30/2020

Project: Risk Stratification of Atherosclerotic Plaques Through DNA Methylation Profiling

Mentors: Shan Wang, PhD, and Sarah Heilshorn, PhD

Fatemeh Ostadhossein, PhD
10/1/2019 to 9/30/2021

Project: Smart Nanoprobes for the Detection of Hypoxic Regions in Ischemia, Teratoma Formation, and Stem Cell Apoptosis

Mentor: Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

Sangkyun Cho, PhD
4/1/2019 to 3/31/2021

Project: Reversal of Myofibroblast Differentiation and Cardiac Fibrosis by Cooperative Chemo-mechanical Signaling

Mentors: Francois Haddad, MD, and Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

Rahel Woldeyes, PhD
9/1/2019 to 8/31/2021

Project: Visualizing the Structures and Subcellular Organization of Macromolecules Inside Cardiomyocytes Using Cryo-Electron Tomography

Mentor: Wah Chiu, PhD

Past Fellows

Adam Bush, PhD
07/01/2017 – 06/30/2019

Project: Cardiovascular Blood Oxygenation and flow MRI in Congenital Heart Disease Detection

Mentors: Shreyas Vasanawala, MD, and John Paul, PhD

David T. Paik, PhD
11/1/2016 - 10/31/2017

Project: To determine the effects of low-dose radiation on cellular responses in patients undergoing cardiac CTA; and determine novel gene expression signatures for radiosensitivity in response to low dose radiation.

Nicole De Jesus, PhD
1/1/2016 - 12/31/2017

Project: Tools for mending broken hearts: non-invasive imaging assessing stemcell based therapy for treatment post myocardial infarction and heart failure


Mirwais Wardak, PhD
8/3/2015 - 8/2/2017

Project: Methods to Enhance the Value of Positron Emission Tomography for Cardiac Disease Detection and Therapy Monitoring

Edward Lau, PhD
2/1/2017 - 6/30/2017

Project: Leveraging mass spectrometry-based imaging modalities to visualize the localization and expression of cell-surface protein markers on iPSC-CM in the context of in vitro iPSC-CM maturation.

Ian Ying-Li Chen, MD, PhD
7/1/2014 - 12/31/2016

Project: A Novel Split Reporter Strategy for Interrogating the Regulation of SNAP29 Homodimerization in Starvation-Induced Autophagy

Sandra DePorter, PhD
9/22/2014 - 8/31/2016

Project: Engineered Multispecific Proteins to Target Angiogenesis and Inflammation for Diagnosis and Treatment of Vascular Diseases

Hossein Bahrami, MD, PhD
7/1/2013 - 8/31/2015

Project: Inflammatory Markers Associated with Subclinical Coronary Artery Disease in HIV Infected Patients

Nicholas Mordwinkin, PhD
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2014

Project: Modeling diabetic cardiomyopathy mechanism using human pluripotent stem cells

Mai T. Lam, PhD
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013

Project: Optimizing Cardiac Stem Cell Therapy Using Bioengineering Approaches and Molecular Imaging

Raiyan T. Zaman, PhD
10/1/2011 - 9/30/2013

Project: Catheter-based optical imaging system to detect 18F-FDG in atherosclerotic plaque

Paul Kim, PhD
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013

Project: In-Vivo Manganese-Enhanced MRI of Embryonic Stem Cell Viability in Murine Myocardial Injury 

Catherine N. Dao, MD
7/13/2009 - 7/12/2011

Project: 3D Echo and Cardiac CT evaluation of the aortic valve/root in patients undergoing surgical and percutaneous aortic valve replacement

Hadas Shiran, MD
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013

Project: Non-invasive assessment of the aortic wall in patients with Marfan syndrome to optimize timing of intervention 

Hochong H. Wu, PhD
10/1/2009 - 9/30/2011

Project: Accelerated MRI acquisition techniques to provide 3D whole-heart cardiac and coronary imaging

Natesh Parashurama, MD, PhD
7/1/2009 - 6/30/2011

Project: Quantitative multimodality molecular imaging of spatiotemporally regulated cardiac stem cell function

Ryan Spilker, PhD
7/1/2009 - 5/20/2011

Project: Predicting outcomes of extracranial-to-intracranial bypass in Moyamoya with MRI and patient-specific hemodynamic models