Faculty & Staff

Faculty | Postdoctoral Fellow | Staff

The faculty & staff at the Cardiovascular Regenerative Engineering Laboratory are dedicated to cardiovascular tissue and device design and regenerative engineering in an educational setting.  Learn more about this innovative team below. 



Headshot of Dr. TefftDr. Brandon J. Tefft, Ph.D. 

Interests:  Cardiovascular regenerative engineering, cardiovascular device design, tissue-engineered vascular grafts, tissue-engineered heart valves, biomedical nanotechnology

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Headshot of Shashanka RaoShashanka Rao

Postdoctoral Fellow

About: Shashanka Rao is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Marquette-MCW Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering with a focus on cardiovascular tissue engineering. He obtained his PhD from LSU Health Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana. He specializes in redox biology in the context of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.  



Alexander ArmstrongAlexander Armstrong

Research Technologist

About: Alex Armstrong received his B.S. in Biology from Concordia University‚ÄĒWisconsin in 2022, where he studied aquaphonics under Dr. Mark Schmitz.



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