Welcome to CBTP

The Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh has been awarded a highly competitive Training Grant from the National Institutes of Health. For this grant, the Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program (CBTP), we seek to educate students interested in a career in the broad area of cardiovascular bioengineering and pursuing a PhD degree in bioengineering. The program is aimed at educating talented students from engineering and other quantitative sciences for careers in biomedical research in the cardiovascular area. Awardees will receive support in the form of a monthly stipend, tuition scholarship, health insurance, and travel budget.

Download the CBTP information pamphlet. (PDF) 

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Meet the Current Trainees
Robert researches new designs for vascular grafts, which are used for bypass, hemodialysis shunts, repair, and defect revision. His project is to develop a resorbable vascular graft that transforms into a new, living artery after being implanted inside the body.
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David is developing enzymatic coatings to increase the CO2 removal efficiency of artificial lungs and respiratory assist devices.
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Allison is studying the mechanisms underlying the interactions between mesenchymal stem cells and engineered polymer fibers to improve bone and cartilage tissue engineering.
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Kory is working on the development of a computational model of how a tissue engineered blood vessel grows and remodels. Once complete, this model will help drive the design of scaffolds used for tissue engineered blood vessels.
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Lisa’s research interests are focused on limb regeneration in response to controlled delivery of extracellular matrix (ECM) products, as well as the role of immune response in tissue remodeling.
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Xuan’s research interests broadly include the development of novel medical imaging technologies. More specifically, he works with Dr. Kang Kim to develop novel ultrasound-based medical imaging modalities for applications in cardiovascular disease.
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Richard is a third year graduate student in the Medical Devices Laboratory. His research interests include artificial lung technology and medical device development.
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Noah’s research involves a controlled delivery system for growth factors to repair and regenerate tissues. He is currently investigating the potential of growth factor therapy for post-heart attack cardiac repair, for bone and cartilage regeneration, and for dermal wound healing.
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Mark’s research focuses on the role of genes important for formation of the primary cilium. Mark specifically study’s the role of these genes in cellular mechanotransduction and signaling necessary for normal morphogenesis and homeostasis.
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Mr. Olia’s area of interest lies primarily in the design, optimization, and management of pediatric mechanical circulatory support systems. As a research scientist and clinical engineer, Mr. Olia identifies and addresses current limitations to maximize biocompatibility, usability, and the quality of life for patients with artificial heart devices.
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Rosa H. Rodriguez is part of the O'Donnell Laboratory. She studies left ventricular function and cardiac glycolytic metabolism in mouse models of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Obesity
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Jason is working in Dr. Kimimasa Tobita's laboratory studying cardiomyocyte differentiation from human skeletal muscle derived progenitor cells.
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William is senior graduate student currently exploring how novel regulation of the actin cytoskeleton affects endothelial cell migration in the context of angiogenesis
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Matthew Wolf is a graduate student in Dr. Stephen F. Badylak's lab, and is currently investigating the production and characterization of biologic scaffolds composed of cardiac and skeletal muscle extracellular matrix (ECM).
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Mr. Woolley’s research focuses on thrombogenesis in the setting of mechanical circulatory assist devices, with an emphasis on platelet and leukocyte interactions with ventricular assist devices (VADs) in adult and pediatric applications. Mr. Woolley's thesis combines novel in vitro thrombosis testing with long-term investigation of patients implanted with these devices.
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