Research in the Hutcheson Cardiovascular Matrix Remodeling Lab (CMRL) focuses on the mechanisms through which tissues are built and maintained and the pathological changes that lead to disease. Our primary focus is on cardiovascular disease–the leading cause of death in Western societies. Our research combines advanced imaging, materials science, biomechanics, and molecular biology to connect cellular processes to tissue function. By understanding the ways that cells sense and respond to each other and to changes in their environment, we can develop new ways to detect initiators of disease and find interventions that restore tissue to a normal state. Accomplishing these goals requires an interdisciplinary effort with researchers working at the interface between bioengineering and molecular biology.

Lab News

Sept. 20th

Valentina and Maria place 2nd at Florida Blue Health Innovation Pitch Competition! Lab members won second place at a statewide Pitch Competition! They presented an entrepreneurial pitch related to Valentina’s graduate work on new diagnostic approaches for aortic valve disease.

Aug. 26th

Dan was selected for the MARC U*STAR program Undergrad Dan Cambron was selected for the MARC U*STAR program, an initiative that financially supports underrepresented groups to participate in scientific research. Congrats Dan!

July 3rd

Valentina wins 2019 BMES Career Development Award Valentina wins the 2019 BMES Career Development Award, an award that provides a complimentary registration to this year’s BMES Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and a stipend to help with travel costs. Congrats!

Aug. 26th

Beginning of Fall Semester

First day of Fall 2019 semester at Florida International University. Welcome back to all!

2019 BMES Annual Meeting

Our lab will be presenting research at the 2019 BMES Annual Meeting taking place in Philadelphia, PA.