Meet The LabUCLA - Cardiovascular Engineering Research Laboratory

Tzung K Hsiai

  • Dr. Tzung K. Hsiai

    Dr. Hsiai is the Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Bioengineering. He received his undergraduate education from Columbia University and his MD from the University of Chicago. He completed his internship, residency and NIH-funded cardiovascular fellowship at UCLA School of Medicine, where he pursued interdisciplinary research in BioMEMS and vascular biology.

    His group’s research focuses on flexible sensors to study mechano-signal transduction of cardiovascular diseases. His group has developed the quantitative approach to monitor intravascular shear stress and vascular oxidative stress to assess unstable plaque. His transdisciplinary research program has been enriched by collaboration with UCLA Wireless Health Institute, Medical Imaging Informatics, Atherosclerosis Research Unit, Cardiovascular Research Lab, Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology, and UCLA Center for Human Nutrition.

    He is the Chair of the American Physiological Society Joint Meeting with Biomedical Engineering Society, Member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, Member of National Institutes of Health Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Surgical Science Study Section, Fellow of American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the recipient of an American Heart Association John J. Simpson Outstanding Research Achievement Award and UCLA SEAS Distinguished Young Alumnus Award.

Senior Scientists

  • Dr. Rongsong Li, PhD
    Adjunct Associate Professor

    Ph.D., Biochemistry, Tuft University
    M.S., Biochemistry, Shanghai Institute of Biochemisty
    Chinese Academic of Science B.S., Biochemistry, Wuhan University, China

  • Dr. Jianguo Ma, PhD
    Project Scientist

    Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University
    M.S., Acoustics, Shandong University, China
    B.S., Physics, Shandong University, China

  • Dr. Yicheng Ding, PhD
    Project Scientist

    Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Peking University, China
    B.S., Precision Instrument, Tsinghua University, China

  • Dr. Rene Parkard, MD
    Project Scientist

    Ph.D., Cellular, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, UCLA
    M.D., University of Geneva, Switzerland
    B.S., College Voltaire Geneve, Switzerland

  • Dr. Tyler Beebe, PhD
    Project Scientist

    Ph.D., Bioengineering, UCLA
    M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
    B.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California

  • Dr. Nelson Jen, PhD
    Project Scientist

    Ph.D., Bioengineering, UCLA
    M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
    B.S., Biomedical Engineering, UC Irvine

Grad Students

  • Parinaz Abiri
    MD/PhD student

    MD/PhD Student in Bioengineering at UCLA
    B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from UC Irvine
    Summa Cum Laude, David Geffen UCLA MSTP Scholarship Recipient

  • Juhyun Lee
    PhD candidate

    M.S., Biomedical Engineering, University of Southern California
    B.S., Bioengineering, University of Utah
    American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship Awardee

  • Kyung In Baek
    PhD candidate

    PhD Candiate in Bioengineering
    B.S., Bioengineering, University of Utah

  • Roy Chen
    Master candidate

    B.S. in Bioengineering, UCLA 2016

  • Amir Kaboodrangifaem

    B.S. in Bioengineering, UCLA 2015
    M.S. in Bioengineering, UCLA 2016

  • Bill Zhou, MSIII
    Medical Student

    B.S. in Bological Science, USC

  • Steve Zhou, MSII
    Medical Student

    B.S. Biomedical Engineering, USC 2014
    MD Candidate, David Geffen School of Medicine 2019
    USC Trustee Full Tuition Merit Scholar
    W.V.T Rusch Engineering Honors
    "Biomechanical Evaluation of Three Fixation Methods for Distal Fibula Fractures.” Currently under review.
    UCLA Mobile Clinic Project Medical Coordinator
    UCLA Geffenotes A Cappella President

  • Chih-Chiang Chang
    PhD student

    B.S.: Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University
    M.S.: Biomedical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

  • Jeff Hsu
    PhD student

    PhD Student in Molecular, Celluler & Integrative Physiology, UCLA
    UCLA School of Medicine Specialty Training And Advanced Research (STAR) fellow
    M.D, UCLA
    M.S, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
    B.S, Mechanical Engineering, MIT
    Research Topic: Cardiac valve formation


Visiting Scholars


  • UCLA Atherosclerosis Research Unit
    Mohammad Navab
    Srinivasa Reddy
    Alan Fogelman

  • UCLA Cardiovascular Research Laboratory
    Thao P. Nguyen
    James N. Weiss

  • UCLA Valvular and vascular Calcification
    Linda L. Demer
    Yin Titut
    Kristina Bostrom

  • UCLA Clinical Nutrition
    Zhaoping Li

  • California Institute of Technology
    Y. C. Tai (MEMS)
    Hyuck Choo (Optics)
    Nal-Chang Yeh (Physics)

  • Stanford University
    Alison L. Marsden (Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering)

  • University of Southern California
    J C. C. Kuo (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)
    Kirk Shung , Qifa Zhou
    (NIH Ultrasonic Transducer Resource Center)

  • University of California, San Diego
    Neil Chi (Developmental Biology)
    Yury Miller (Cardiology)

  • Medtronic
    Fei Yu, PhD, Senior Engineer
    Rebecca Gottlieb, PhD, Senior Director, Advanced Research
    Walter Baxter, PhD, Principal Scientist

  • Edwards Lifesciences
    Lisong Ai, PhD
    Ming Wu(Senior Vice President for Research at Edwards Lifesciences)

  • Mayo Clinic
    Xiaolei Xu, PhD
    Director, Zebrafish Genetics Laboratory

  • Johnson & Johnson
    Rajesh Pendekanti, PhD
    Director, R&D @ Biosense Webster

  • Amgen
    Linda Narhi, PhD
    Scientific Executive Director, Process Development; Amgen, Inc.

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