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

Oct. 3rd

The lab receives a Seed Grant!

The lab was a winner of the 2021 PATHS-UP Innovation Seed Fund. This is a 1-year grant that provides $25,000 for innovative projects formulated around creating cost-effective technologies and systems at the point of care for underserved populations. We will be identifying how to measure markers of heart failure non-invasively. Congrats team!

Sept. 2nd

PhD candidate Tong publishes a manuscript!
PhD candidate Lin Tong published his 1st author manuscript “A surface-based calibration approach to enable dynamic and accurate quantification of colorimetric assay systems”. You can read the manuscript here. Congrats Tong!

Aug. 14th

Hooi wins FHRF Researcher of the Year!

Post-doc fellow Hooi Hooi Ng wins the Florida Heart Research Foundation’s “Stop Heart Disease” Researcher of the Year award at this year’s Annual Meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology held in Orlando. The prestigious award includes a check of $50,000, which will be used to help advance her research. Congrats on this achievement Hooi!

Upcoming Events

2021 BMES Annual Meeting

We will be presenting our work at the annual meeting of the Biomedical Engineering Society. PhD candidate Mohammad Shaver will be giving an oral presentation, and PI Dr. Joshua Hutcheson and several lab member will be in attendance. Make sure to stop by the FIU booth (#320) and say hello! This year’s meeting is taking place in Orlando, Fl.

NAVBO Vascular Biology 2021 Meeting

We will be attending North American Vascular Biology Organization Vascular Biology 2021 meeting virtually from Oct. 25-20th. PhD candidate Amirala Bakhshian will have a poster presentation titled “EGFR Inhibition Prevents Vascular Calcification in Chronic Kidney Disease by Modulating Caveolin-1-Dependent Extracellular Vesicle Formation” on Thursday, October 28, 1 pm to 2 pm featured in the “Vascular Signaling in Development and Disease” section. Make sure to check out his awesome work!