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

Apr. 18th

Jessica and Maria win summer research internships Undergraduate students Jessica Molina and Maria Giraldo won the Norman Weldon Undergraduate Student Summer Research Internship for summer 2019. Congratulation girls!

Apr. 18th

Valentina wins 1st place at Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium! PhD student Valentina Dargam wins 1st place for her poster presentation at the Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium held at FIU.

Apr. 4th

PATHS-UP Seed Fund Award Our lab was awarded a PATHS-UP Seed Fund grant to develop a biosensing platform to detect serum markers of vascular calcification in collaboration with Dr. Dino DiCarlo’s laboratory at UCLA. We are very thankful and excited for this opportunity!

Apr. 18th


Senior Design Project Showcase

Please join us for the semi-annual Senior Design Project Showcase of the College of Engineering & Computing at Florida International University.

May 1st


Spring Commencement

Join us in congratulating the new class of biomedical engineers graduating Spring 2019 at the Spring Commencement and Induction to the Profession Ceremony on May 1st.