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Brief Biographies of CVTM Lab Researchers

Principal  Investigator

Seungik Baek, Ph.D.
   Associate Professor
 Department of Mechanical Engineering
   2457 Engineering Building
   Michigan State University
   East Lansing, MI 58824

Dr. Baek is an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Michigan State University. Dr. Baek received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 2003 from Texas A&M University, where he remained to conduct postdoctoral research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering until coming to MSU in 2006. His research focuses on vascular mechanics and their applications to biomedical engineering. He supervises research and education activities in the
Cardiovascular and Tissue Mechanics Research Laboratory. His hobbies are watching college football and basketball games.

Research Associates

Ph.D. Candidates

Byron Zambrano

Byron received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez with an emphasis in Computational Fluid Dynamics. He joined the lab as a PhD student with a focus on computational modeling of blood flow in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. His research also includes study of platelet activation and the formation of intraluminal thrombus layer found in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms.

Hailu Getachew

He graduated from Addis Ababa University (B.Sc), Ethiopia, and Pennsylvania State University (M.SC), in mechanical engineering. He has been teaching and conducting research in different universities. In 2012, he started study for PH.D. degree in Michigan State University, Mechanical Engineering Department. His research interests are in the areas of control, mechatronics, instrumentation, design, and now biomechanics.

Hamid Gharahi

Zhenxiang Jiang

Josh Hubert

Masters Candidates

Undergraduate Researchers

Nathan McLean

Nathan is a sophomore undergraduate student at Michigan State University earning a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics. He is currently working in Dr. Baek’s CVTM lab as an undergraduate researcher. His research focuses on the relation between arterial stiffness and the hemodynamics of pulmonary hypertension patients, including the effects of wall shear stress, the proliferation of smooth-muscle cells, and the activation of the endothelium within the pulmonary artery. He enjoys playing and watching sports, woodworking, and playing chess.  

Turner Miller

Tristan Eggenberger

Josue Natarenmoran

Other Researchers

Kimberly Snook (RET teacher, 2017)


Christina Chan, Chemical Engineering at MSU
Jongeun Choi, Mechanical Engineering at MSU
Adam Dorfman, Pediatric Cardiology at University of Michigan
C. Alberto Figueroa, Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at University of Michigan
Jay D. Humphrey, Bioengineering at Yale University
Farhad Jaberi, Mechanical Engineering at MSU
Lik Chuan Lee, Mechanical Engineering at MSU
Whal Lee, Seoul National University Hospital
ChaeYoung Lim, Statistics and Probability at Seoul National University
Thomas J. Pence, Mechanical Engineering at MSU
Tamara Reid-Bush, Mechanical Engineering at MSU
Liang Zhong, National heart center, Singapore

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Graduate students and postdocs

Undergraduate researchers

RET teachers

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