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.

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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.

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Lab Assistants

Andrew J. Schluchter

Lab Manager, Research Associate, and Graduate Student

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. He graduated in May, 2016 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.S. in biology, and is now living in the San Diego area working at UCSD as a lab manager and research associate under Dr. Elliot McVeigh. Continuously designing and building projects outside of school in the meantime, he is looking to begin graduate studies at UCSD in 2017.

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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Davis Vigneault, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Davis graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biochemistry from Tufts University in 2011.  He then began medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine, and in his second year joined the combined MD/DPhil Medical Scientist Training Program as an NIH-Oxford Scholar.  For his graduate work, Davis was co-advised by Prof. Alison Noble, DPhil, at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and Dr. David Bluemke, MD, PhD, at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center.  Davis successfully defended his thesis, titled “Quantification of Regional Cardiac Function: Clinically-Motivated Algorithm Development and Application to Cardiac Magnetic Resonance and Computed Tomography,” in September of 2017.  Davis has joined the CViL group as a postdoctoral scholar, where he will continue his research into the application of deep neural networks to the analysis of functional cardiac computed tomography.

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Graduate Student Researchers

Lauren Severance

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Lauren is currently a PhD student in the bioengineering department. 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.

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Gabrielle Colvert

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Gabby received a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 2016. She is currently a PhD student in Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego. She is working on her thesis project, “Comprehensive analysis of endocardial strain using 4DCT.” Specifically, she is interested in using noninvasive imaging for earlier diagnosis of cardiac diseases and patient stratification for minimally invasive interventions.
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Ashish Manohar

Graduate Student in Mechanical Engineering

Ashish is a PhD Candidate in the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at UC San Diego. He received his BE (2015) and MS (2017) degrees in mechanical engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore and UC San Diego, respectively. His research interests include cardiac mechanics and improving the spatio-temporal resolution limits of 4DCT for the assessment of regional cardiac function.

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Zhennong Chen

Graduate Student in Bioengineering

Zhennong is currently a Ph.D. student in the bioengineering department. His previous research focused on developing a novel algorithm to accurately measure the coronary stenosis diameter in CCTA. He is now researching the application of deep learning techniques on CT image processing.

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Masters Students

Chansu Kim

Masters Student in Bioengineering

Kyle is a M.S student in Bioengineering at the University of California San Diego. He was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea until 2010. He received B.S degree from Georgia Tech in Biomedical Engineering. Kyle served in the Republic of Korea Army in 2013 for two years and was discharged as a sergeant. He is currently working on his project for MS thesis: developing automated left ventricular myocardium segmentation using CT images to further study LV myocardium function.

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