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Lab Members

Dr. Koyal Garg received her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2008 and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Throughout her doctoral studies, her research emphasis was on bioengineering electrospun vascular grafts that could stimulate a favorable macrophage phenotype and angiogenic response.


During her post-doctoral tenure at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (2012-2014), Dr. Garg's interest in regenerative medicine was further reinforced as she focused on the pre-clinical development and testing of biomaterial and stem cell-based therapies for improving functional regeneration of skeletal muscle following traumatic injuries. As a post-doctoral scholar at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2014-2016), she continued her research and developed regenerative therapies utilizing electrical stimulation, laminin-111, and stem cells to improve skeletal muscle mass and function following injury and aging.

Garg Lab Group - Dec 2017


Garg Lab Group - Dec 2018


Garg Lab Group - Dec 2021

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Garg Lab Group - May 2023

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David Johnson


Ph.D. Student

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Avantika Jain


Ph.D. Student

Jamshid Tadiwala


Ph.D. Student

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Connor Tobo

B.S. - M.S. Student

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Mathangi M. Subramanian

M.S. Student

Jessica Robinson

B.S. Student

Saloni Shringarpure

B.S. Student

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Aakash Nagarapu

B.S. Student

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Ryan Mueller

B.S. Student

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Julia Brockhouse


B.S. Student

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Megan Chermack

B.S. Student

Mia Ridolfo

B.S. Student

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Gerard Pena

B.S. Student

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Sainithya Attota

B.S. Student

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Evan Lennox

B.S. Student


  • Samantha Spence, Summer Research Fellow, SOM-SLU


  • Matthew Ernst, Collegiate intern from St. Louis Public School District, Spring 2023

  • Malak Kamil Qastoma, Lafayette High School, Summer 2023



  • Natalia Ziemkiewicz, PhD, Post doc at UT Southwestern Medical Center

  • Aakash Nagarapu, BS, Medical Student at SLU

  • Charles West, MS, Application Consultant US at Brainlab

  • Allison Paoli, MS, Biomedical engineer at Euphrates Vascular

  • Jeffrey Au, MS, Technical Solutions Engineer on the Cupid (Cardiovascular) Team at Epic Systems

  • Hannah Chauvin, MS, GOglobal Procurement Trainee at Millipore Sigma/Merck KGaA

  • Peter Genovese, MS, Clinical Development Manager at Volta Medical

  • Andrew Dunn, PhD, Cell Sciences and Imaging Biologist, Bayer, MO

  • Gabriel Haas, BS-MS, CEO at GenAssist, Inc.

  • Madison Marcinczyk, BS-MS, Systems Engineer at GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI

  • Krishna Patel, BS-MS, Midwestern's University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Muhamed Talovic, BS-MS, Neuroimaging Engineer at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis

  • Robert Scheidt, BS, Medical Student at Washington University in Saint Louis

  • Josh Madsen, BS, Contract R&D Engineer, Cardinal Health, St. Louis, and CTO at GenAssist, Inc.

  • Anjali Patel, BS, Medical Student at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Sara Vendrell, BS, Medical Student at Ponce Health Sciences University, University in Ponce, Puerto Rico

  • Mark Schwartz, BS, Graduate Student at University of Virginia

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