Cardiac Biomechanics Group News

News, events, and announcements from Jeffrey Holmes's Cardiac Biomechanics Group


    April 01, 2020


    TK and Ana defended their dissertations (entitled "Computational Modeling to Guide Cardiac Electrophysiological Therapies" and "Computational Modeling of Cardiac Hypertrophy, Injury, and Therapy", respectively) on consecutive days in the historic Dome Room of the Rotunda. Both will be continuing their training as postdoctoral researchers; TK will be moving to Harvard University and Ana will be moving to Yale University.

    Summer in the CBG

    October 14, 2019


    This past summer, we had a full house with 5 undergrads joining the CBG over the summer:

    • Lily Lin, third year from UVA working on analyzing myocyte sizes from histology with Laura
    • Katie Settle, second year from UVA working on agent-based model with Arlynn
    • Vignesh Valaboju, a second year from UVA working on simulating myocyte shape changes in cardiac growth with Pim
    • Paolo Francisco, a second year from Berry College working on thermodynamic growth models of cardiomyocytes with Kyoko
    • Karen Carter, a second year from the University of Alabama using MRI to guide cardiac histology for cardiac dyssynchrony with Pim & Kyoko


    Graduates leaving the CBG

    May 24, 2019


    During this year's BME graduation, Dr. Kellen Chen was hooded by Dr. Holmes, and we said farewell to two undergrads in the lab, Megan and Christian. Megan and Christian are headed to medical school this Fall!

    Derek Presents at Tom Tom!

    May 24, 2019

    Derek presented his work on predicting outcomes from cardiac resynchronization therapy using machine learning during a lightning talks session at this year's Tom Tom Applied Machine Learning Conference.

    CBG History (2014-2018)

    May 22, 2019

    News 2018

    November 2018

    Defense and Goodbyes

    Kellen defended his dissertation “Predictive Models of Cell Alignment and Scar Formation under Mechanical Loading” in the historic Dome Room at the Rotunda. Kellen, Colleen, and JJ left the CBG at the end of the month. They moved to Stanford University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Pennsylvania, respectively.

    Promoting Engineering in Medicine

    “Finding ways to reduce literal, and disciplinary, separation between engineering and medicine is essential for cultivating and expanding innovation at the interface.” Read Dr. Holmes’s article in The Conversation

    August 2018

    Arlynn joins the lab!

    Arlynn Baker is joining the CBG as a PhD student after receiving her BS in mechanical engineering from Western Carolina University.

    CBG History (2009-2013)

    May 22, 2019

    News 2013

    December 2013

    Another 2013 CBG graduate

    Christian defended his thesis, the fourth PhD student to graduate from the CBG in 2013! He has been accepted into the Stanford Biodesign program, starting in Fall 2014.

    October 2013

    CBG Reunion at BMES in Seattle

    We had our largest CBG reunion dinner yet – 7 current/former members and Dr. Holmes – at the Steelhead Diner near Pike Place Market.

    September 2013

    Best paper award at the ASME/FDA meeting

    Christian won the best student paper award at the ASME/FDA Frontiers in Medical Devices: Applications of Computer Modeling and Simulation conference in Bethesda, MD. He presented finite-element modeling results on the effects of radiofrequency (RF) ablation on left atrial mechanics.

    August 2013

    Are there tendons in the heart?

    Not really. But a new grant from the National Science Foundation will apply the models of scar formation the CBG developed for healing infarcts to better understand how mechanical loading affects healing in damaged tendons.