Graduate Students
Francisco Contijoch PDF Print E-mail

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Francisco Contijoch, MSE is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering at the University of Pennyslvania.  Francisco's clinical focus involves understanding cardiac function and dysfunction through the use of non-invasive imaging.  His reseach within the Gorman Cardiovascular Research Group is directed towards development of advanced MRI techniques for real-time MRI imaging. Francisco is also interested in MRI's ability to detect physiologic/functional changes in addition to structure and size.


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Alison Pouch PDF Print E-mail

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Alison Pouch graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2007 with a dual degree in physics and anthropology.  As an undergraduate, her research involved implementation of analytical ultrasound scattering models for detection and classification of microemboli passing through extracorporeal filters during cardiopulmonary bypass. 

Ms. Pouch is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Bioengineering at Penn and an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces Scholar in biomedical imaging and informational science.  For her Ph.D. thesis, she is developing automatic methods for quantitatively analyzing mitral valve geometry and motion in real-time 3D ultrasound images.  The ultimate goal is to develop tools that can improve diagnosis and surgical treatment of mitral valve disease. Her research interests include ultrasound imaging, cardiac anatomy and physiology, shape theory, and quantitative image analysis.

 
Shauna Dorsey PDF Print E-mail

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Shauna M. Dorsey graduated from the University of Maryland in 2009 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania and an HHMI-NIBIB Interfaces Scholar in biomedical imaging and informational science. As part of her thesis research in Dr. Jason Burdick’s Polymeric Biomaterials Laboratory, she collaborates with the Gorman Cardiovascular Research Group for large animal infarct studies. Her research interests focus on MRI of cardiac biomaterials to attenuate left ventricular remodeling post myocardial infarction.

 
Brendan Purcell PDF Print E-mail

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Brendan received his B.S. in Engineering Science from Penn State University in 2008 and is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania.  His dissertation work involves engineering hydrogel systems to sustain macromolecule delivery for the treatment of MI.  Specifically, Brendan is engineering hyaluronic acid based hydrogels that form in situ and degrade in a controlled fashion to localize the release of chemoattracting cytokines and protease inhibitors.  These systems are being applied in experimental models of MI in collaboration with surgeons at Penn and at the University of South Carolina.

 


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