Benjamin A. Coppola

Ph.D. Candidate

Research: My research involves the use of large animal experimental models to examine cardiac dyssynchrony and structure-function relationships. In addition to in vivo data acquistion, I use histology methods and computational modeling to obtain a mechanistic understanding of these phenomena.

M.S. in Bioengineering, University of California, San Diego, 2006
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Lehigh University, 2003

Thesis Committee:
Jeffrey Omens, Bioengineering/Medicine, Advisor
Andrew McCulloch, Bioengineering, Co-Advisor
James Covell, Medicine
Sanjiv Narayan, Medicine
Geert Schmid-Schonbein, Bioengineering
Larry Mulligan, Medtronic Inc.

Full-Length Publications:
Ashikaga H, Coppola BA, Yamazaki KG, Villarreal FJ, Omens JH, Covell JW. Changes in myocardial tissue volume during the cardiac cycle: implications for transmural blood flow and cardiac structure. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. [In Submission].
Coppola BA and Omens JH. Role of tissue structure on ventricular wall mechanics. Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics [In Submission].
Coppola BA, Covell JW, McCulloch AD, and Omens JH. Asynchrony of ventricular activation affects magnitude and timing of fiber stretch in late-activated regions of the canine heart. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 293.1(2007): H754-61.
Ashikaga H, Coppola BA, Hopenfeld B, Leifer ES, McVeigh ER, and Omens JH. Transmural Dispersion of Myofiber Mechanics: Implications for Electrical Heterogeneity In Vivo. Journal of the American College of Cardiology 49(2007): 909-916.

Senate Slides
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