ISACB Mentorship Committee


The ISACB is happy to announce the formation of a Mentorship Committee! The Mentorship Committee will facilitate the formation of mentor-mentee and peer-to-peer mentoring relationships to foster career development and collaborative opportunities across the ISACB community. Potential mentoring topics include, but are not limited to, career panels, funding opportunities, communication tips, management strategies, and work-life balance. If you are interested in joining the Mentorship committee, please contact any of the following current committee members.


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·       Giovanni Ferrari ( Dr. Giovanni Ferrari is Associate Professor of Surgical Sciences and Scientific Director of the Cardiothoracic Research Program at Columbia University. He has 13+ years of experience in the field of cell biology and cardiovascular medicine. After a postdoc at New York University he became faculty and group leader at University of Pennsylvania first as Assistant and later as Associate Professor. At UPenn he launched the Penn Cardiac Bioregistry for the division of cardiovascular surgery. In 2017 he relocated his program to Columbia University where he is directing the Columbia Biobank for Translational Science (CBTS), an applied human biobank and clinical database supporting translational and precision medicine initiatives. Dr. Ferrari maintain his role as principal investigator of the Penn Cardiac Bioregistry as Adjunct Associate Professor at UPenn. Heart valve and vascular cell physiology, cardiac biomechanics, and the brain-heart axis are Dr. Ferrari’s main research interests and the topic of the large majority of his publications and grants. His research is currently supported by multiple NIH R01s, AHA and other agencies. He serves on the NIH and AHA study sections as well as of other international agencies and scientific journals.


·  Macintosh HD:Users:cgoergen:Documents:Purdue:CVIRL:Lab_Website:public_html:img:CGzoomed.jpgCraig Goergen ( Dr. Goergen is the Principal Investigator of the Cardiovascular Imaging Research Laboratory at Purdue University. His work combines advanced engineering, imaging, and biological approaches to study a variety of cardiac and vascular diseases. With funding from the NIH, NSF, AHA, and the Gates Foundation, Dr. Goergen and his team are working to improve cardiovascular disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, ultimately providing patients with longer and more fulfilling lives. Dr. Goergen received a BS degree in biomedical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and MS and PhD degrees in bioengineering from Stanford University. In graduate school, Dr. Goergen worked with the Biomedical Imaging Group at Genentech to study abdominal aortic aneurysm formation utilizing multiple mouse models. His postdoctoral training in molecular optical imaging at Harvard Medical School focused on cardiac disease and left ventricular remodeling. He joined the faculty at Purdue University in December of 2012 and was recently named the recipient of the 2017 BMES Rita Schaffer Young Investigator Award.


·  Alexey Kamenskiy ( Dr. Kamenskiy is a mechanical engineer and an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Nebraska Medical Center. His research is focused on experimental and computational vascular mechanobiology, vascular pathophysiology and ageing, devices and materials for open and endovascular repair, and non-compressible hemorrhage control. His laboratory Collaboration for Advanced Surgical and Engineering Applications has built one of the largest databases of human artery mechanical, structural, and demographic characteristics in the world including data on more than 500 human subjects in all ages. Dr. Kamenskiy closely collaborates with vascular surgeons in using patient data, human cadaver, swine, bench-top, and computational models to unravel complex pathophysiology of human vasculature, and develop new devices and materials for improved clinical outcomes. His research is funded by the NIH, DoD, and private industry bringing more than $5 million of extramural funding in the past five years. Dr. Kamenskiy holds several patents on vascular devices and is a member of multiple NIH and DoD study sections.


·  Marie Billaud ( Dr. Billaud is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Thoracic Aortic Disease Research Laboratory
Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery
McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine
School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh


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