Current Trainees

Alexander Alvarez

MD student

Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering

Jokubas Ausra

Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering

Alex Day

Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering

Andrea Deranek

Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering

Patrick Essay

Ph.D. Student in Systems and Industrial Engineering

Adley Gin

Ph.D. Student in Optical Sciences

David Knoff

Ph.D. Candidate in Biomedical Engineering

Daniel Palomares

Ph.D. Student in Biomedical Engineering

Program Director

Jennifer Barton

Director, BIO5 Institute

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Biosystems Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor of Medical Imaging

Professor of Optical Sciences

Professor, BIO5 Institute

co-Directors

Jil Tardiff

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Professor, Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medicine

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Jeong-Yeol Yoon

Associate Department Head for Biomedical Engineering Graduate Affairs

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Biosystems Engineering

Professor of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Program Coordinator

Faculty Mentors

Maria Altbach

Professor of Medical Imaging

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medical Imaging

Jennifer Barton

Director, BIO5 Institute

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Biosystems Engineering

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Professor of Medical Imaging

Professor of Optical Sciences

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Heddwen Brooks

Professor of Physiology

Professor of Physiological Sciences

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Medicine

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Jared Churko

Assistant Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Director, iPS Cell Core

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Assistant Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP

Assistant Professor, Genetics - GIDP

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Lars Furenlid

Professor of Medical Imaging

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Optical Sciences

Henk Granzier

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Physiology

Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Professor, Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Carol Gregorio

Vice Dean for Innovation and Development – COM - Tucson

Department Head, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Co-Director, Sarver Heart Center

Director, Molecular Cardiovascular Research Program

Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Philipp Gutruf

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Samantha Harris

Professor, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Professor, Physiological Sciences - GIDP

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Co-Chair, ABBS Program

Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Professor, Physiology

Minkyu Kim

Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

John Konhilas

Acting Program Director of Physiology

Associate Professor of Physiology

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Chair, Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Timothy Secomb

Professor of Physiology

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Research Professor, Arizona Research Labs

Professor of Mathematics

Professor, Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Professor, Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Marvin Slepian

Associate Department Head for Biomedical Engineering Clinical and Industrial Affairs

Regents Professor of Medicine

Clinical Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Regents Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Regents Professor of Medical Imaging

Regents Professor, BIO5 Institute

Judith Su

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor of Optical Sciences

Assistant Research Scientist, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Vignesh Subbian

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Assistant Professor of Systems and Industrial Engineering

Assistant Professor, BIO5 Institute

Assistant Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences

Assistant Professor, Statistics-GIDP

Assistant Professor, Applied Mathematics - GIDP

Jil Tardiff

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Medicine

Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Professor, Physiological Sciences Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Vice Chair of Research, Department of Medicine

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Rebecca Vanderpool

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Russel Witte

Associate Professor of Medical Imaging

Associate Professor of Optical Sciences

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Associate Professor, Neuroscience Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Jeong-Yeol Yoon

Associate Department Head for Biomedical Engineering Graduate Affairs

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Professor of Biosystems Engineering

Professor of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor, BIO5 Institute

Clinical Mentors

Charles Hennemeyer

Associate Professor, Medical Imaging

Division Chief, Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Program Director, Vascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship

Elizabeth Juneman

Associate Professor, Medicine

Member, UA Sarver Heart Center

Director, Outpatient Cardiology, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South

Karl Kern

Professor, Medicine

Co-Director, UA Sarver Heart Center

Chair, Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group

The Gordon A. Ewy, MD, Distinguished Endowed Chair for Cardiovascular Medicine, UA College of Medicine

Evan Unger

Co-Leader, Cancer Imaging Program

Professor of Medical Imaging

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

External Advisory Board

Jianming Liang, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Arizona State University, Adjunct Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic 

Renata Ramos, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University

Richard Smith, MSEE, CCE, Founder and Chief Engineer, Syncardia Systems, LLC, Tucson, AZ 

Jeff Watson, Ph.D., Product Specialist, W.L. Gore Medical Products Division, Flagstaff, AZ 

Internal Steering Committee

Arthur Gmitro, Ph.D., Head of the Biomedical Engineering Department

James Field, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Graduate Education, College of Engineering

Todd Vanderah, Ph.D., Co-Director of the College of Medicine-Tucson MD/PhD Dual Degree Program

Meg Lota Brown, Ph.D.,Director of the Graduate Center at the Graduate College

Nathan Cherrington, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Research and Graduate studies, College of Pharmacy and T32 Director (T32ES007091 Training in Environmental Toxicology of Human Disease).