Principal Investigator

Wendy Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Member, Edwards Lifesciences Center for Advanced Cardiovascular Technology

BS, Materials Science and Engineering, MIT.
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, The Johns Hopkins University.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Vijaykumar S. Meli, Ph.D.

PhD, Molecular Biology and Genomics, NIPGR, JNU; New Delhi, India

Doctoral Students

Tim D. Smith

BS, Engineering, Olin College (Needham, MA).

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2013.

Macrophage phenotype in 3D environments

website, twitter

Esther Yu-Tin Chen

BS, Chemical and Materials Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taiwan.

Thuy Luu

BS, Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles.

Jessica Hsieh

B.S., Bioengineering: Biotechnology, UCSD.

Graduate Cardiovascular Applied Research and Entrepreneurship fellowship (NIH T32) recipient

Masters Students


Hamza Atcha


Eric Somogyi

BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of California at Irvine.
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Liu Lab, 2013.

Currently: Quality Assistance Engineer at St. Jude Medical.


Tingting Wang, Ph.D.

BS, Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
PhD, Bioengineering, Arizona State University.
Postdoc, Liu Lab, 2010-2013.

Currently: Alcon Labs, Irvine, CA


Yoon Kyung Kim

PhD, Liu Lab, 2013.
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH).

BS, Chemical Engineering, KAIST (Daejeon, Korea).

Frances McWhorter

BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

MS/PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Liu Lab, 2015.

Currently: FDA, Silver Spring, MD

Systems Biology of Development training grant (NIH T32) recipient

ORCID: 0000-0002-0342-5843

Chase Davis

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine.

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Liu Lab, 2015.

Phoebe Nguyen

BS, Biomedical Engineering: Premed, UC Irvine.

Seunghyun Ha

BS, Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Sung Kyun Kwan University (Seoul, Korea).
MS, Liu Lab, 2013.

Currently: R&D Intern, Microvention

Developing in vitro calcification testing device and anti-calcification strategies for artificial heart valves.

Jessica Leigh Schlosser

B.S., Bioengineering, UCLA.

M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Liu Lab, 2014.

Thanh Chung

B.S., Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine, 2015.