Potential Mentors in the NIH T32 Doctoral Training Program

A brief description of the UTA/UTSW faculty members who play major parts in the NIH T32 training program is specified below in alphabetical order.

Yuze "Alice" Sun

(Ph.D., Assistant Professor, EE, UTA): Sun has established a highly interdisciplinary research lab and education programs at the crossroad of photonics, micro/nanofluidics, nanotechnologies, and biomedicine. Her current research focuses on optofluidic sensing, nanophotonics, biophotonics, microfluidics/lab-on-a-chip, and bioinspired photonics and engineering, with a goal to develop innovative methodologies and enabling technologies to advance biomedical diagnostics and sensing in healthcare.

Yuze "Alice" Sun Profile

Asaithamby Aroumougame

(Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology, UTSW): Dr. Aroumougame has been working on the molecular, cellular and biochemical aspects of cellular responses as well as simple and complex DNA double-strand breaks induced by ionizing radiation. He has also been systematically investigating how cardiomyocytes respond to DNA lesions induced by mitochondria and myocardial ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury and whether ROS scavengers can protect mitochondrial and myocardial ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury induced cardiomyocyte damage in different age-groups of mouse hearts.

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Michael Cho

(Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Cho is an established scientist in stem cell tissue engineering and biomechanics. His expertise includes designing and applying biomaterials to functionalize engineered tissues. His laboratory developed various scaffolds to optimize stem cell differentiation and different implantable acellular synthetic scaffolds to entice cell migration from the host.

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Hak Choy

(M.D., Professor and Chair, Radiation Oncology, UTSW): Since the beginning of his academic career over 20 years ago, Dr. Choy has been committed to research in therapeutic interventions for cancer, specifically in the development of new combined chemo-radiation interventions for solid tumors such as non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Recently, Dr. Choy's focus has broadened to explore the current advanced technology in radiation oncology. He is the PI of a large multi-investigator grant titled "Technology-Directed Advances in Radiation Therapy of Lung Cancer."

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Paul J. Fadel

(Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Director of Nursing Clinical Translational Science, UTA): Dr. Fadel has been running a research program focused on the investigation of sympathetic control of circulation at rest and during exercise in human health and disease for the past eleven years. He has performed many animal and human studies to identify targets for the development of therapeutic strategies aimed at minimizing and protecting against the deleterious consequence of high sympathetic outflow and vascular dysfunction.

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Georgios Alexandrakis

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Alexandrakis has research experience in a wide range of optical imaging and sensing applications for biological problems, from the tissue level down to the single molecule level. He has collaborated with Drs. Delgado and Goldberg at UTSW. Dr. Alexandrakis currently pursues the development of optical imaging methods, especially functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) that use light to map tissue functions for his work at the tissue level.

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Yaowu Hao

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, UTA): Dr. Hao has extensive experience in nanoparticle synthesis. In the last ten years, the research activities in Dr. Hao's group have been focused on producing novel gold and magnetic nanostructures for biomedical applications. Dr. Hao will be involved with using magnetic gold hybrid nanoparticles as theranostic agents for imaging-guided cancer treatments and nanoparticles for disease imaging and detection.

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Hesham A. Sadek

(M.D. & Ph.D., Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, UTSW): Dr. Sadek has studied redox biology, heart failure and cardiomyocyte cell cycle regulation. His background in redox biology, cardiology and cell cycle regulation puts me in a strong position to achieve the goal of this proposal. Currently, the major focus of my laboratory is to study regulation of cardiomyocyte cell cycle, and the role of DNA damage in regulation of cardiomyocyte growth and turnover.

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Yi Hong

(Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Hong has extensive experience in designing and developing nano-structural scaffolds for tissue repair and regeneration, and nanoparticles for drug delivery and bio-imaging applications, which are used for the treatment and detection of cardiovascular disease, lung disorders and cancers.

