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

Mar. 18th

New Publication Alert! Valentina Publishes a Research Article
PhD candidate Valentina Dargam publishes a manuscript in Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, titled “S2 Heart Sound Detects Aortic Valve Calcification Independent of Hemodynamic Changes in Mice”. Check out her publication here. Congrats Valentina!

Mar. 17th

Dr. Hutcheson Gives a Presentation at Pitt!

Dr. Hutcheson was invited to give a seminar series at University of Pittsburgh’s department of bioengineering. His presentation, titled “Diagnostic and Treatment Strategies for Cardiovascular Calcification”, focused on the work we are doing in the lab to both identify and treat cardiovascular disease.

Mar. 9th

PhD Students Denise and Daniel Win Awards for Their Presentations at Grad Research Day

FIU’s BME department held the annual Graduate Research Day Symposium on March 9th, 2022. CMRL’s own PhD candidates, Denise Hsu and Daniel Chaparro, won awards at the symposium! Denise won 1st place for her oral presentation while Daniel won 2nd place for his poster presentation. Congrats to both!

Upcoming Events


Spring 2022 Semester

We wish all incoming students a great start to the Spring 2022 semester!

PhD Candidate Amirala’s Doctoral Dissertation Defense

PhD candidate Amirala Bakhshian Nik will have his doctoral dissertation defence on February 14th, 2022 at 10am. We invite you to attend the public defense and join us in room EC2300. Best of luck Amirala, you make us all proud!

Annual Heart Day Symposium

Please join us for our annual Heart Day Symposium on Friday February 18th, 2022, which gathers cardiovascular researchers from across South Florida to discuss current research and lingering challenges in cardiovascular medicine. This all-day event will include seminars by Keith March (M.D., Ph.D.) and Tarak Rambhatla (M.D.), poster symposium featuring cardiovascular research trainees, and a anel discussion on issues and opportunities in cardiovascular medicine. See you there!