SERPOOSHAN Lab

tissue manufacturing & analysis

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About Us

The Serpooshan Team uses a multidisciplinary approach to design and develop micro/nano-scale tissue engineering technologies with the ultimate goal of generating functional tissues and organs.

Current projects in my lab include: 1) Bioengineering iPSC-derived, functional cardiac tissues via 3D bioprinting technology for in vitro disease modeling and drug screening; 2) Engineering cardiac patch systems to regenerate damaged myocardium following ischemic heart injury; and 3) 3D bioprinting-based liver and bone tissue engineering.

 
 

OUR LINES OF RESEARCH

 

Meet The Team

Students

Carmen J. Gil

PhD Student

Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Emory University and

Georgia Institute of Technology

   

carmen.julia.gil@emory.edu

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Alexander D. Cetnar

MS Student

Wallace H. Coulter Department of BME

Emory University and

Georgia Institute of Technology

    alexander.cetnar@emory.edu

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Boeun Hwang

PhD Student

Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Emory University and

Georgia Institute of Technology

  

bhwang@gatech.edu

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Gabriella Kabboul

Undergraduate Researcher

BME Major

Georgia Institute of Technology

   gkabboul3@gatech.edu

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Melissa Cadena

PhD Student

Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Emory University and

Georgia Institute of Technology

  

mcadena6@gatech.edu

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Linqi Jin

MS Student

Wallace H. Coulter Department of BME

Emory University and

Georgia Institute of Technology

ljin72@gatech.edu

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Kevin M. McCoy

Undergraduate Researcher

Biomedical Engineering - Pre-Med

Georgia Institute of Technology

kmccoy8@gatech.edu

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Corinna Shimalla

Undergraduate Researcher

BME Major

Georgia Institute of Technology

 corinnashimalla@gatech.edu

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Joy E. Nish

Undergraduate Researcherd

Biochemistry major

Georgia Institute of Technology

joynish@gatech.edu

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Davis White

Undergraduate Researcher

BME Major

Class of 2022

Georgia Institute of Technology

dwhite300@gatech.edu

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Riya Mehta

Undergraduate Researcher

B.S. Biology, Pre-Med Intent

Minor, Computer Informatics

Emory University

riya.mehta@emory.edu

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Lab Alumni

Federico Prokopczuk

Hannah Komanapalli

Huyun Chen

SURE Program 2018

SURE Program 2018

Undergraduate Researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

California State University, Northridge

Purdue University

Rithvik Sarasani

Undergraduate Researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

Rommi Kashlan

Rebecca R. Xu

Bryanna J. Lima

High School Intern

Now: BME Undergrad at Georgia Tech

Undergraduate Researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

Undergraduate Researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

Alpravinta Alagesan

Undergraduate Researcher

Georgia Institute of Technology

Agastya Vaidya

Undergraduate Researcher

Emory University

Vahid Serpooshan, PhD

Principlal Investigator

Vahid Serpooshan did his BSc and MSc in Materials Science and Engineering at Sharif University (Tehran, Iran, 1998-2003) and his PhD in biomaterials and tissue engineering at McGill University (Montreal, Canada, 2007-2011). His PhD thesis research focused on the design and optimization of scaffolding biomaterials for bone tissue engineering applications. Following his PhD, Dr. Serpooshan worked for 7 years at Stanford University School of Medicine as Postdoctoral Fellow (Pediatric Cardiology) and Instructor (Stanford Cardiovascular Institute).  At Stanford, Dr. Serpooshan's training and research were mainly centered on developing a new generation of engineered cardiac patch device to repair damaged heart tissue following myocardial infarction (heart attack). The engineered patch was successfully tested in mouse and pig models and is now in preparation for clinical trials. He also worked on enabling technologies for human-machine hybrid cardiac tissue, using 3D bioprinting to assemble complex arrays of interfaces between synthetic and biological materials. In 2018, Dr. Vahid Serpooshan joined Emory University and Georgia Institute of Tech as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics, where his multidisciplinary team is now working on a variety of 3D bioprinting-based tissue engineering and disease modeling projects.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

and Pediatrics

Georgia Institute of Technology

Emory University School of Medicine

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404.712.9717

vahid.serpooshan@bme.gatech.edu

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Holly Bauser-Heaton is an interventional pediatric cardiologist and physician scientist at Sibley Heart Center at Children’s Healthcare of Altanta.  She completed her MD, PhD in 2009 at Indiana University.  Dr. Bauser-Heaton focused on signaling mechanisms of nitric oxide in hypoxic conditions and continues to investigate the role of NO in endothelial function.  As a clinician, she completed her training at Stanford University and joined faculty of Sibley Heart Center in 2016.  Pulmonary artery disease and its management is the focus for Dr. Heaton both in the clinical arena and the lab.  She is interested in developing new procedures via transcatheter (in the cardiac catheterization laboratory) technique for individuals with pulmonary artery disease.  Additionally, she has interest in utilizing 3D bioprinting to create pulmonary artery constructs that have the ability to keep up with a patient’s somatic growth. She is very excited to join forces with the Serpooshan lab.

