• Asad M. Mirza | PhD Student

    BS Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

    My research focuses on optimizing transaortic valve replacement (TAVR) selection for a patient by conducting computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulations to identify the underlying fluid environment for a particular patient. This requires reconstruction of patient geometry from CT images, creation of the TAVR systems in CAD software, and simulation using ANSYS Mechanical/Fluent. Once complete this will assist cardiologist in selecting the TAVR system that best fits a patient in terms of valve function and in reducing the chance of subclinical thrombosis.


    • McNair Fellow
    • Braman Scholar
    • SGA Scholarship
    • Bright Futures Scholarship
    • FIU Presidential
    • PhD supplemental stipend award from the Koerner Family Foundation
  • Brittany A. Gonzalez | Post-Doctoral Associate

    BS Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, PhD Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

    My research focuses on creating an ideal tissue engineered heart valve (TEHV) for congenital heart valve defects. This entails stem cells, a bioscaffold and a bioreactor. Once completed, the TEHVs are implanted into a non-human primate model for investigation of functionality and growth of the valve.


    • NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellow
    • McKnight Doctoral Affiliate
    • Dissertation year fellowship (DYF)
  • Chia-Pei Denise Hsu | PhD Student

    BS & MS Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

    I am studying the Effects of steady and oscillatory flow on cardiovascular cell communication and phenotypic expression. Computational studies have shown certain flow profiles promote valvular and vascular tissue formation.  My research interest involves defining flow profiles that promote healthy and diseased cardiovascular phenotypes.

  • Manuel Perez | PhD Student

    BS Mechanical Engineering, MBA University of Miami; MS Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

    Current research efforts are focused on the development of a scale-able bioreactor system to pre-condition stem cells for exosome & cell therapy research. The bioreactor system is to be used in the development of future cardiovascular therapeutic products. Goals of the bioreactor system include the ability to test for exosome production, gene expression, stem cell differentiation and De Novo tissue development.


    • NSF I-Corps Grant Award (#1644603); served as lead entrepreneur on a funded NSF I-Corps grant directed towards the commercialization of cardiovascular tissue bioreactor.
  • Yih-Mei Lin | PhD Student

    BS, Nutrition China Medical University, Taiwan ; MS, Dietetics and Nutrition, Florida International University

    I currently work on characterizing the trophic factors of stem cell-derived exosomes from the conditioned media of a bioreactor technology. Mainly focused on exosomes isolation, protein quantification, proteomics, gene expression, and cytokines identification.

  • Amanda D. Barreto

    Undergraduate Student

    I am currently assisting in the CV-PEUTICS Lab with researching how subclinical aortic leaflet thrombosis develops in some patients that undergo transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and what would be the most effective preventive plan for such condition.


    • MARC U*STAR Fellowship
    • Coulter Undergraduate Research Excellence (CURE) Program
    • Norman Weldon Researcher Fellowship
    • Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors (ARCH) Program
  • Ariadna Herrera | Master's Student

    BS Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

    I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering and a Minor in Chemistry. Currently a part of the Coulter Undergraduate Research Excellence (CURE) Program. I will be involved in performing computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses to assist other experimental work done in the lab.

  • Elizabeth Cheng

    Undergraduate Student

    I am currently analyzing the regenerative context of oscillatory flow conditioning and gene expression of human bone marrow stem cells using the Bioflux system and RT-PCR, respectively.


    • Florida Bright Futures – Florida Academic Scholars Award
    • FIU Gold and Blue Achievement Award
  • Claudia Ponce Aportela

    Undergraduate Student

  • Paulina Alvarez

    Undergraduate Student


Graduate Students:

Alexander Williams, MS (Thesis)

Melake Tesfamariam, MS (Project)

Elnaz Pour Issa, MS (Project)

Alejandro Pinero, MS (Project)

Omkar Mankame, MS (Thesis)

Manuel Salinas, MS, PhD : First Position after graduating: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School. Currently Assistant Professor, College of Engineering, Nova Southeastern University, FL.

Rupak Dua, PhD : First Position after graduating: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute of Orthopedic Research and Education, Houston, TX. Currently Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Hampton University, VA.

Sasmita Rath, PhD: First Position after graduating: First Position after graduating: Scientist, Biomedical Device Start-Up, San Diego, CA. Currently: Research Scientist, San Diego State University

Makensley Lordeus, MS (Thesis)

Glenda Castellanos, MS Thesis

Abraham Alfonso, MS (Project)

Catalina Martinez, MS (Thesis)


Selected Undergraduate Students over the years:

Tisha Boodooram

Marcos Gonzalez-Perez

Reem Ekhraiwesh

Alexandria Tchir

Ahmed Ali

Haley Hendon

Robin Gomez

Andreas Rodrigues

Antonio Cuellar

Maria Montesinos

Nidhi Suthar

Denise Medina Almora

Ricardo Hausz

Luis Nassar

Luis Ramirez

Ana Villegas

Angie Estrada

Denise Stewart

Stephanie Van Gulden

Gina Brignola

Miguel Libera

Angela Henao

Jerry Centeno

Kamau Pier

Karla Landaburo

Mahreen Din