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

4th Year PhD Candidate, BME
NIH F31 Fellow. 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 tricuspid heart valve tissue. 


Kiernan Akers

2nd 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

2nd Year PhD Student, BME
Ella received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo in Biomedical Engineering. Her research focuses on the contribution of blood components to the mechanical behavior of blood clots. 


Mrudang Mathur

2nd 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

2nd 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.

Undergraduate Students


Robert Stephany


Brittany Phillips-Garcia


Parin Thakkar


Arjun Menta


Kieran Smith