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Connie C.W. Hsia

(M.D., Professor, Internal Medicine, UTSW): Dr. Hsia is a pulmonary care physician and an established scientist with expertise in pulmonary physiology and structural biology. Her research centers on the mechanisms of compensatory growth and remodeling in the adult lung. Her ongoing projects also examine approaches to augment the innate potential for regenerative lung growth following the loss of lung units and during exposure to high altitude or chronic hypoxia. Her laboratory further explores different approaches from cell and molecular biology to morphometry, in vivo imaging, and physiologic lung function testing in large and small animal models of induced lung growth.

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Justyn Jaworski

(Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Jaworski has research experience in the engineering of molecular recognition elements for chemical sensing and molecular probes as well as the development of processing techniques for realizing functional soft matter systems for biomedical applications. Currently his lab is conducting screening and refinement of small antibody mimics for molecular targeting relevant to cancer and atherosclerosis.

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Kemp Kernstine

(M.D. & Ph.D., Thoracic Surgeon, Professor and Chief of Thoracic Surgery Division, UTSW): Dr. Kernstine, a dedicated thoracic surgeon, has about 20 years of experience in minimally invasive and robotic thoracic surgery procedures. He has lectured on different robotic chest techniques and served as an instructor to surgeons and new surgical programs worldwide. His research interests focus on the surgical management of a wide spectrum of benign and malignant diseases of the chest, molecular early diagnosis, staging and evaluation of thoracic malignancies, including lung cancer and esophageal cancer, and surgical approaches for lung cancers, esophageal cancer, thoracic cancer and other disorders.

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Kytai T. Nguyen

(Ph.D., Professor and Graduate Advisor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Nguyen is an established scientist in nanomaterials and nanostructure scaffolds for tissue engineering applications and nanoparticles for detection and treatment of various diseases, including cancers and cardiovascular and lung disorders. Her group also has extensive research experience in the development of nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. She has worked with several collaborators to develop and use nanoparticles for enhancing lung regeneration and facilitating in situ endothelialization.

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Juhyun Lee

(Ph.D., Assistant professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Lee is leading a team studying biomechanical mechanisms of cardiac development and regeneration with multidisciplinary approach. His research interest is also developing new optical image system to understand a deeper understanding of cardiac disease processes such as non-compaction cardiomyopathy.

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Jun Liao

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Liao has a research background in soft tissue biomechanics and tissue engineering. His research interest is to better understand the role of biomechanics in maintaining optimal tissue performance in physiological conditions and biomechanical abnormality in diseased conditions. The hope is to apply the gained biomechanical knowledge and novel bioengineering means to better design medical interventions. His research directions focus on cardiovascular tissue biomechanics, tissue engineering, and soft tissue mechanics/computational modeling.

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Jacques Lux

(Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Radiology & Assistant Director of the TRUST Program, UTSW): Dr. Lux has research experience in materials science, nanomedicine and medical imaging including MRI, PET, optical imaging and ultrasound imaging. Dr. Lux is the assistant director of the Translational Research in Ultrasound Theranostics (TRUST) program and his primary research interest is to develop and translate theranostic agents to diagnose and/or treat disease specifically cancer. Currently his lab focuses on two main research topics: bioresponsive nanomaterials for in vivo detection of disease and therapy & targeted and activatable ultrasound contrast agents.

Jacques Lux Profile

Ralph P. Mason

(Ph.D., Professor of Radiology & Director of the Cancer Imaging Center, UTSW): Dr. Mason has over 25 years of experience in cancer imaging, therapy, and tumor pathophysiology. Dr. Mason's primary research interest is prognostic radiology - developing and implementing methods for predicting optimal cancer therapy and assessing early response to treatment. Dr. Mason is the director of the Small Animal Imaging Research Program (SAIRP), which serves as a core of the Cancer Center Support Grant (P30), and consists of a team of experts who advise on diverse imaging techniques and modalities including optical, ultrasound, MRI, and radionuclides. Notably, Dr. Mason has access to state of the art imaging infrastructure and tumor models, which are often less readily available at UTA.

