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 to support a distinctive doctoral training program. Our Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program (CBTP) educates talented students from engineering and other quantitative sciences for careers in cardiovascular biomedical research. As part of the CBTP, we are actively soliciting applicants interested in a career in the broad area of cardiovascular bioengineering to pursue a PhD degree in bioengineering at Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering.

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Salem Alkhateeb
Meet the Current Trainees

Mr. Alkhateeb's research is focused on developing and designing coil system arrays for spinal cord and Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) technique for ultra-high field MRI at 7 Tesla.

Edgar Aranda-Michel
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Mr. Aranda-Michel works on developing novel cardaic assist devices. Specificially, the lab is developing a soft robotic sleeve to be powered by our muscle energy convertor.

Ali Behrangzade
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Mr. Behrangzade's research is related to functional tissue-engineered vascular grafts (TEVGs) that will be used in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

Madeline Cramer
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Ms. Cramer’s research focuses on the role of extracellular matrix associated Interleukin-33 in cardiac repair following myocardial infarction.

Daniel Crompton
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Mr. Crompton’s work revolves around how the addition of nanomolar concentrations of drag reducing polymers (DRPs) modulate both rigid and deformable blood cell traffic in bifurcating microchannels and microvessels.

Ronald Fortunato
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Mr. Fortunato's research involves modeling of soft tissue biomechanics to better understand tissue function and effect of pathology.

Brian Martin
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Mr. Martin's research is focused on understanding relaxin as a therapy for cardiovascular disease, such as heart failure and atrial fibrillation.

Alexandra May
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Ms. May’s research is focused on further developing the adult low-flow extracorporeal CO2 removal (ECCO2R) and the pediatric full respiratory support applications of the Modular Extracorporeal Lung Assist System (ModELAS).

Christopher Reyes
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Mr. Reyes’s research focuses on understanding regulation of mitochondrial function within the vasculature by molecular and biomechanical cues of the vessel wall.

Soroosh Sanatkhani
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Mr. Sanatkhani’s ongoing research is focused on hemodynamics indices and shape-based models of left atrial appendage (LAA) to enhance stroke prediction in atrial fibrillation (AF).

Gary Yu
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Mr. Yu's current research focuses on development and characterization of ultrasound-targeted microbubble cavitation therapy (UTMC), which involves ultrasound stimulation of injected lipid microbubbles. 

Salem Alkhateeb Edgar Aranda-Michel Ali Behrangzade Madeline Cramer Daniel Crompton Ronald Fortunato Brian Martin Alexandra May Christopher Reyes Soroosh Sanatkhani Gary Yu