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Dr. Shayn
Peirce-Cottler, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Peirce-Cottler is Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia (UVA) with joint appointments in UVA School of Medicine's Dept. of Ophthalmology and Dept. of Plastic Surgery. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES). She is also Past-President of The Microcirculatory Society.

She has always been fascinated by the microcirculation and how it grows and adapts in response to normal physiological processes and to disease. Her lab studies these processes using a combination of experimental and computational approaches in order to determine basic mechanisms and to identify new treatment strategies.

In addition to performing research, she also teach courses about how biomedical engineers use computer modeling to understand complex biological processes and engineer new therapies. Dr. Peirce-Cottler is passionate about K-12 STEM education outreach, and  regularly visits middle school and high school classrooms to share her love of biomedical engineering with the next generation of biomedical engineers. 

Most of her publications are listed with the name "Shayn M. Peirce" (my maiden name), but some are listed with the name "Shayn Peirce-Cottler" or "Shayn M. Peirce-Cottler".

University of Virginia


Doctorate of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, 2002


Johns Hopkins University 

Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering and

Engineering Mechanics (double major), 1997



Anthony is the lab manager for the Peirce-Cottler Laboratory at the University of Virginia. His technical expertise spans microsurgical techniques, pre-clinical models, intravital imaging, and molecular biology techniques. His research interests are in studying microvascular adaptations in settings of chronic and acute inflammation. 

James Madison University


Master of Science, Biology, 2000

Bridgewater College 

Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1997

Anthony Bruce
Lab Manager



Ramon Castellanos-Sanchez

Ph.D. Candidate (2019-present)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Florida International University

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Tien Comlekoglu

Ph.D. Candidate (2021-present)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering,

Virginia Commonwealth University

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David Csordas

Ph.D. Candidate (2021-present)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering,

Univ. of Connecticut

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Lilly DeCostanza

Ph.D. Candidate (2021-present)

B.S. Biomedical Engineering,

Binghamton University


Kareem El-Ghazawi

Ph.D. Candidate (2020-present)

B.S. Nanomedicine, 

University of Virginia


Scott Skalak

Ph.D. Candidate (2023-present)

B.S. Bioengineering, 

University of California, San Diego


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Dori Beck

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Candidate (2023-present)

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Lilly Cucuzzella

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Candidate (2023-present)

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Yash Veeramasu

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Candidate (2022-present)

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