Holly Bauser-Heaton, MD PhD

Assistant Professor

Pediatric Cardiologist

Sibley Heart Center, Pediatric Cardiology

Emory University School of Medicine

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BauserH@kidsheart.com

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Andrea Theus joined the Serpooshan Lab as Research Lab Specialist in May 2018. Andrea received her education at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. She completed both her Bachelor's (2016) and Master's (2018) degrees in Biomedical Engineering. Her M.S. thesis was focused on detecting remodeling in tissue engineered vascular grafts using Raman Spectroscopy. Andrea's research in Serpooshan lab is mainly focused on using 3D bioprinting technologies to create vascular tissue models for antibacterial cardiac patch constructs, bone tissue engineering scaffolds, and pediatric cancer modeling. She also supervises a number of undergrad and grad students in the lab. When Andrea is not working and conducting lab research, she usually enjoys spending time with friends, watching a good movie, or adventuring out in town.

Andrea Theus, MS

Lab Research Specialist

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Georgia Institute of Technology

andrea.theus@emory.edu

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Katherine Pham Do, MS

Lab Research Specialist

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Georgia Institute of Technology

katherine.do@emory.edu

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Katherine Do received her B.S. degree (2017) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas where her undergraduate research focused on the identification of a genus of bacteria with the capabilities to degrade crude oil. After completing her Bachelor’s, she obtained her M.S. degree (2019) in Biomedical Sciences from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in the lab of Dr. Rodrigo Morales working on projects concerning neurodegenerative diseases. Her M.S. thesis topic was the optimization of the protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA) technique for high-throughput format and utilizing this technique to screen a selection of small molecules for the ability to inhibit the in vitro prion misfolding process. Katherine joined the Serpooshan lab in June 2019 as a Research Lab Specialist, and her research involves working with Dr. Bauser-Heaton to create 3D bioprinted models for congenital heart diseases to study the fluid dynamics and cellular growth of these models

Liqun Ning, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Georgia Institute of Technology

liqun.ning@emory.edu

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Liqun Ning received his B.Sc (2010) and M.Sc (2013) in Mechatronics from the Northwestern Polytechnical University, China, and got his Ph.D. (2018) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His Ph.D. research focused on 3D bioprinting of Schwann cell-laden scaffolds for damaged nerve repair, meanwhile addressing the key research issues involved including designing biocompatible hydrogels for cell encapsulation, preserving high cell viability during the bioprinting process, and creating scaffolds with both structural integrity and cell functionality. He started his postdoctoral research in the same research group right after getting his Ph.D., where he paid particular attentions on the printability of hydrogels, and scaffold visualization based on advanced synchrotron imaging. Dr. Liqun Ning join the Serpooshan’s Lab in August 2019 as a postdoctoral scholar, where his research is centered on 3D bioprinting of cardiac patches for heart repair after MI, and biofabrication of in vitro models for cancer research.

Martin L. Tomov, PhD

Martin Tomov received his BSc in Biochemistry in Ithaca College in New York (2007) and his PhD in Nanoscale and Materials Bio-Engineering from the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in SUNY Polytechnic Institute (2016). His PhD thesis focused on Nanotechnology and Human Stem Cells: Applications in Cardiogenesis and Neurogenesis. He next moved to Boston in 2016, joining the laboratories of Dr. Lee Rubin (Broad/Harvard) and Dr. Mark Bathe (Broad/MIT) at Harvard-MIT, as Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Tomov’s postdoctoral research was centered on developing and applying the next generation imaging methods towards drug discovery, analysis of complex cultures, and 3D tissue analogs in low and high throughput settings. Martin is joining the Serpooshan Lab in July 2018, where his research is mainly focusing on using human iPSC technology, 3D bioprinting, and perfusion bioreactor technologies to study congenital heart disease.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Pediatrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Georgia Institute of Technology

   

martin.lyubomirov.tomov@emory.edu

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