News and Events



  • Congratulations to Jenny Cheng for earning her PhD, spring 2020! Her thesis is titled “Sex-Dependent Structural-Functional Relationships in the Right Ventricle”.

  • Madison Freeman was awarded a T32 scholarship for the second year in a row, from the UW Cardiovascular Research Center training program.
  • The VTB group is making the most of the Stay-At-Home order during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we are enjoying a virtual lab meeting discussion!

  • Collaborator Farhan Raza, MD presented “Pulmonary Hypertension Physiological Phenotyping and the Role of Exercise” at UW-Madison in February, 2020.

  • Dr. Chesler gave a talk at the AHA Scientific Sessions Conference in November 2019. Also, VTB lab members and alumni reunited at the conference.

  • At the AHA Scientific Sessions Conference in November 2019, Jenny Cheng presented a poster titled “Enhanced Right Ventricular Contractility in Female but not Male Rats in Pressure Overload Despite Comparable RV Afterload”.

  • At the 2019 Cardiovascular Research Summit for the CVRC at UW-Madison in October, Dr. Chesler was invited to deliver a talk and Madison Freeman presented a poster.

  • Lesley Arant, a rotating graduate student, spent a month with us in October. Thank you for your hard work, Lesley!

  • Congratulations to Dr. Chesler for receiving the ASME McDonald mentoring award for 2019.
  • Angela Olvera, an MSTP student at UW-Madison, worked with the VTB group in summer 2019. Thank you for your contributions, Angela!

  • Congratulations to Ashely Mulchrone for earning her PhD, spring 2019! Her thesis is titled “Biomechanics of right ventricular function in developmental and acquired pulmonary vascular disease”.

  • Congratulations to David Schreier for earning his PhD, spring 2019! His thesis is titled “Role of red blood cells in sickle cell disease and the progression of pulmonary hypertension”.

  • Congratulations to Ryan Gassner for receiving the Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2019.
  • Professor Chesler was invited to give a seminar at Clemson University in February 2019, as part of the Page Morton Hunger Distinguished Seminar Series.
  • In December 2018, we said goodbye to Menno Douwes, a visiting MD/PhD from the University of Groningen. Thank you for working with us this fall, and we wish you the best.

  • Congratulations to Professor Chesler for being awarded BMES Fellow Status!
  • At the AHA Conference in November 2018, graduate students Ashley Mulchrone and David Schreier presented posters, and Jenny Cheng delivered a talk. The group attending the conference was also able to reconnect with alumni.
  • Goodbye, Byron Zambrano! Best of luck with your next adventures, and thank you for all the great work during your postdoc.
  • Congratulations Gregory Wolf! He will be starting as Biomedical R&D Engineer at Endotronix.
  • Goodbye Jenny Philip! You’ve been a wonderful postdoc and we wish you luck in your future endeavors!
  • Congratulations to Ryan Pewowaruk for getting his Master’s Degree in spring 2018!
  • Our medical students Chelsea Sloan and Tom Murphy presented their work at Shapiro Research Symposium.


  • Ashley Mulchrone, David Schreier and Gregory Wolf presented their work on Impact of Prior High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema on Pulmonary Hemodynamics, Sickle Cell Disease -Pulmonary Hypertension and Effects of Structurally-similar extracellular metalloproteinases bone morphogenetic protein 1 (BMP1) and tolloid-like 1 (TLL1) in Cardiovascular Function and Structure, respectively at BMES, fall 2017.


  • Jenny Cheng presented her work on Mitochondrial Alterations in Right Ventricular Dysfunction Secondary to Chronic Pressure Overload at Physiological Bioenergetics: Mitochondria from Bench to Bedside, summer 2017.
  • Congratulations to Ryan Pewowaruk for getting the Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship (WDGF) for the 2017-2018 academic year!
  • One of our projects was recently in the Wisconsin State Journal, summer 2017!
  • Congratulations to Ryan Pewowaruk for presenting as a finalist in the PhD competition at SB3C, summer 2017!
  • David Schreier also presented his work on Sickle Cell disease and pulmonary hypertension at SB3C, summer 2017.
  • Congratulations to Mark Golob for earning his PhD, spring 2017!


  • We got to see some of our lab’s alumni at SB3C.


Future events:

SB3C 2021

BMES 2021

More past events:

Ice Cream Social - July 2019

VTB at the Cascade - March 2019



Cookie Decorating - November 2018

VTB at the Cascade - 2017

Solar Eclipse - 2017

Summer Radicals Game and Farewell to Shapiro Students - 2017

Summer Lab Gathering - 2017

Treinen Farm and Corn Maze - Fall 2016