Leading Team Science in Regenerative Medicine

Program leadership

  • Atta Behfar, M.D., Ph.D., leads the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Atta Behfar, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Director, Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program
    • Deputy Director of Translation, Center for Regenerative Medicine
    • Dr. Behfar is a transplant cardiologist and stem cell biologist with a focus on cardiovascular regeneration.
  • Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., leads the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Mayo Clinic.
    Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Director, Center for Regenerative Medicine

Administrative staff

  • Jilian Foxen is an administrative staff member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Jilian L. Foxen, M.Ed., M.B.A.
    • Ms. Foxen has expertise in organizational leadership and professional development and focuses on ensuring operational alignment with the program's strategic vision and overarching mission.
  • Kari A. Grapp is an administrative staff member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Kari A. Grapp
    • Ms. Grapp has a background in education and cardiology. She supports planning and coordination of the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program and its activities.
  • Paul Stalboerger is an administrative staff member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Paul G. Stalboerger, M.S., PMP
    • Mr. Stalboerger is a project manager facilitating research projects through the discovery-translation-application pipeline to ensure optimal use of available resources.

Research team

  • David K. Arrell, Ph.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    David (D Kent) K. Arrell, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Arrell has expertise in specialized tools to study and quantify proteins in heart tissue and stem cells.
  • Zeji Du, Ph.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Zeji Du, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Du is a molecular biology expert focused on developing nonviral gene delivery approaches and technologies for regenerative therapies.
  • Matthew Hillestad, Ph.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Matthew L. Hillestad, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Hillestad is a gene therapy expert focused on developing cardiac-targeted technologies to deliver novel regenerative therapies to the heart.
  • Dhivya Siddharthan, Ph.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Dhivya V (Dhivya Vadhana) Meenakshi Siddharthan, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Meenakshi Siddharthan is identifying new therapeutic targets at the gene and protein levels using samples from patients.
  • Mary Nagel is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Mary E. Nagel
    • Ms. Nagel supports surgical care and investigative models to enhance the mission and vision of the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
  • Sungjo Park, Ph.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Sungjo Park, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Park is an expert in protein structure and mechanics. He is utilizing nanoimaging tools to inform the design of biologics-based regenerative therapies.
  • Timothy E. Peterson, M.S., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Timothy E. Peterson, M.S.
    • Mr. Peterson is a protein chemist who designs customized extracellular vesicles for regenerative medicine.
  • Lois Rowe is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Lois A. Rowe
    • Ms. Rowe has expertise in processing tissue samples from research studies, allowing researchers in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program to evaluate heart muscle tissue for signs of regeneration.
  • Michael Sabbah, M.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Michael S. Sabbah, M.D.
    • Dr. Sabbah is a National Institutes of Health clinician-investigator fellow in Mayo Clinic's Cardiovasology Training Program. He works to translate innovative regenerative therapies from the lab bench to the patient bedside.
  • Ramandeep Takhter, Ph.D., is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Ramandeep S. Takhter, Ph.D.
    • Dr. Takhter is a cell biology expert developing novel tools that rapidly deliver curative genes (m3RNA) to heart tissue during heart attacks to restore muscle function.
  • Tyra Witt is a research team member in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Tyra A. Witt
    • Ms. Witt is developing avenues in surgical supportive care and investigative models to support the program's mission.

M.D.-Ph.D. students

  • Mark Li is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Mark Li
    • Mr. Li is an M.D.-Ph.D. student focused on developing technologies for use in engineering new heart tissue.
  • Christopher Livia is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Christopher Livia
    • Mr. Livia is an M.D.-Ph.D. student. His research has yielded molecular vehicle technologies to protect the heart during a heart attack and preserve organs for transplant.
  • Tyler Rolland is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Tyler J. Rolland
    • Mr. Rolland is a student in the Graduate Research Employment Program who is focused on cell-free gene delivery technologies for cardiovascular regeneration.
  • Sinibaldo Romero Arocha is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Sinibaldo R. Romero Arocha
  • Ao (Kevin) Shi is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Ao (Kevin) Shi
  • Amanda Terlap is an M.D.-Ph.D. student in the Mayo Clinic Van Cleve Cardiac Regenerative Medicine Program.
    Amanda R. Terlap
    • Ms. Terlap is a doctoral student focused on developing gene and antiviral therapies for regenerative platforms.