People

Principal Investigator
Gang Bao PhD
Robert A. Milton Chair Professor
College of Engineering Distinguished Professor
Director of NHLBI Program of Excellence in Nanotechnology
Director of the NIH Nanomedicine Development Center
Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

Dr. Gang Bao has more than 20 years of experience in materials research, including engineering materials and biomaterials. His current research is focused on the development of novel imaging probes and nanocarriers for biological and medical applications.

Co - Principal Investigator
William Robert Taylor PhD
Division Director
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine, Emory University

Dr. W. Robert Taylor has over 27 years of experience in cardiology research. His current research is focused on the studies of how various humoral and mechanical factors modulate vascular inflammatory responses as they pertain to the development of atherosclerosis, angiogenesis and hypertensive vascular disease.

Co - Investigators
Wayne Alexander MD/PhD
R. Bruce Logue Professor and Chair
Department of Medicine, Emory University

Dr. Wayne Alexander has over 33 years of experience with research interests include the biologic basis of the pathogenesis of coronary ischemic syndromes, the molecular mechanisms of hormonal control of vascular reactivity, and the cell biology of vascular smooth muscle and endothelium.

Michael Davis PhD
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

Dr. Michael Davis has 10 years of experience with research involving cardiac regeneration, oxidative stress, and protein and cell therapy, biomaterials applications.

Kathy Ferrara PhD
Professor
Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Dr. Kathy Ferrara has more than 20 years of research experience with projects spanning all aspects of image-guided drug delivery. Major areas of interest include the fusion of images between ultrasound, PET, MRI and CT, the development of activatable drug delivery vehicles, and the development of molecularly-targeted drug delivery vehicles.

Aloke Finn MD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine, Emory University

Dr. Aloke Finn has more than 10 years of research experience with focus in the areas of atherosclerotic coronary artery disease, including mechanisms of disease, treatment, and exposing potential treatment complications. The Finn lab makes use of both animal models and clinical trials to provide insights into mechanisms of disease and treatment which can be translated directly into the care of patients.

Don P Giddens PhD
Dean Emeritus, College of Engineering
Lawrence L. Gellerstedt, Jr. Chair in Bioengineering
Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

Dr. Don Giddens has more than 30 years of experience as a researcher, educator and administrator in academia. He is a pioneer in the area of fluid dynamics in human arterial disease, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. His research has focused on biofluid mechanics, specializing in vascular function, vascular grafts, hemodynamics of carotid arteries, and measurement of blood flow.

Xiaoping Hu PhD
Professor
Director of Biomedical Imaging Technology Center
Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

Dr. Xiaoping Hu has more than 20 years of research and expertise with focus in the areas of magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, functional MRI, image reconstruction and processing, and molecular imaging.

Hanjoong Jo PhD
Ada Lee and Pete Correll Professor
Biomedical Engineering, Emory University

Dr. Hanjoong Jo has more than 19 years of research experience with focus in the areas of mechanobiology and cardiovascular diseases, atherosclerosis and aortic valve disease, role of shear stress in vascular inflammation and neovascularization, as well was in vivo siRNA delivery.

Shuming Nie PhD
Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair
Director of Emory-Georgia Tech Cancer Nanotechnology Center
Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University

Dr. Shuming Nie has more than 15 years of extensive expertise in bioengineering and nanotechnology. His research focuses in the areas of biomolecular engineering and nanotechnology, specifically on the bioconjugated nanoparticles for cancer molecular imaging, molecular profiling, pharmacogenomics, and targeted therapy.

Charles Searles PhD
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine, Emory University

Dr. Charles Searles has extensive expertise in the study of vascular gene expression, particularly in regard to posttranscriptional regulatory mechanisms. He has more than 17 years of clinical practice in Cardiology.

Young-Sup Yoon MD/PhD
Director of Stem Cell Biology
Division of Cardiology
Department of Medicine, Emory University

Dr. Young-Sup Yoon has 10 years of experience with major interest in using stem cell technology to treat various cardiovascular diseases. His research focuses on stem cells, specifically, in the development and usage of different bone marrow-derived stem or progenitor cells, including endothelial progenitor cells, mesenchymal stem cells and hematopoietic stems for cardiovascular repair.  Dr. Yoon’s research targets cardiac diseases such as myocardial infarction and chronic haeart failure, and peripherial vascular disease such as the peripheral artery obstructive disease.