UC San Diego - Cardiovascular Imaging Lab

Meet the Team

Investigators and students in CViL come from diverse backgrounds.  Bioengineers, Electrical, Mechanical engineers and Physicists form the technical core of the team.  Active collaboration with clinical colleagues is a primary component of each project we undertake.  Working with clinicians from Radiology, General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, EP and the heart failure group we form comprehensive research teams.


Elliot R. McVeigh, PhD

Lab Director

Before joining the University of California, San Diego, McVeigh was chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, where he founded the Medical Imaging Laboratory. In 1999, McVeigh joined forces with the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics at the National Institutes of Health to develop a research program in cardiovascular interventional MRI. McVeigh had been on the Johns Hopkins faculty since 1988, immediately after earning his Ph.D. in medical biophysics at the University of Toronto, where he also earned a bachelor’s in physics in 1984. Learn More

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Lab Assistants

Andrew J. Schluchter

Lab Manager & Research Associate

Andrew Schluchter is a budding engineer and scientist looking to make significant progress in the bioengineering and medical device fields. Andrew served in the United States Navy as a nuclear electronics technician from 2007 to 2013, and was honorably discharged to pursue higher education at Old Dominion University in Virginia. Learn More

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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Francisco Contijoch, PhD

University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow
Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, School of Medicine

Dr. Contijoch is a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow focusing on the role of imaging as a diagnostic and research tool in cardiovascular disease. A graduate of Johns Hopkins and of the HHMI/NIBIB Interfaces Scholar Program at the University of Pennsylvania, he is a biomedical engineer with research focusing on the use of imaging for advanced assessment of cardiovascular structure, function, and disease. Learn More


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Graduate Student Researchers

Lauren Severance

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Lauren is a 1st year bioengineering graduate student. She grew up in the Kansas City area and earned her bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University in 2016. As an undergraduate, she pursued research on the clinical effects of temporal lobe epilepsy using MRI data. Learn More

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Suhas Budhiraja

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Suhas is currently a second year graduate student in the Bioengineering department. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from PEC University of Technology, India in 2015 and is now working on quantification and estimation of coronary vessel diameter in case of coronary stenosis; using Cardiac CT.” Learn More

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Gabrielle Colvert

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Gabby is a first year PhD student in the Bioengineering department. She was born and raised in Massachusetts but earned her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2016. At CViL she is researching the early detection of cardiotoxicity due to anthracyclines with multimodal imaging. Learn More
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Undergraduate Student Researchers

Ali Ashtiani

Undergraduate Student in Computer Science

CViL Webmaster

Ali is currently a senior undergraduate student at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor of Science in computer science. When he was studying at community college, he had an internship with Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), and he also had a chance to work at San Diego Super Computer Center in summer 2016. He joined the lab in Fall 2016 to develop a Matlab Toolkit with graphical user interface to help clinicians or researchers to use Stretch Quantifier for Endocardial Engraved Zones (squeeze) method which introduced by McVeigh Lab team to assess systolic regional cardiac function from volumetric cardiac CT acquisitions. He is also the webmaster of the CViL lab.

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Zhennong Chen

Undergraduate Student in Bioengineering

Zhennong is currently an undergraduate student at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. He is already enrolled in 5 year B.S&M.S program in UCSD Bioengineering department and will do his master degree’s research in this lab. He is currently working on a new local myocardial function measurement called CT SQUEEZ.

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Pranav Sujitkumar

Undergraduate Student in Bioinformatics

Pranav is an incoming 3rd year Bioinformatics major at UCSD. He works on the CTEPH project to quantify the disease burden of patients. In addition to working with CViL team, he works as a tutor for CSE department. Currently, his future plans are to continue his education into graduate school to delve more into the image processing and image processing analytical tools side of bioinformatics.

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Akhilesh Yeluru

Undergraduate Student in Biotechnology

Akhilesh is currently an undergraduate student at UCSD pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology. He is interested in medical and biotechnological research. He intends on pursuing a career in medicine and keens on gaining experience in the form of clinical shadowing, volunteering, and research.

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