Mete Civelek, PI

  • PhD, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • MS, Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Chemical Engineering and Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University

Mete joined the University of Virginia after a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular genetics in the laboratory of Jake Lusis at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied the genetic regulation of gene expression in vascular cells and adipose tissue in human and mouse populations. He identified novel candidate genes that can play causal roles in the development of atherosclerosis, obesity and insulin resistance. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and is also a resident faculty at the Center for Public Health Genomics. He is a member of the Robert M Berne Cardiovascular Research Center and has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics.

Rédouane Aherrahrou, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD, Animal Biotechnology, Moulay Ismail University and University of Lübeck
  • MS, Engineering and Biotechnology of Microorganisms, Moulay Ismail University and University of Lübeck
  • BS, Molecular life science, Moulay Ismail University

Rédouane Aherrahrou completed his PhD in the research group of Prof. Jeanette Erdmann at the University of Lübeck. He joined the Center for Public Health Genomics at the University of Virginia as a postdoctoral fellow in 2016. He is interested in understanding how genetic factors regulate the development of coronary artery disease. His special focus is on genetic factors regulating smooth muscle cell function. Redouane is an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow.

Warren Anderson, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD, Neuroscience, Thomas Jefferson University
  • MS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
  • BA, Psychology, Temple University

Warren has worked in neurophysiology and cardiac electrophysiology with a focus on understanding how ion channels regulate synaptic integration and arrhythmogenesis. During his PhD studies, he implemented computational studies that revealed novel insights into the mechanisms of neuroinflammation and the autonomic nervous systems’ integrated contributions to the development of hypertension. He is currently working with Mete Civelek and Michael Guertin to elucidate the genetic influences on pathway dynamics in vascular smooth muscle cells. Warren was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cardiovascular Training Grant between 2017 and 2018. He is currently an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow.

Edna George

Edna George, Postdoctoral Fellow

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • MTech, Nanomedical Sciences, Amrita Centre for Nanoscience
  • MS, Biotechnology, Dr. G R Damodaran College of Science
  • BS, Microbiology, Dr. G R Damodaran College of Science

Edna completed her PhD under the guidance of Dr Shamik Sen at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. Her work focused on studying the different cell responses in the microenvironment patterned with several physical cues that mimicked the native extracellular matrix. Currently, she is a Postdoctoral Fellow working jointly with Mete Civelek and Thomas Barker. Her present work aims at designing gene circuit to treat lung and liver fibrosis.

Jordan Reed

Jordan Reed, PhD Student

  • BS, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Jordan received a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and did undergraduate research in bacteriology, studying antibiotic resistance at the University of Rochester. Her current focus is understanding the flow of genetic information in adipose tissue gene expression networks using causal inference modeling. Jordan is a Predoctoral Fellow in the Cardiovascular Training Grant.

Jameson Hinkle, Lab Manager

  • MS, Environmental Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BS, Biology, Roanoke College

Jameson received a BS in Biology from Roanoke College. He then worked at US Geological Survey and completed an MS in environmental studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Now, he is the lab manager of the Civelek Lab. His research focuses on understanding how the transcription factor KLF14 and RNA binding protein CPEB4 regulate obesity and metabolism using cell culture and mouse models.

Lisa Chen, BME Fourth Year Undergraduate

2018 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

Jewel White

Jewel White, Biology Fourth Year Undergraduate

Ngozi Akingbesote

Ngozi Akingbesote, Biology Third Year Undergraduate

Undergraduate Student Opportunities in Academic Research (USOAR) Program 2017-2018

2018 Harrison Undergraduate Research Award

Visiting Students and Scholars

AlfredoLeBron

Alfredo LeBron

NIH Summer Research Internship Program Participant

Department of Natural Sciences

University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, PR

May – August 2018

CarolynGraham

Carolyn Graham

NIH Summer Diabetes Research Internship Program Participant

Department of Biomedical Engineering

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

May – August 2018

NickGarza

Nicholas Garza

NSF REU Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering Program Participant

Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

May – August 2018

AnthonyBoivin

Anthony Boivin

Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology

Université Pierre et Marie Curie- Sorbonne Universités

April – August 2018

SonavineChang

Sonavine Nget Chan

Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology

Université Pierre et Marie Curie- Sorbonne Universités

April – July 2018

Florent Bouchon

Florent Bouchon

M.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology

Agrocampus Ouest, Rennes, France

September 2017 – January 2018

Rebecca Habisch

Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology

Biberach University of Applied Sciences, Biberach an der Riss, Germany

March – November 2017

Simon Perrin

Department of Physiology and Integrative Biology

Université Pierre et Marie Curie- Sorbonne Universités

March – June 2017

Shayna Holness

NSF REU Multi-Scale Systems Bioengineering Program Participant

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

Rider University,  Lawrenceville, NJ

May – August 2017

Cameron Raglin

NIH Summer Research Internship Program Participant

Departments of Chemistry and History

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

May – August 2017

Lab Alumni

Aaron Aguhob, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant and Capstone Design Project, 2015-2018

Joon Yuh Sohl, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2018

Ryan Cheng, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2017

Nicholas Asby, BME Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2015-2017