Manuel Rausch

Principal Investigator, ASE/EM, BME
I am the principal investigator in the Soft Tissue Biomechanics Laboratory. Check out my vita for more detailed information.


Graduate Students


William Meador

3rd Year PhD Candidate, BME
Will started at UT in 2016 after graduating from Case Western Research University with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering. His research focuses on characterizing the histomechanical properties of mitral and tricuspid heart valve tissue. 


Kiernan Akers

1st Year PhD Student, BME
Kiernan is a native Texan, and it looks like he won’t be leaving anytime soon!  He works directly with both Sotirios and Dr. Rausch on the right ventricle growth and remodeling project. His contributions to this project revolve around cardiac MRI analysis and triaxial shear testing.


Gabriella Sugerman

1st Year PhD Student, BME
Ella received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the contribution of blood components to the mechanical behavior of blood clots. 


Chen Shen

2nd Year MS Student, ASE/EM
Chen has been with me since 2017. He joined us after receiving a bachelor's and a master's degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Aeronautical Engineering. He is using image analysis tools to build and then use finite element models of the tricuspid valve.


Mrudang Mathur

1st Year PhD Student, ME
Mrudang received a bachelor's degree from Delhi Technological University in Mechanical Engineering. He is currently building a patient-specific tricuspid valve simulation pipeline which will be used in finite element simulations of surgical procedures and medical device testing.


Sotirios Kakaletsis

1st Year PhD Student, ASE/EM
Sotirios received a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He is currently working on the mechanical characterization of right ventricular myocardium through inverse finite element analyses.


Blessing Omoregie

2nd Year Visiting MSc Student
Blessing is a student of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine degree program at the University of Applied Sciences (UAS), Technikum Wien, in Austria. She will be working on coupled biological - mechanical characterization of collagen / fibrin co-gels.

Undergraduate Students


Robert Stephany


Brittany Phillips-Garcia


Parin Thakkar


Arjun Menta


Jacob Stambaugh


Kishore Mugundhan