RESEARCH TEAM

JULIE PHILLIPPI, PHD
 

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Dr. Julie Phillippi received her BS in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University and her PhD in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on extracellular matrix signaling in stem cell differentiation of mineralized tissues. Dr. Phillippi completed her post-doctoral training as a fellow with the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative and was supported by an NIH-sponsored T32 award. Her post-doctoral work was focused on spatial control of stem cell differentiation using inkjet-based growth factor deposition on native substrates. This work gained international attention and was featured in several media outlets including Science, Popular Science and MSNBC/Reuters. In 2007, Dr. Phillippi joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery in 2007. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in the tenure stream in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery in 2011. Dr. Phillippi also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Bioengineering in the Swanson School of Engineering and is member faculty with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Phillippi's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, and her interests include vasa vasorum networks in health and disease, aortic wall biology, perivascular progenitor cells, inkjet-based growth factor biopatterning, and in vitro disease models. Dr. Phillippi is an Associate Editor for Science Advances, of the Science family of journals published by AAAS, and a peer reviewer for Acta Biomaterialia, Cytometry A, the Journal of Biomechanics, Stem Cell Reports, Stem Cells, Stem Cells and Development, Tissue Engineering, Wound Repair and Regeneration. Dr. Phillippi participates in educational outreach including University of Pittsburgh-Bioengineering Summer Camps, Regenerative Medicine Summer School at the McGowan Institute, Girls in Math and Science Partnership- CanTEEN mentor and "Tour Your Future" host, Girl Scouts of America (lab tours), Penn State Alumni Mentoring Network, Penn State Co-operative Education Externship Program-Host and is an active mentor/partner for the Sci-Tech Academy Executive Experience.
Post Doctoral Fellows
YOOJIN LEE, PhD
BRYANT FISHER
Bryant is a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh where he also obtained his undergraduate degree in Biology. Bryant is conducting research in the lab as part of the Dean's Summer Research Program. His project is focused on the role of ECM-derived growth factor-mediated signals on pericyte function in thoracic aortic disease.
Staff
JENNIFER HILL, MFS
Jen Hill is a Research Specialist in the laboratory. She received a Master's degree in Forensic Molecular Biology from George Washington University. Jen expertise is molecular biology, nuclear genotyping and sequencing, and mitochondrial DNA sequencing. Her current project in the lab involves investigating regional differences in tissue from human ascending aorta.
TARA RICHARDS
Tara Richards is a Research Specialist in the laboratory. She studied biology and chemistry at Wheeling Jesuit University where, after completion of her bachelor of science, she worked as a senior research technician studying angiogenesis in tumor metastasis. Following this, she worked for Dr. Bryan Tillman in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Vascular Surgery, researching circulating progenitor cell populations and vascular restenosis in response to vascular injury. Tara's areas of expertise include multi-color flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry. Tara’s current project is focused on smooth muscle cell immortalization and characterization of adventitial-derived endothelial cell phenotype and function in the setting of thoracic aortic disease.
Undergraduate Students
KAITLYN WINTRUBA
Kaitlyn's independent project focused on The Influence of ECM Biomaterials on Human Smooth Muscle Cell Function.
Alumni (Thoracic Aortic Disease Research Lab pre-2020)
Marie Billaud, PHD
Research Assistant Professor
Patrick Chan, MD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Leonid Emerel, MD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Andreas Habertheuer, MD, PHD
Post Doctoral Fellow
Lauren Huckaby, MD
Medical Student
Amadeus Stern
2019 Wiegand Summer Intern
Aujah Thompson
High School Student
Sophia Yurkovetsky
High School Student
Sara Sanders
Undergraduate Student
Josh Schneider
Undergraduate Student
Rachel VanRyzin
Undergraduate Student
Zainab Hakeem
Undergraduate Student
Julia Kooser
Undergraduate Student
Julianna Buchwald
Undergraduate Student
McKenzie Hartman
Undergraduate Student
Paul VanRyzin
Undergraduate Student
George Fercana
Post-doctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
Roy Navid
High School Student, 2014-2015
Gabe Carrillo
Undergraduate Student
Sarah Duplaga
Undergraduate Student
Bradley Ellis
Undergraduate Student
Julia Gong
Undergraduate Student
Riley Herrmann
Undergraduate Student
Emily Mihalko
Undergraduate Student
Mary Kotlarczyk, PHD
AHA Post-doctoral Fellow, 2011-2014
Ben Green, MS
Research Specialist, 2010-2014
Edgar Bahena
High school student, Sci-Tech Academy Executive Experience
2013-2014
Dana Townsend
High school student, Sci-Tech Academy Executive Experience
2013-2014
Jackie Birkness
Medical student, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dean’s Undergraduate Summer Program, 2013
Trevor Weis
Undergraduate researcher, University of Pittsburgh
2011-2012
Filip Istvanic
PTEI Undergraduate Summer Research Experience
2012
Jalice Shedrick
High school student, Doris Duke Summer Academy, UPCI
2012
Michael Kormos
Undergraduate Summer Intern
2012
Wei He, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow
2010-2011
David Birsen
Undergraduate Summer Intern
2011
Sameer Shakir
Medical Student, University of Pittsburgh
2010
Chris Miller
PTEI Undergraduate Summer Research Experience
2010
Dviya Raghu
High School Student
2010
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Thoracic Aortic Research Lab Group Yoga



 

Updated 02-Nov-2020