Airway Lab People

Faculty | Clinical CollaboratorsPh.D. Student | Alumni

The team at the Airway Biomechanics Laboratory at the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering is led by Principal Investigator Dr. Guilherme Garcia, Clinical Collaborators Dr. John Rhee and Dr. Tucker Woodson, and Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Amin Zarandi.  Learn more below. 




Headshot of Dr. Guilherme GarciaDr. Guilherme Garcia, Ph.D.

Dr. Guilherme Garcia received his Ph.D. in Physics (2001-2005) from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) applied to nasal airflow, otolaryngology, and nasal drug delivery at The Hamner Institutes of Health Sciences at Research Triangle Park, NC (2005-2008). He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in computational biology and airway surface liquid volume regulation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2008-2011). Dr. Garcia joined the Medical College of Wisconsin in October of 2012 as an Assistant Professor in the research-track in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. In July 2016, Dr. Garcia moved to a tenure-track Assistant Professor position and became one of the founding members of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at MCW.  Dr. Garcia regularly teaches the course Transport Phenomena, an introduction to fluid mechanics and its applications in biomedical engineering, as well as Applied Finite Element Analysis, an introduction to computational solid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics.  

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Clinical Collaborators


Headshot of Dr. John Rhee, M.D., M.P.H.Dr. John Rhee, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Rhee is Professor and Chair of the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He specializes in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Rhee has held numerous national positions, including being the current President of the American Board of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and past Editor-in-Chief of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery (recently renamed as Facial Plastic Surgery & Aesthetic Medicine). Dr. Rhee has coauthored more than 100 publications in topics such as nasal airway obstruction and quality of life instruments for skin cancer. He has received multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including being the Principal Investigator of two R01 projects in collaboration with the Airway Lab, namely “Computer modeling of surgical outcomes for nasal airway obstruction” (2009-2013) and “Creating Virtual Surgery Targets & Methods to Improve Outcomes of Nasal Surgery” (2014-2018). Dr. Rhee is our main clinical collaborator in the project Virtual Surgery Planning for Nasal Airway Obstruction.

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Headshot of Dr. Tucker Woodson, M.D.Dr. Tucker Woodson, M.D.

Dr. Woodson is Professor and Chief of Surgical Sleep Medicine in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Woodson has held many national and international leadership positions related to sleep medicine, including being president of the International Surgical Sleep Society and serving on various committees of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Otolaryngology. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in obstructive sleep apnea and has lectured worldwide on issues related to sleep medicine. Dr. Woodson has coauthored more than 100 publications on topics such as surgical techniques and the pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Woodson is our main clinical collaborator in the project Biomechanics of Upper Airway Collapse in Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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Ph.D. Student


Headshot of Shamudra DeyShamudra Dey

Shamudra’s research project is aimed at understanding the biomechanics of upper airway collapse in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The motivation for this project is to develop virtual surgery planning methods to improve the efficacy of surgical procedures to treat OSA. To reach this goal, Shamudra is applying fluid-structure interaction (FSI) simulations to understand how the mechanical stability of the upper airway is regulated by the upper airway anatomy.

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Garcia with Alumni of Respiratory Biomechanics LaboratoryAlumni

Alumni of the Airway Biomechanics Laboratory include postdoctoral fellows, master's students, graduate students and otolaryngology residents.  The team at the Airway Lab is very proud to have had the opportunity to work with each of these amazing individuals, and we are excited to follow their developing careers in the biomedical engineering community and beyond.


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Postdoctoral Fellows

Azadeh A. T. Borojeni, Ph.D.  Product Developer, Qvella Corporation
Yongwoon Jung, Ph.D. Adjunct Assistant Professor, Santa Fe College
Trung Le, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University
Masoud Moghaddam, Ph.D. Electronic Packaging Engineer, TDK InvenSense
M. Amin F. Zarandi, Ph.D. Senior Packaging Thermal Engineer, Analog Power Conversion LLC

Graduate Students

Giancarlo Cherobin, M.D., Ph.D. Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
Kevin Garman, M.S. R&D Engineer II, Medtronic 

Medical Students

Ryan Bailey, M.D.
Anupriya Dayal, M.D.
Courtney Gaberino, M.D.
Jaroslaw Janczy, M.D.
Thomas Leschke, M.D.
Emily Lin, M.D.
Gabriel Oland, M.D.
Anthony Prisco, M.D., Ph.D.
Jacob Thurston, M.D.

Otolaryngology Residents

David Campbell, M.D.
Kevin Casey, M.D.
Hillary Newsome, M.D.
Ruchin Patel, M.D.
Corbin Sullivan, M.D.
Derek Vanhille, M.D.