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Hyejin Moon

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE), UTA): Dr. Moon's research focuses on the development of microfluidic devices for various applications including chemical separation, purification, sensing and analysis, biological assay, tissue-based biochemical analysis and heat transfer. Her research also covers multi-scale modeling such as heat and mass transfer in chemical and biological processes.

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Debabrata Saha

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology, UTSW): Dr. Saha has been working in the field of radiation biology for more than 12 years, and is an expert specifically in the area of tumor radio-resistance. He has also developed several animal models for image guided radiotherapy for various cancers, including lung and prostate cancers. Currently, his laboratory is studying a novel function of tumor suppressor protein DAB2IP on chromosomal instability (CIN) in cancers.

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Subhash Banerjee

(M.D., Interventional Cardiology Surgeon, Professor of Medicine & Co-Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, UTSW/VA Hospital): Dr. Banerjee is an interventional cardiologist with expertise in the treatments of cardiovascular diseases, including angioplasty and stenting. In addition, he actively participates in many clinical studies associated with cardiovascular interventions. Dr. Banerjee will contribute to the research and training efforts, especially those associated with treatments of cardiovascular diseases and translational sciences associated with cardiovascular diseases.

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Liping Tang

(Ph.D., Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Tang's research interests cover a broad area of biocompatibility, biomaterials, inflammation, infection, stem cells, wound healing and cancer therapy. In addition, Dr. Tang's group is actively working on the development of bioactive materials and drug delivery nanomaterials, which enhance tissue regeneration associated with a variety of diseases.

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Young-Tae Kim

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Kim has research experience in various tissue engineering applications. He is currently investigating the effect of nerve stimulation parameters on blood pressure in order to develop various closed-loop control systems using his implantable/removable FlexmCEA (flexible polymer microchannel electrode array) for sustainable reduction of hypertension via electrical stimulation. Prof. Kim will be contributing to the research training in basic and translational sciences associated with cardiovascular and lung diseases, especially in the field of Bioelectronic medicine (i.e., enabled blood pressure modulation via implantable device).

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Baohong Yuan

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Bioengineering, UTA): Dr. Yuan is in his early career development in the field of biomedical imaging, specifically biomedical optical and ultrasonic imaging. Currently, his main research interest is in the development of an ultrasound-switchable fluorescence (USF) technique for imaging deep-tissue micro-events with super-high resolution.

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Weidong Zhou

(Ph.D., Professor, EE, UTA): Dr. Zhou has been working on various active research projects in the areas of photonic crystal infrared photodetectors/sensors, silicon based detectors, modulators, bio-inspired photonics, semiconductor nanomembranes, quantum dots, and other nanoscale structures. In addition to material and device research, he also has industrial experience on integrated lasers and detectors for optical communication systems.

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Robert M. Brothers

(Ph.D., Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Nursing, UTA): Dr. Brothers' research focuses on mechanisms of neural and hormonal control of cardiac as well as peripheral and cerebral vascular functions in healthy individuals and populations with elevated cardiovascular/metabolic disease risks. In addition, his laboratory investigates the impact of lifestyle interventions on these impairments.

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Marco A.P. Brotto

(Ph.D., Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the PhD Nursing Program, UTA): Dr. Brotto is the director of the doctoral nursing program at UTA. He has been studying muscle functions in a number of in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo models, including a host of cell lines, primary cells, animal models, and human subjects. On the clinical-translational front, his group was the first to propose the identification of serum biomarkers for the risk of falls and exercise efficiency in older adults.

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Wei Chen

(Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Director of Nanotechnology Center, UTA): Dr. Chen is an established investigator in nanomaterials, nanomedicine and photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment. He has 30 peer-reviewed papers in these research fields. His research projects have been funded by the NSF, DHS, DOD, and other local and private funding agencies.

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