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Innovations in Imaging

Primary Faculty

A. Bolu Ajiboye, Ph.D.

Development and control of brain-computer-interface (BCI) technologies for restoring function to individuals who have experienced severely debilitating injuries to the nervous system, such as spinal cord injury and stroke


Jay Alberts, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Parkinson's disease; deep brain stimulation; forced exercise; assisted exercise; stroke; robotics; concussion assessment

Suneel S. Apte, MBBS, DPhil

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Extracellular matrix; connective tissue; proteolysis; metalloproteinases; ADAMTS proteases; proteomics; morphogenesis; cardiovascular disorders; musculoskeletal disorders; birth defects; fetal-maternal medicine; eye disorders; neural tube defects; craniofacial development; smooth muscle; post-translational modification; connective tissue disorders; osteoarthritis; primary cilium.

James P. Basilion, Ph.D.

High resolution imaging of endogenous gene expression; definition of "molecular signatures" for imaging and treatment of cancer and other diseases; generating and utilizing genomic data to define informative targets; strategies for applying non-invasive imaging to drug development; and novel molecular imaging probes and paradigms

Jeffrey R. Capadona, Ph.D.

To develop an understanding for how the neuroinflammatory response facilitates acute and long-term neural device performance.


Patrick Crago, Ph.D.

Control of neuroprostheses for restoration of motor function; neuromechanics; and modeling of neuromusculoskeletal systems


Margot Damaser, PhD

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Urinary incontinence; pelvic floor disorders; fecal incontinence; pelvic organ prolapse; peripheral nerve injury; stem cell; regenerative medicine; electrical stimulation; pressure measurement; neurotrophin; animal models; bladder function; urethra; vagina; urodynamics

Kathleen A. Derwin, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Rotator cuff repair; abdominal wall repair; musculoskeletal soft tissue repair; ECM scaffolds; extracellular matrix; muscle fatty atrophy

Colin K. Drummond, Ph.D.

Professor and Assistant Chair; Healthcare information technology applications to support clinical decision-making; wearable analytics for human performance assessment; sports health clinical studies for primary data-based simulation and modeling.

Dominique M. Durand, Ph.D.

Neural engineering; neural interfacing; neural prostheses; computational neuroscience; neural dynamics; neuromodulation; neurophysiology and control of epilepsy


Steven Eppell, Ph.D.

Biomaterials; instrumentation; nanoscale structure-function analysis of orthopaedic biomaterials; and scanning probe microscopy and spectroscopy of skeletal tissues


Ahmet Erdemir, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Biomechanics; tissue mechanics; musculoskeletal; movement; locomotion; modeling; simulation; computation; finite element analysis; optimization; multiscale analysis; simulation-based medicine

David Escobar, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

My laboratory is dedicated to advancing neuromodulation therapies for Parkinson's disease (PD) and epilepsy, translating research into medical technology, training students and mentees in neuroengineering, and partnering with clinicians, scientists, and engineers to improve therapies for distinct brain conditions.

Stephen D. Fening, Ph.D.

Translational Research; Commercialization; Medical Devices; Orthopedics; Biomechanics; Pre-clinical and Clinical Research 


Aaron Fleischman, PhD

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Biosensors; cell detection; imaging; IVUS; intravascular ultrasound; MEMS; microfluidics; nanotechnology; ultrafiltration; ultrasonic transducer

Kiyotaka Fukamachi, M.D., Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Mechanical circulatory support; ventricular assist device (VAD); total artificial heart (TAH); cardiac function; pressure-volume loop; hemodynamics; heart failure; neurostimulation; mitral valve

Chaitali Ghosh, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Blood-brain barrier; drug delivery; in vitro models; drug resistance; brain development; epileptogenesis; ischemic stroke; inflammation; traumatic brain injury; American football; childhood trauma; concussion

Emily Graczyk, Ph.D.

Dr. Graczyk’s research aims to understand the neural coding of somatosensation and to restore and augment sensory capabilities through neural stimulation in humans. Dr. Graczyk’s lab combines clinical studies, computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and artificial intelligence to examine the perception and utilization of sensory information for translation to persons both with and without sensory deficits.  

Linda M. Graham, M.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Vascular grafts; endothelial cells; smooth muscle cells; oxidized lipids; canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels; cell migration; collagen synthesis

Miklos Gratzl, Ph.D.

Biomedical sensing and diagnostics in vitro and in vivo; electrochemical and optical techniques; BioMEMS for cellular transport; cancer multi-drug resistance at the single cell level; and sliver sensor for multi-analyte patient monitoring

Will Grissom, Ph.D.

