Akif Ündar, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics, Surgery, and Bioengineering

John L. Myers, MD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

Brian Clark, MD
Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics

Shigang Wang, MD
Research Assistant of Pediatrics

Allen R. Kunselman, MA
Director of Biostatistical Consulting, Division of Biostatistics

Ronald P. Wilson, VMD, MS
Professor of Comparative Medicine 

Jenelle M. Izer, DVM, MS
Assistant Professor of Comparative Medicine

Timothy K. Cooper, DVM, PhD
Associate Professor of Comparative Medicine and Pathology

Christoph E. Brehm, MD
Director of Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit and Adult ECMO Program

Kristen M. Glass, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Neonatal ECMO

Jianxun Song, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Neal J. Thomas, MD, MSc
Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences

Vernon M Chinchilli, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Chair, Public Health Sciences

Zissis C Chroneos, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Stephen Cyran, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

Howard Weber, MD
Professor of Pediatrics

Clinical Perfusionists

  • Larry Baer, CCP
  • David Palanzo, CCP
  • Robert Wise, CCP
  • Karl Woitas, CCP

Clinical Research Nurses

  • Jennifer Stokes, BSN, RN, CCRC
  • Jessica Beiler, MPH, CCRC
  • Amyee McMonagle, RN, BSN, CCRC
  • Julie Vallati, LPN, CCRC
  • Amy Shelly, LPN
  • Patricia Carper, RN, BSN, CCRC
  • Heather Stokes

Clinical Research Fellows

  • Deborah R. Thurston, MD (NICU, 2009-2012)
  • Sunil Patel, MD, (Pediatric Cardiology, 2013-2014)
  • Conrad Krawiec, MD (PICU, 2013-2014)
  • Payal Trivedi, DO (NICU, 2015-2017)

Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

  • Bingyang Ji, MD (Pediatrics, 2005-2007)
  • Sung Yang, PhD (Bioengineering, 2006-2007)
  • Shigang Wang, MD (Pediatrics, 2007-2008)
  • Yulong Guan, MD (Pediatrics 2008-2009)
  • Feng Qiu, MD (Pediatrics, 2009-2011)

Medical Student Research (MSR)

  • Khin Win, BS (3rd yr. MS, 2008-2009)
  • Nikkole Haines, BS (1st yr. MS, 2008-2009)
  • Chiajung Karen Lu, BS, MS (1st yr. MS, 2008-2009)
  • Ashley Rogerson, BS (2nd yr. MS, 2008-2009)
  • My-Le Nguyen, BS (3rd yr. MS, 2008-2009)
  • Akemi Miller, BS (3rd yr. MS, 2008-2009)
  • Stella Yee, BS (1st yr. MS, 2009)
  • Xiaowei (Bill) Su, BS (MD/PhD student, 2009-2010)
  • Jonathan Talor, BS (MD/PhD student, 2009- 2010)
  • Arash Salavitabar, BS (3rd yr. MS, 2010)
  • Rahul Vasavada, MS. (1st yr. MS, 2010)
  • Sameer Khan, BS (1st yr. MS, 2010)
  • Judith Lin, BS (1st yr. MS, 2011)
  • Natalie M. Dogal, BS (1st yr. MS, 2011)
  • Ryan K. Mathis, BS (1st yr. MS, 2011)
  • Oliver F. Noel, BS (MD/PhD student, Summer 2012)
  • Ranjodh Dhami, BS (MD/PhD student, Summer 2012)
  • Neelima Marupudi, BA ( 1st yr. MS, Spring 2012)
  • Pelumi Adedayo, BS (3rd yr. MS, 2012)
  • Alissa Evenson (1st yr. MS, Summer 2013)
  • Shannon Spencer, BS (1st yr. MS, Summer 2015)
  • Elizabeth Profeta, BS, (1st yr. MS, Summer 2016)
  • Kaitlyn Shank, BS (1st yr. MS, Summer 2016)

Undergraduate / Graduate  Engineering Students

  • Sung Yang (Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering, PSU, 2004-2006)
  • Larry Sasso, B.S. (Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, Rutgers University, 2008-2012)
  • Kiana Aran, B.S. (Ph.D. student in Bioengineering, Rutgers University, 2008-2012)
  • Alan Rider (Undergraduate Research, PSU, 2006-2009) 
  • John W. Myers (Undergraduate Research, PSU, 2007)
  • Robert S. Schreiner (Undergraduate Research, Allegheny College, PA, Summer 2007)
  • Tushar Karkhanis (Undergraduate Research, University of Pittsburgh, PA, Summer 2008)
  • Daniel James Farrell (Undergraduate Research, Physics, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, Summer 2011)
  • Brian Chin (Undergraduate Research, Washington University, St. Louis, Summer 2013)
  • Rachel Wolfe (Undergraduate Research, Bioengineering, PSU, Summer 2014)
  • Ashton Strother (Undergraduate research, Summer 2014)
  • Hideshi Itoh (PhD Student in Clinical Engineering, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan, 2013-2015
  • Christian O’Connor (Undergraduate research, Summer 2016)
  • Rachel Wolfe (Undergraduate Honors Thesis, Bioengineering, Schreyer Honors College, PSU, 2016-2017)

High School Students

  • Ashton Strother (Huron High School, Ann Arbor, MI, Summer 2012)
  • Franky Gentile (Hershey High School, Hershey, PA, Summer 2013)
  • Sarah Hafiz (Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, PA, Summer 2013)
  • Sonia Hafiz (Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, PA, Summer 2013)

National and International Research Collaborators

Tami Rosenthal, CCP, MBA
Chief Perfusionist of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Jeffrey D. Zahn, PhD
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers' University, NJ, USA

Sung Yang, PhD
Professor of School of Mechatronics, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST), Korea

Kyung Sun, MD, PhD, MBA
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea

Luiz F. Caneo, MD, PhD
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Institute, University of Sao Paulo Medical School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Giovanni Battista Luciani, MD
Professor of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, University of Verona, School of Medicine, Verona, Italy

Emile A. Bacha, MD
Calvin F. Barber Professor of Surgery, Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, Director, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, New York, NY, USA

Antonio Amodeo, MD
Professor of Cardiac Surgery, Bambino Gesù Children Hospital, and Catholic University of Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy