New Publication Alert! Valentina Publishes a Research Article

March 18, 2022

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”. Congrats Valentina!

Dr. Hutcheson Gives a Presentation at Pitt!

March 17, 2022

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.

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

March 9, 2022

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!

2022 Heart Day Symposium

February 18, 2022

Our PI, Dr. Joshua Hurcheson, and Dr. Sharan Ramaswamy hosted the BME department’s annual Heart Day Symposium on Friday, February 18th, 2022. The symposium gathers cardiovascular researchers from across South Florida to discuss current research and lingering challenges in cardiovascular medicine. This all-day event will included seminars by Keith March (M.D., Ph.D.) and Tarak Rambhatla (M.D.), poster symposium featuring cardiovascular research trainees, and a panel discussion on issues and opportunities in cardiovascular medicine. Both grad and undergrad students from FIU presented their research, and Denise and Daniel (CMRL PhD students) won an award for their amazing presentations. Can’t wait till next year’s symposium!

Amirala successfully defends his PhD dissertation!

February 14, 2022

CMRL’s first PhD student, Amirala Bakhshian Nik, defends his doctoral dissertation. Congratulations Dr. Bakhshian Nik!!! Your hard work and dedication have finally paid off. You will be dearly missed, but we are very happy for you. Best of luck in your next journey!

Sophie joins the lab as a new PhD student!

January 3, 2022

Sophie Ashbrook joins CMRL as a new PhD student. She will be working in our new R01 Project, “Targeting the Caveolae-Dependent Mechanism of Calcifying Extracellular Vesicle Formation”. Welcome to the lab and your PhD journey Sophie!

The lab receives its first R01 NIH grant!

December 1, 2021

The lab receives its first R01 NIH grant!

The grant, titled ”Targeting the Caveolae-Dependent Mechanism of Calcifying Extracellular Vesicle Formation”, will allow Dr. Hutcheson and collaborator Dr. Jin He from FIU’s Department of Physics to conduct novel cardiovascular research targeting arterial calcification induced by chronic kidney disease. This $1.8M, 5-year grant will investigate how the formation of extracellular vesicles influence arterial calcification and test the therapeutic potential of altering vesicle formation in disease. Congrats on the hard work team – may this be the first of many!

PhD candidate Denise obtains dissertation fellowship!

November 5, 2021

PhD candidate Denise Hsu obtains dissertation year fellowship (DYF) from the univertity graduate school at FIU. Starting in Spring 2022, this fellowship will provide support while she is working on her dissetation. Congrats Denise! We are wishing you the best of luck in your final year.

The lab receives a Seed Grant!

October 3, 2021

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!

PhD candidate Tong publishes a manuscript!

September 2, 2021

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” in Analytical Methods Journal. Congrats Tong!

Hooi wins FHRF Researcher of the Year!

August 14, 2021

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!

PhD student Ana receives a T32 Fellowship!

August 1, 2021

PhD student Ana Valentin received a T32 Fellowship from FIU’s Transdisciplinary Biomolecular and Biomedical Sciences (TBBS) program. This fellowship, funded by the NIH, provides fellows with an interdisciplinary and collaborative setting for doctoral training in biomedical research, as well as an annual stipend and tuition coverage for up to 5 years. Congrats Ana!

The lab receives a grant from the Florida Heart Research Foundation!

July 28, 2021

The lab received a 3-year grant from the Florida Heart Research Foundation. The research topic, title “A Novel Small Molecule Therapy for Late-Stage Atherosclerosis”, will identify the feasibility of using a therapeutic drug to prevent or slow the progression of atherosclerosis. Congrats team on this huge milestone!

Ana receives an FIU Undergraduate-to-Graduate Transition Award!

April 30, 2021

Undergraduate student Ana Valentin received an FIU Undergraduate-to-Graduate Transition Award. The FIU Undergraduate to Graduate Program (UtGP) provides financial support in the form of a stipend and tuition for four years as Ana transitions from her undergraduate to graduate studies. We are so proud of you Ana, and best of luck in the start if your PhD journey!

Dr. Hooi Ng wins ISACB’s 2020 Young Investigator Award!

March 20, 2021

Dr. Hooi Ng wins ISACB’s 2020 Young Investigator Award!

The International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB) Early Career Mentorship Committee selected post-doc Dr. Hooi Ng as the winner of the 2020 Young Investigator Award. Dr. Ng presented her work “A biased relaxin receptor agonist, ML290, attenuates atherosclerotic calcification in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice” at the 17th Biennial Meeting, which was held virtually this year. Congratulations on this major achievement Dr. Ng!  

PhD candidate Amirala wins Dissertation Year Fellowship!

March 15, 2021

PhD candidate Amirala Bakhshian Nik wins FIU’s Dissertation Year Fellowship (DYF)! This fellowship will support his final year as he gets ready to defend his PhD thesis. Congrats on this achievement and we can’t wait until your defense!

PhD candidate Dani Chaparro wins FHRF grant!

December 15, 2020

PhD candidate Dani Chaparro wins FHRF grant!

PhD candidate Daniel Chaparro is awarded a grant from the Florida Heart Research Foundation (FHRF). This is a newly established $60,000/year grant that supports both his research and annual stipend. Dani is studying the role of neural-derived cells in the aortic valve. Congrats Dani!

Dr. Hooi Ng wins prestigious AHA Early Career Investigator Award!

November 15, 2020

Dr. Hooi Ng wins prestigious AHA Early Career Investigator Award!

Congratulations to our post-doc Dr. Hooi Ng on winning this years Elaine W. Raines Early Career Investigator Award at the 2020 American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions conference. She, along with other finalists for the award, presented her work on “A novel human relaxin receptor agonist, ML290, attenuates atherosclerosis- and chronic kidney disease-induced vascular calcification in mice” at the conference. This is one of the most prestigious awards for an early career scientists in the cardiovascular field. You continue to make us proud Dr. Ng! Congrats once again.

Sana Nasim successfully defends her PhD thesis!

October 20, 2020

Join us in congratulatiing Dr. Sana Nasim, the first graduate student from our lab to obtain this honor! Sana succesfully defended her PhD thesis and has earned her PhD. She was co-advised by our PI, Dr. Hutcheson, and Dr. Lidia Kos. Congrats Dr. Nasim!

Anet wins 1st place in BME Undergraduate Research Day Symposium

September 26, 2020

Undergrad Anet Sanchz wins 1st place in FIU’s 2020 BME Undergraduate Research Day Symposium for her 2-minute presentation titles “Cardiac Electrophysiological Abnormalities in Chronic Kidney Disease”. Congrats!!

The lab receives an NSF I-Corps award!

September 11, 2020

The lab receives an NSF I-Corps award!

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Hutcheson and Valentina Dargam for receiving notice of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) award, ” I-Cops: AI-based Heart Sound Screening for Early-Stage Heart Disease.” The purpose of the NSF I-Corps grant is to give the team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology from the lab into the market. The award was submitted with the help

PhD candidate Valentina receives 2020 BMES Career Development Award!

August 24, 2020

PhD candidate Valentina receives 2020 BMES Career Development Award!

PhD candidate Valentina Dargam has been selected to receive a 2020 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Career Development Award. This is an award to support travel to the BMES Annual Meeting for Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, and Early Career Professionals from underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering and/or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health. As part of your award, the Society is offering her a full complimentary registration to this year’s Virtual Annual Meeting on October 14-17, 2020. Congrats!

PhD candidate Valentina receives prestigious NIH fellowship!

August 23, 2020

PhD candidate Valentina receives prestigious NIH fellowship!

Join us in congratulating PhD candidate Valentina Dargam on being the first recipient of the National Institute of Health (NIH) F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research award winner from the Department of Biomedical Engineering and in the College of Engineering and Computing at FIU. She is the PI of the fellowship where she will be developing new technology to diagnose aortic valve disease. Congrats Valentina! We are very

Mohammad receives “Best Poster” award at BSI 2020 Symposium.

August 10, 2020

PhD candidate Mohammad Shaver received one of the “Best Poster” awards from the recent Biomolecular Sciences Institute (BSI) 2020 Research Symposium! This symposium featured outstanding research from across FIU, and our lab was well-represented and recognized for our amazing work.

Congrats to Hooi for being selected as a finalist for an AHA award!

July 22, 2020

Congrats to Hooi for being selected as a finalist for an AHA award!

Postdoc Hooi Hooi Ng has been selected by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a  finalist for the Elaine W. Raines Early Career Investigator Award. This is an annual award open to PhD students and postdocs and is given by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB) at the AHA Scientific Sessions. The ATVB council chooses a few finalists who are then invited to give a podium presentation at the AHA conference, where the winner is selected. We are beyond proud of Hooi.

The lab has published a book on “Cardiovascular Calcification and Bone Mineralization”!

July 7, 2020

Our PI, Dr. Joshua Hutcheson, has published a book in collaboration with Dr. Elena Aikawa titled “Cardiovascular Calcification and Bone Mineralization”. The book covers the basic science and clinical aspects of cardiovascular calcification and bone mineralization. Some of our own lab members, such as Jessica Molina and Hooi Hooi Ng, are contributing authors. Congrats to all!

Dr. Hutcheson Presents at the Heart Valve Society Meeting in Dubai!

February 25, 2020

Dr. Hutcheson Presents at the Heart Valve Society Meeting in Dubai!

Our PI was invited to the annual Heart Valve Society meeting to present on the differences and similarities between vascular and valvular calcification.

Sana wins 2nd Place in 3MT Competition!

January 26, 2020

Sana wins 2nd Place in 3MT Competition!

PhD student Sana Nasim wins 2nd place at FIU’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition. Congratulations

Undergrad Dan Completes Matlab Course at MIT

January 7, 2020

Undergrad Daniel Cambron was invited to participate in a Matlab Quantitative Methods Workshop at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This is a seven-day intensive workshop designed to introduce students to quantitative tools and programming languages used to analyze experimental data in biology and neuroscience. Congratulations on this achievement!

PhD Candidate Amirala Wins Prestigious Award

January 1, 2020

PhD candidate Amirala Bakhshian Nik wins Ajabshir International Research Scholarship Award, founded by the Ajabshir family to support international student researchers pursue graduate degrees at Florida International University. Congrats!

We are going to eMerge Americas 2020!

December 11, 2019

We are going to eMerge Americas 2020!

PhD student Valentina Dargam competed and won a spot into the Emerge Americas 2020 Startup Showcase, where she will get the chance to pitch her entrepreneurship research. eMerge Americas is an event (March 30-31st, 2020) where over 16K attendees, startups, investors, corporate executives, higher education institutions, and government leaders will convene in Miami Beach, FL to showcase technology trends that transform industries and global communities. Congrats!

Valentina and Maria place 2nd at Florida Blue Health Innovation Pitch Competition!

September 20, 2019

Valentina Dargam (PhD student) and Maria Giraldo (Undergraduate researcher) just won second place at the 2019 Florida Blue Health Innovation Pitch Competition! The award includes $5,000 in prize money! They presented an entrepreneurial pitch related to Valentina’s graduate work on new diagnostic approaches for aortic valve disease. They participated on a summer long mentorship program to learn more about entrepreneurship and business development. In addition to winning the second prize at this competition, they were also invited to pitch their idea at another conference later in the year, and several potential investors and collaborators have expressed interest in helping move the idea forward.

Dan was selected for the MARC U*STAR program

August 26, 2019

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!

Valentina wins 2019 BMES Career Development Award

July 3, 2019

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. This award to support either underrepresented populations in biomedical engineering and/or involved in research and training focused on health disparities and minority health. Congrats!

Amirala wins scholarship to attend VASCULATA 2019

June 12, 2019

Amirala wins a travel scholarship to attend VASCULATA 2019 at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI. VASCULATA is a meeting that combines self-study programs, workshops, and seminars on cardiovascular biology and cardiovascular disease from leaders in the field. Well deserved!

Amirala passed his PhD dissertation proposal

May 24, 2019

Amirala passed his PhD dissertation proposal

Amirala is the first CMRL member to present and pass his PhD dissertation proposal. Congrats to Amirala, you are one step closer to the finish line!

Jessica and Maria win summer research internships

April 18, 2019

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. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students to participate in faculty research during the summer. The award is intended to support students with an interest in pursuing a career in research with plans to attend graduate studies in biomedical engineering. Congratulation girls!

Valentina wins 1st place at Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium!

April 18, 2019

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. She won in the health sciences and life sciences category for her work on diagnosing early stages of aortic valve remodeling. Congratulations on your awesome work!

Congrats to Mohammad for passing his qual exam!

April 17, 2019

Congrats to Mohammad for passing his qual exam!

PhD student Mohammad Shaver successfully passed his BME qualification exam and is now an official PhD candidate. Congratulation on this great milestone future Dr. Shaver!

Amirala and Valentina win poster presentation awards

April 5, 2019

Amirala and Valentina win poster presentation awards

Phd students Amirala Bakhshian Nik and Valentina Dargam won first and second place, respectively, at FIU’s 2019 Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) Graduate Symposium. They were winners from the college of Engineering and Computer Science category and will representing FIU at the 2019 Conference of Florida Graduate Schools. The will be presenting their research at the Statewide Graduate Research Symposium Poster Competition on April 18th, 2019. We are very proud of you both!

PATHS-UP Seed Fund Award

April 4, 2019

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!

2019 Engineering Expo

February 22, 2019

2019 Engineering Expo

Our lab participated in FIU’s 2019 Engineering Expo, an event where over 1,500 K-12 students tour engineering labs. We got to explain and show the amazing research going on in our lab!

2019 Heart Day Symposium

February 15, 2019

2019 Heart Day Symposium

Our lab members participated in the 2nd annual Heart Day Symposium, an event hosted by our very own PI. During this event, we are bringing awareness to cardiovascular disease through the presentation of the Miami community’s research through lectures and poster presentations.

PhD student Sana Nasim is awarded a two year grant

January 8, 2019

PhD student Sana Nasim is awarded a two year grant

Sana Nasim, a PhD student co-advised with Dr. Lidia Kos in the Department of Biological Sciences at FIU, receives a two year grant from the Miami Heart Research Institute.

Dr. Hooi Ng receives a Postdoc Fellowship

January 1, 2019

Dr. Hooi Ng receives a Postdoc Fellowship

Dr. Hooi Ng, a postdoctoral fellow co-advised with Dr. Agoulnik from the FIU College of Medicine, receives an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship.

CMRL partners with the Motivational Edge for community outreach

November 11, 2018

CMRL partners with the Motivational Edge for community outreach

CMRL starts to participate in Family Fun Sundays, a once a month event hosted by the Motivational Edge, to teach kids in the community all about cardiovascular health.

Dr. Hutcheson receives “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year Award”

August 22, 2018

Dr. Hutcheson receives “Stop Heart Disease Researcher of the Year Award”

Our PI has been awarded this year’s “’Stop Heart Disease’ Researcher of the Year Award” by the Florida Heart Research Foundation at the annual meeting of the Florida Chapter of the American College of Cardiology.

Valentina Dargam receives a McNair Graduate Fellowship

August 21, 2018

Valentina Dargam receives a McNair Graduate Fellowship

PhD student receives an FIU McNair Graduate Fellowships that provides four years of financial support.

CMRL welcomes two new PhD students

August 20, 2018

CMRL proudly welcomes Daniel Chaparro and Valentina Dargam as PhD students.

Daniel Chaparro receives travel award to attend the World Congress of Biomechanics

July 2, 2018

Daniel Chaparro receives travel award to attend the World Congress of Biomechanics

CMRL undergraduate student receives a travel award to present his research at an international conference.

Mohammad Shaver transfers from the MS to PhD program and begins his dissertation work in the CMRL

June 11, 2018

Daniela Medina is admitted to Penn State College of Medicine

June 4, 2018

Daniela Medina is admitted to Penn State College of Medicine

CMRL undergraduate researcher is admitted to medical school for Fall 2018. We wish her the best of luck in her new journey!

Manuel Garcia selected as a Norman Weldon Undergraduate Scholar

May 21, 2018

Undergraduate researcher receives an FIU Biomedical Engineering Department award to participate in research during the summer. The awards are intended to support students with an interest in pursuing a career in research with plans to attend graduate studies in biomedical engineering.

Mohammad Shaver and Manuel Garcia receive funding from the FIU Biomedical Research Initiative

May 13, 2018

CMRL receives Wallace H. Coulter seed funding to explore neural contributions to aortic valve remodeling

May 7, 2018

CMRL welcomes Denise Hsu as a new PhD student co-advised by Dr. Ramaswamy

August 21, 2017

CMRL welcomes Denise Hsu as a new PhD student co-advised by Dr. Ramaswamy

CMRL receives a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association

July 3, 2017

CMRL receives Wallace H. Coulter seed funding to explore neural contributions to aortic valve remodeling

May 8, 2017

Amirala Bakhshian Nik receives funding from the FIU Biomedical Research Initiative

May 1, 2017

CMRL welcomes Amirala Bakhshian Nik as the first PhD student in the lab

January 10, 2017

CMRL welcomes Amirala Bakhshian Nik as the first PhD student in the lab

CMRL opens up shop at FIU

August 15, 2016

CMRL opens up shop at FIU