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.

Abigail Allen
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Ms. Allen's research focuses on the role of variable pfn1 expression in vascularization, and how this influences angiogenesis and, potentially, immune recruitment to sites of damage.

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.

Matthew Borrelli
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Mr. Borrelli’s research focus is to design new therapies to treat cardiac remodeling following myocardial infarction.

Ya-Wen Cheng
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Ms. Cheng is interested in how endothelial cells response to biomechanical and biochemical cues in their microenvironment.

Chris Cover
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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.

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.

Mark Friethaler
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Haley Fuller
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Ms. Fuller’s research focus is to develop an organ-on-a-chip device that recapitulates lung physiology and PAH pathogenesis to study the progression of disease. 

Ande Greco
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Katelin Omecinski
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Ms. Omecinski’s research focuses on the development of the The Modular Extracorporeal Lung Assist System (ModELAS), which is is a compact artificial lung that combines a blood pump and gas exchanging hollow fiber membrane.

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).

Danial Sharifikia
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Mr. Sharifikia’s research is focused on right ventricular (RV) biomechanics in pulmonary hypertension (PH). 

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 Abigail Allen Edgar Aranda-Michel Ali Behrangzade Matthew Borrelli Ya-Wen Cheng Chris Cover Madeline Cramer Ronald Fortunato Mark Friethaler Haley Fuller Ande Greco Katelin Omecinski Soroosh Sanatkhani Danial Sharifikia Gary Yu