Meet Ohio State's team of collaborators, perfusionists and staff at COPPER Lab

The COPPER Laboratory at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is comprised of an accomplished team of multidisciplinary collaborators and staff, all of whom are focused on contributing to novel research innovations for organ perfusion, organ protection, engineering and regeneration. Our team members are dedicated to the development of extended ex-vivo donor organ perfusion. This serves as a platform for organ assessment, repair and modification in order to improve organ transplant outcomes and increase the amount of useable organs from donors.

View below to meet our entire team of researchers, perfusionists, leaders and staff that make up the COPPER Lab at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

Our Leaders

Our leaders

Black

Sylvester M. Black, MD, PhD

Co-Director, COPPER Laboratory

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Whitson

Bryan A. Whitson, MD, PhD

Co-Director, COPPER Laboratory

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Collaborators

Collaborators

Sylvester M. Black, MD, PhD

Assistant professor of Surgery
Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University
614-366-1925
Sylvester.Black@osumc.edu

Samir N. Ghadiali, PhD, MS

Associate professor, Biomedical Engineering

Associate professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep
614-292-7742
ghadiali.1@osu.edu

Don Hayes Jr., MD, MS

Director, Artificial Lung and ECMO Research Laboratory
Associate professor, The Ohio State University 
Medical Director, Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
614-722-3425
Hayes.705@osu.edu

Ahmet Kilic, MD

Assistant professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University
614-293-4558
Ahmet.Kilic@osumc.edu

Blaine W. Lilly, PhD

Associate professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Associate professor, Design
W488 Scott Laboratory
201 W. 19th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-2297
Lilly.2@osu.edu

Jianjie Ma, PhD

Professor and Karl P. Klassen Chair, Thoracic Surgery
Operations committee member, CRMCBT
Investigator, Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
Biomedical Research Tower
460 W. 12th Ave.

Columbus, OH 43210
614-292-2636

Peter J. Mohler, PhD

Professor
Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute
110G DHLRI; 473 W. 12th Ave.
614-292-5019
Peter.Mohler@osumc.edu

Thomas Preston, BS, CCT, CCP, FPP

Chief, Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Assist Programs and Academic Affairs
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Adjunct assistant professor
Department of Pediatrics
The Ohio State University
Thomas.preston@nationwidechildrens.org

Bryan A. Whitson, MD, PhD

Assistant professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery
The Ohio State University
614-293-4558
Bryan.Whitson@osumc.edu
Staff

Staff

Michael Allman

Research assistant

Eliza Beal, MD

General surgery resident, MMSP candidate

Eliza W. Beal, MD, is a PGY-2 general surgery resident, post-doctoral research fellow and Masters of Medical Science candidate. She earned a Bachelors of Science in biological anthropology at the University of Michigan and her medical doctorate at the The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is currently a general surgery resident at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She is committed to a research career and intends to pursue a fellowship in Liver Transplantation and Hepatobiliary Surgery. Her research interests include ex-vivo perfusion for liver transplantation and diagnosis and treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma. 

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Curtis Dumond

Research assistant

Curtis Dumond is an undergraduate working on his Bachelors of Science in radiation therapy at The Ohio State University. He has been working at the COPPER lab for two years and has been managing the lab for the last year. During his time in the lab he has been working on the lung and liver perfusion models, helping to modify techniques of the lung and liver procurement surgeries and components of the circuit itself. He looks to finish his degree in 2017 while continuing research in ex-vivo lung and liver perfusion and transplantation.

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Jung Lyw Kim, PhD

Post-doctoral researcher

Kevin Nelson

Biomedical engineering graduate student
Perfusionists at Ohio State

Perfusionists at Ohio State

James Ralston

Supervisor - Perfusion Services
James.Ralston@osumc.edu
Phone: 614-293-2060
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Contact

Administration Office
N-813 Doan Hall
410 West Tenth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

COPPER Laboratory
1023 Wiseman Hall
400 West Twelfth Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-292-7489
CopperLab@osumc.edu

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