Bio

Contact Information:

UIC Bioengineering (MC 063) 851 S Morgan St, 218 SEO Chicago, IL 60607
Office: SEO 223
Lab Location: SEL West 2025
Lab Website: DVJ Lab

Research: The research goal of Daniela’s group focuses on soft-tissue biomechanics and multi-scale mathematical modeling of organ and tissue function, particularly as they pertain to understanding the vascular adaptations to pulmonary hypertension (PH). PH is a progressive vasculopathy that commonly results in intractable right-heart failure and premature death. Each year, nearly 500,000 patients are hospitalized in the United States with PH. Importantly, transplantation of the heart and/or lung currently remains the only curative treatment option. The DVJ Research Group’s immediate research interests rest with understanding the dynamic vascular remodeling process in PH at the biological level and to determine its effects at the system level. Experimental findings are incorporated into mechanistic mathematical models for testable quantitative formulations of organ and tissue function.