Multiscale Cardiovascular Fluids Laboratory

Lab Members

Venkat Keshav Chivukula

Venkat Keshav Chivukula

 Hey there! I'm Keshav, and welcome to our lab website! I am a researcher and educator in the field of biomedical engineering. The human body, and the cardiovascular system specifically, is fascinating, and forms the focal point of my research. 

I have a background in mechanical engineering, with a PhD in biomedical engineering. I obtained my BE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India, MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa. I was a post-doctoral researcher at the Oregon Health and Science University and the University of Washington, where I was awarded an American Heart Association (AHA) postdoctoral fellowship and the Young Investigator Fellowship by the American Society of Artificial Internal Organs (ASAIO) for my research on heart failure. Following that, I was a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Texas near Dallas for a year, where I was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award in 2020.

I also love to teach and enjoy empowering students in the fantastically intriguing (and of course, complex!) realm of engineering. Additionally, I enjoy doing outreach by spreading the power of knowledge (especially in STEM fields) to the youth of today.
You can explore my research projects, teaching experience and outreach and information about who I am from the different pages of my website. Feel free to contact me to learn more about how we can collaborate on research, teaching or just having a latte :)


Ruth White

I am a teaching and research assistant here at Florida Tech while I pursue my PhD in biomedical engineering. I graduated with my BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of North Texas in the Spring of 2020 with minors in mechanical engineering and math. I happily moved here to Florida when given the opportunity to research the cardiovascular system alongside Dr. Keshav. I enjoy helping students reach their full potential! My aim, as a biomedical engineer, is to provide technology to create a new standard of healthcare for future generations.


Dina Dragoljic

I am a senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering, with a minor in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. I am graduating in May 2021 and am looking to continue my education by first obtaining my masters in Biomedical Engineering, and then a PhD. My passion for biomedical engineering stems from my desire to help humankind by developing better and more efficient ways for healthcare professionals to provide care.

I’m from Rome, Italy and outside of school I love reading, writing, creating digital art, and exploring new places! Two curious facts about me are that I am fluent in four languages (English, Italian, Serbian, and French) and I used to be a competitive tennis player.


Ana Regina Dehesa

I’m Ana! I finished my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Florida Tech in May 2020 with a minor in Computational Mathematics. I’m currently in my Optional Practical Training (OPT) year working for Dr. Keshav’s lab and have plans to continue a PhD later on. My passion for BME comes from the enormous potential it has to help humanity through science, one of the things I love most!



Dorian Durig

My name is Dorian Durig. I am junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Florida Institute of Technology. I plan to complete my studies and obtain a masters in Biomedical Engineering and potentially furthering my education with a pursuit of a medical degree. My interest in both engineering and the mechanics of the human body have been with me since I was in elementary school.  Having now been studying both for two years in college my interest and motivation to be able to work in these fields have increased exponentially.   I look forward to continuing in this important field and being able to both support and help people in need.



Natalie Hill

Hi, my name is Natalie and I’m a junior in Biomedical Engineering. The biomedical field seems so interesting to me because it can be applied in so many different ways to help solve so many different types of healthcare problems. Outside of academics, I’m a student athlete on the women’s soccer team and enjoy spending my time near the water. In my free time I like to fish, kayak, go to the beach, practice photography, and just explore all that Florida’s nature has to offer!



Rachel Hillner

Hi, I am Rachel. I am a junior in biomedical engineering. I particularly enjoy BME because of the vast applications relevant to the challenges healthcare faces today. In my free time I enjoy playing soccer (I am a member of the women’s soccer team), spending time outside, and FaceTiming my parents so I can talk to my dogs at home.



Samuel Dorian

Hi, my name is Sam Dorian, I am currently a masters student at Florida Tech getting my degree in biomedical engineering specializing in tissue engineering and biomaterials, where I had just received my Bachelors in the spring. I have always loved mathematics and science and really fell for biomedical engineering once I realized the vast positive impact it can have on humanity and from watching Grey’s Anatomy. I am from Massachusetts and a huge Boston sports fan especially the Patriots and Celtics. My hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music, hanging out with my friends and adventuring in nature.



Samantha Sequeira 

My name is Samantha Sequeira and I am a sophomore in biomedical engineering. I am from New Providence, New Jersey. I am fascinated by the heart and cardiovascular system and want to specialize in tissue engineering and eventually organ regeneration. I am a retired gymnast and currently a competitive cheerleader for Florida Tech. I love the beach and am always looking for my next adventure.