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Brandon Fornwalt MD, PhD Principal Investigator

Investigator II (Associate Professor), Institute for Advanced Application
Geisinger Health System

Dr. Fornwalt grew up in South Carolina where he attended the University of South Carolina as an undergraduate in mathematics and marine science. He then worked in a Free Medical Clinic for a year before starting an MD/PhD program at Emory and Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA. After finishing his degrees in 2010, he spent a year doing his internship in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston before joining the faculty at the University of Kentucky. After four years on faculty at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Fornwalt moved to Geisinger where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Institute for Advanced Application.

Chris Haggerty PhD

Dr. Haggerty completed his undergraduate in bioengineering at the Pennsylvania State University where he completed an honors thesis dissertation on mechanical heart valves. He then entered the PhD program in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech where he studied the fluid mechanics associated with surgical repairs for single ventricle congenital heart defects. He joined the Cardiac Imaging Research Lab in January 2013 to research the mechanics and hemodynamics of cardiovascular disease with advanced cardiac magnetic resonance techniques.

Jonathan Suever PhD

Dr. Suever grew up in Huntsville, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he studied Biomedical Engineering. As an undergrad, he worked closely with Dr. Yuhua Song using molecular dynamics simulations to understand the effects of mutations on osteoporosis. Upon completion of his Bachelor’s degree in 2008, he went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory. Drawing upon both the clinical and technical strengths of each of the campuses, he leveraged magnetic resonance imaging and advanced image processing techniques to improve patient selection for biventricular pacemakers.

Linyuan Jing PhD

Linyuan completed her B.E. in Bioengineering at Shandong University in 2008. She then moved to Lexington, KY where she has been working on her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in Dr. Abhijit Patwardhan’s laboratory studying both computational and experimental models to further our understanding of arrythmias and action potential morphologies in the heart. Linyuan is currently working as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Fornwalt’s lab to learn more about cardiac imaging.

Greg Wehner BS

Greg completed his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati in June 2011 and enrolled in the dual MD/PhD program at the University of Kentucky in the Fall. After completing his first 2 years of medical school, Greg began working on his PhD in biomedical engineering. His current research interests include the acquisition and processing of cardiac MRI data to quantify cardiac mechanics. Specifically, he is working to improve the utility of an advanced MRI technique (Displacement Encoding with Stimulated Echoes (DENSE), and its non-Cartesian acquisition and nonlinear image reconstruction) towards the goal of rapid and accurate assessment of 3D cardiac mechanics throughout the left and right ventricles.

Sean Hamlet MS

Sean grew up in Bowling Green, KY where he completed his BS in Electrical Engineering at Western Kentucky University in 2010. He then moved to Lexington, KY where he completed his MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Kentucky in 2012. His master’s thesis focused on extracting acoustic features related to vocal fold kinematics during voice production. Sean is currently pursuing his PhD in Electrical Engineering. His current research interests include the acquisition of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging data and cardiac mechanics derived from advanced imaging techniques. Specifically, Sean is working to improve the acquisition efficiency to reduce scan duration and increase clinical feasibility of advanced imaging techniques.

Boston Children's Hospital and Harvad Medical School

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Andrew Powell, MD Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Learn More
Tal Geva, MD Professor of Pediatiracs and Chief of Noninvasive Imaging Learn More

Univeritsy of Virginia

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Fredrick Epstein, PhD Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering Learn More

University of Kentucky

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Jonathan Wenk, PhD Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Learn More
Moriel Vansburger, PhD Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biomedical Engineering Learn More
Richard Charnigo, PhD Associate Professor, Biostatistics Learn More
Vincent Sorrell, MD Professor and Chair of Cardiovascular Imaging, Cardiology Learn More

Emory University School of Medicine

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Patrick Frias, MD Associate Professor, Pediatric Electrophysiologist Learn More
Peter Fischbach, MD, MA Associate Professor, Pediatric Electrophysiologist Learn More
William Border, MBChB, MPH Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Noninvasive Imaging Learn More

Cardiac Imaging Research Lab
Center for Health Research
Geisinger Clinic
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822-4400