Director


Tzung K. Hsiai, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Bioengineering, MCIP and Medicine (Cardiology)

Office: CHS 17-054

Dr. Hsiai is the Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Bioengineering. He received his undergraduate education from Columbia University and his MD from the University of Chicago. He completed his internship, residency and NIH-funded cardiovascular fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine, where he pursued interdisciplinary research in BioMEMS and vascular biology. His group’s research focuses on flexible sensors to study mechano-signal transduction of cardiovascular diseases. His group has developed the quantitative approach to monitor intravascular shear stress and vascular oxidative stress to assess unstable plaque. His transdisciplinary research program has been enriched by collaboration with UCLA Wireless Health Institute, Medical Imaging Informatics, Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Cardiovascular Research Lab, Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology, and UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. He is the Chair of the American Physiological Society Joint Meeting with Biomedical Engineering Society, Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Member of National Institutes of Health Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Surgical Science Study Section, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the recipient of an American Heart Association John J. Simpson Outstanding Research Achievement Award and UCLA SEAS Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.


Email: THsiai@mednet.ucla.edu


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Rongsong Li Ph.D
Email: rongsongli@mednet.ucla.edu

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at UCLA

Ph.D, Biochemistry, Tuft University
M.S, Biochemistry, Shanghai Institute of Biochemisty, Chinese Academic of Science

B.S, Biochemistry, Wuhan University, China

He is currently interested in understanding the roles and mechanisms of action of various atherosclerosis risk factors such as particular matter in air pollution, oxidized lipids, oxidized lipoprotein and shear stress using combined in vitro and in vivo models. Our group focuses on risk factor-induced vascular oxidative stress, pro-inflammatory response, mitochondrial dysfunction and HDL dysfunction that lead to the development of atherosclerosis. We also study the implication of atherosclerotic risk factors in vascular calcification.

Rene Packard, M.D, Ph.D
Email: RPackard@mednet.ucla.edu

Clinical Instructor at UCLA Medical School

UCLA School of Medicine Specialty Training And Advanced Research (STAR) fellow

Ph.D, Molecular, Celluler & Integrative Physiology, UCLA
M.D, University of Geneva, Switzerland
B.S, College Voltaire Geneve, Switzerland


Research Topic: Cardiac Imaging and Regeneration


Yichen Ding, Ph.D
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Ph.D, Biomedical Engineering, Peking University, China
B.S, Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, China
 

Homepage: http://yichen.breezi.com

Research Topic: Multi-scale Optical Imaging

Email: ycding1122@gmail.com

Nelson Jen, Ph.D
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Ph.D Bioengineering, UCLA
M.S, Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
B.S, Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine

Research Topic: Shear Stress and Oxidative Stress

Email: njen@ucla.edu

Juhyun Lee
Post-Doctoral Researcher 

Ph.D Bioengineering, UCLA
M.S, Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
B.S, Bioengineering, University of Utah


Research Topic: Hemodynamics and Cardiac Morphogenesis

Email: juhyunlee@ucla.edu

Kyung In Baek
PhD Candiate in Bioengineering

B.S, Bioengineering, University of Utah


Research Topic: Vascular Repair

Email: qorruddls122@gmail.com

Parinaz Abiri
MD/PhD Student in Bioengineering

B.S, Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine


Research Topic: Wireless Batteryless Miniature Implantable Cardiac Pacer

Email: pabiri@ucla.edu


Chih-Chiang Chang
PhD Student in Bioengineering

M.S, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
B.S, Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taiwan


Research Topic: 

Email: changc4@ucla.edu

Jeff Hsu
PhD Student in
Molecular, Celluler & Integrative Physiology, UCLA

UCLA School of Medicine Specialty Training And Advanced Research (STAR) fellow

M.D, UCLA
M.S, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
B.S, Mechanical Engineering, MIT

Research Topic: Cardiac valve formation

Email: JJHsu@mednet.ucla.edu

Junjie Chen
PhD Student in 
Bioengineering

M.S, Bioengineering, UCLA
B.S, Biongineering, UCLA

Email: roy.chen0404@gmail.com



Hilary Yen
Undergraduate student in Bioengineering

UCLA

Email: hyen@ucla.edu
 




Michael Chen
Undergraduate student in Bioengineering

UCLA

Email: mchen1014@ucla.edu
 




Cynthia Chen
Undergraduate student in Bioengineering

UCLA

Email: cynthiachen@ucla.edu
 




Chadi Nahal
Undergraduate student in Bioengineering

UCLA

Email: chadinahal1@gmail.com
 




Mark Gutin
Undergraduate student in Biology

UCLA

Email: markgutin@ucla.edu
 




Jeffrey Lam
Undergraduate student in Bioengineering

Email: jlam343@gmail.com

 





Jennifer Wang
Undergraduate student in Bioengineering

Email: jennifer.wang24@gmail.com





HONGLI LI
Visting Scolar, 
Department of Cardiology, Shanghai First People's Hospital, College of Medicine

Email: drhonglili@126.com

 



Jintian Lyu
Summer Intern, 
Department of Pharmacy, Peking University

Email: 1310307120@pku.edu.cn