The Grissom lab develops RF pulse design and image reconstruction methods as well as RF coils for MRI from 47 mT to 7 T, and develops interventional MRI methods for guiding focused ultrasound and laser ablation and neuromodulation.

Kenneth J. Gustafson, Ph.D.

Neural engineering; neural prostheses; neurophysiology and neural control of genitourinary function; devices to restore genitourinary function; and functional neuromuscular stimulation


Vincent C. Hascall, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Hyaluronan in inflammation; asthma; diabetes; autophagy; hyperglycemia; connective tissue biology

Peter Hovmand, Ph.D., MSW

Dr. Hovmand’s research focuses on advancing methods for understanding and preventing structural violence with a specific emphasis on advancing knowledge on multilevel feedback systems. 

Michael Jenkins, Ph.D.

Focuses on developing new technology and therapies for autonomic dysfunction, congenital heart defects, and opioid-induced disorders. Advancement categories: infrared neuromodulation, imaging, and drug development.

Efstathios (Stathis) Karathanasis, Ph.D.

Cancer nanotechnology; Immunotherapy; Pediatric nanomedicine; Molecular imaging


Robert Kirsch, Ph.D.

Restoration of movement using neuroprostheses; neuroprosthesis control system design; natural control of human movements; biomechanics of movement; computer-based modeling; and system identification


Vijay Krishna, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Light-nanomaterial interactions for biomedical applications; multifunctional nanomaterials for non-invasive image-guided cancer treatment; nanotherapeutics for prevention of cancer; novel, long-lasting sunscreens

Vinod Labhasetwar, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Nanomedicine; nanoparticles; cancer metastasis; drug delivery; stroke; spinal cord injury, retinitis pigmentosa, peripheral artery disease

Shuo Li, Ph.D.

Machine Learning; AI in Imaging Centered Medical Data


Xiaojuan Li, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Magnetic resonance (MR) and MR spectroscopic imaging in musculoskeletal disorders; clinically oriented quantitative imaging; early detection of cartilage degeneration; marrow adiposity and osteoporosis; rheumatoid and osteoarthritis; joint injury; Program for Advanced Medical Imaging

Zheng-Rong Lu, Ph.D.

Drug delivery and molecular imaging; novel targeted imaging agents for molecular imaging; novel MRI contrast agents; image-guided therapy and drug delivery; polymeric drug delivery systems; multi-functional delivery systems for nucleic acids

Dan Ma, Ph.D.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI);  Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting ; Quantitative MR; MR Acquisition and Modeling;Neuroimaging


Debra McGivney, Ph.D.

Magnetic resonance imaging, Magnetic resonance fingerprinting, Inverse problems, Mathematical modeling


Paul D. Marasco, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Sensory integration with prosthetic devices; amputee research; cognitive embodiment; visual-tactile integration; sensory neurophysiology; brain organization; neural plasticity; kinesthesia; diabetic sensory neuropathy

Edward V. Maytin, M.D., Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Skin cancer; photodynamic therapy; light therapy; wound healing; inflammation; fibrosis; extracellular matrix

Ronald J. Midura, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Skeletal biology; bone formation; metabolic bone disease; fracture healing; microgravity; space medicine; mechanical unloading

Michael Moffitt, Ph.D.

Fundamental and translational neural engineering activities. Primary areas of interest are anodic stimulation, low-amplitude neuromodulation (e.g., sub-perception stimulation of peripheral nerve or spinal cord) and photobiomodulation effects on neural elements. Brings 16+ years of industry experience in the medical device field focused on Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) and Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) systems.

J. Thomas Mortimer, Ph.D.

Development of an electronic textbook for Applied Neural Control and understanding the electron transfer processes occurring on platinum neural stimulating electrodes.

George F. Muschler, M.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Stem cell; progenitor cell; bone; cartilage; arthritis; aging; osteoporosis; bone loss; fracture non-union; blood; bone marrow; regenerative medicine; tissue engineering; gender differences; cell therapy; cell processing; orthopaedics; orthopaedic surgery; rheumatology; rehabilitation; quality; clinical outcomes; joint replacement

Christopher Nguyen, PhD, FSCMR, FACC

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Director of the Cardiovascular Innovation Research Center, and Director of MRI Research in the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is a biomedical engineer by training and focuses on developing and clinically translating novel technologies and innovations into the clinic.

