Cardiac Biomechanics Group Members

  • Jeffrey W. Holmes, MD, PhD


    Dr. Holmes is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine at the University of Virginia. He obtained his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 1989, his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego in 1995, and his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1998. Dr. Holmes currently teaches BME 6102 Engineering Physiology II: Organ Physiology, and Soft Tissue Mechanics / Finite Elasticity.

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Venk Mallikarjun, PhD


    Venk joined the lab in September 2019. He did his Ph.D. at the University of Manchester. Venk is analyzing proteomics from healing myocardial infarction.

  • Pim Oomen, PhD


    Pim joined the lab in May 2018 after completing his Ph.D. research at the Eindhoven University of Technology (Netherlands) with Dr. Carlijn Bouten. He is developing and testing computational models of growth and remodeling that allow clinicians to customize cardiac resynchronization therapy for individual patients.

  • Kyoko Yoshida, PhD


    Kyoko joined the lab in June 2016. She did her Ph.D. at Columbia University with Dr. Kristin Myers. Kyoko is developing finite-element models the heart to predict reversal of growth following therapies.

Graduate Students

  • Arlynn Baker


    Arlynn joined the CBG in Fall 2018 after completing her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Western Carolina University. Arlynn is developing multi-scale agent based models for predicting wound healing.

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  • Derek Bivona


    Derek joined the CBG in January 2017 after completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. Derek is developing computational growth models for skeletal and cardiac muscle.

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  • Laura Caggiano


    Laura received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Ohio State University in 2014 and joined the CBG in January following rotations. Laura is studying changes in infarct scar structure induced by surgical reinforcement.

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  • Ana Estrada


    Ana is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. She received a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2013. She is developing mathematical models of heart growth and remodeling in response to changes in mechanical load.

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  • T.K. Phung


    T.K. joined the CBG in Fall 2014 after completing a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis. T.K. is building patient-specific models for predicting the outcome of cardiac resynchronization therapy.

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Undergraduates

  • Lily Lin


    Lily is a third year studying biomedical engineering. She is working with Laura and Derek to simulate the effect of collagen heterogeneity on myocardial infarction mechanics.

  • Sarah Schroter


    Sarah is a second year studying biomedical engineering. She is working with Laura to explore how cells and other relevant components fit three-dimensionally within the scar tissue.

  • Vignesh Valaboju


    Vignesh is a third year studying biomedical engineering. He is working with Pim to incorporate baroreflex compensation into a computational model of the cardiovascular system.