P. Hunter Peckham, Ph.D.

Rehabilitation engineering in spinal cord injury; neural prostheses; and functional electrical stimulation and technology transfer


Ela Plow, Ph.D., P.T.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Aging; brain; brain damage; brain plasticity; cancer-related fatigue; chemo brain; functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); hemianopia (vision defect); motor control; motor imagery; motor learning; motor cortex; motor mapping of brain; noninvasive brain stimulation; spinal cord injury; stroke; transcranial direct current stimulation; transcranial magnetic stimulation; neuroimaging; neuromodulation; neurorehabilitation; visual cortex; visual field loss

Christopher Pulliam, Ph.D.

Development of technologies for clinical decision support and neuro-rehabilitation; other areas of interest include closed loop therapies, wearables, and low cost physiological sensors.

Andrew Rollins, Ph.D.

Biomedical optics; real-time in-vivo microstructural, functional, and molecular imaging using optical coherence tomography; diagnosis and guided therapy for cancer, cardiovascular, and ophthalmic disease


Carl Saab, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Saab is the director of the Pain Science Technology And Research (STAR) Lab. Their research is based on emerging scientific findings showing that pain is mediated by brain activity, so their main goal is to define the brain networks mediating pain.

Gerald Saidel, Ph.D.

Mass and heat transport and metabolism in cells, tissues, and organ systems; mathematical modeling and simulation of dynamic and spatially distributed systems; optimal nonlinear parameter estimation and design of experiments


Anirban Sen Gupta, Ph.D.

Targeted drug delivery; targeted molecular imaging; image-guided therapy; platelet substitutes; novel polymeric biomaterials for tissue engineering scaffolds


Sam Senyo, Ph.D.

The Senyo Laboratory seeks to elucidate factors that regulate basal tissue injury response and early development to devise effective strategies for therapeutic regeneration, particularly in the heart. We approach this goal at several levels by integrating information derived from cross-disciplinary techniques of molecular biology, biophysics, polymer chemistry and biomimicry.

Andrew Shoffstall, Ph.D.

Development of minimally invasive neural interfaces for lower risk, lower cost, and higher impact applications in bioelectronic medicine and neural prostheses; other areas of interest include neuroanatomy and physiology, biomaterials, drug delivery, and inflammation.


Ronald Triolo, Ph.D.

Restore/ or enhance the upright and seated mobility, posture and balance in individuals with neuro-musculo-skeletal disorders.


Dustin Tyler, Ph.D.

Sensory restoration; human-machine symbiosis; neuromimetic neuroprostheses; laryngeal neuroprostheses; clinical implementation of nerve electrodes; cortical neuroprostheses; minimally invasive implantation techniques; and modeling of neural stimulation and neuroprostheses

Geoffrey Vince, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Cardiovascular imaging; stroke; histology; image and signal processing; atherosclerosis

Satish Viswanath, Ph.D.

Medical image analysis, image radiomics, and machine learning schemes, focused on the use of post-processing, co-registration, and biological quantitation of imaging data. Applications in image-guided interventions, predictive guidance, and quantitative treatment response characterization in gastrointestinal cancers and inflammatory diseases.

Horst von Recum, Ph.D.

Affinity-based delivery of small molecule drugs and biomolecules for applications in device infection, HIV, orthopedics, cardiovascular, ophthalmology and cancer; directed differentiation of stem cells for tissue engineering applications, such as endothelial cells, cardiomyocytes, motor neurons and T-cells

Matthew Williams, Ph.D.

Focus on experiential education including engineering design, programming, data acquisition/processing, and fabrication. Research interests include control of prosthetics and assistive technology for stroke and spinal cord injury.

David Wilson, Ph.D.

Biomedical image processing; digital processing and quantitative image quality of X-ray fluoroscopy images; interventional MRI



Xin Yu, Sc.D.

Magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy; Metabolic imaging; Diabetes, obesity and metabolic syndrome; Stroke; Blood-brain barrier; Glymphatic function; Cerebrovascular physiology; Neuroimaging; Cardiac MRI

Maciej Zborowski, Ph.D.

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Cell separation; magnetic cell sorting; magnetic nanoparticles; immunomagnetic cell labeling; tissue magnetic susceptibility; red blood cell magnetic susceptibility; cell magnetophoresis; biomagnetism; intracellular iron; iron metabolism; circulating tumor cell separation; tissue progenitor cell separation; stem cell separation; particle tracking velocimetry; cell tracking velocimetry

Mei Zhang, Ph.D.

Nanotechnology for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment; Imaging and Manipulation of Tumor Microenvironment; Cancer Immunotherapy; Adoptive T cell Immunotherapy