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Narutoshi Hibino, MD PhD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Section of Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery
The University of Chicago
Advocate Children’s Hospital


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Takahiro Inoue, MD PhD
Post Doc Fellow (Sep 2017 -)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Department of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery
From The Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan.

In Hibino’s Lab, we always carry out state-of-the-art experiments.
And all the lab members are very friendly and cooperative.
To start your research experience, this lab will provide a full and complete environment to you.
Let’s work together and achieve excellent research!!


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Hiroshi Matsushita, MD (Nov 2017-)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Faculty of Medicine, Sapporo Medical University, Japan
Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kitasato University, Japan (Jun 2015 – )
Division of Cardiovascular surgery, Kanto Rosai Hospital, Japan (Jul 2015 – Nov 2017)
Division of Cardiovascular surgery, Sakakibara Heart Institute of Okayama (Apr 2012 – Jun 2015)
Division of Cardiovascular surgery, Ageo Central medical Hospital (Apr 2008 – Mar 2012)
Vivian Nguyen (July 2019- )
Bioengineering PhD course, Ilinois Institute of Technology
University of Chicago (graduate 2019)
Shanxiu Xu (October 2019-)
Research Assistant
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2016-2019

Jason Yusheng He (March 2020-)
Post doctoral fellow at University of Chicago 2020- Present
PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2013-2020
B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology 2010-2013

George Li (January 2020-)
University of Chicago, Biological Sciences, Biological Chemistry, and Chemistry Undergraduate Student (2020 – )

Willa Li (February 2020-)
M.D. Candidate, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine ’23
B.A. Chemical & Physical Biology, Harvard University ’19
Natalie Choi (December 2019 -)
University of Chicago, Biology (Quantitative) and Religious Studies Undergraduate Student (Oct 2018 -)
Quote: I’ve loved working in Hibino Lab because of the innovative research and flat structure, which encourages everyone to contribute their ideas and play a hand in the ongoing projects.
Kathrine Nurminsky (January 2020 – )
University of Chicago, Undergraduate (Math and Pre-Med)
Anya Wang (January 2020-Present)
University of Chicago, Biological Sciences (B.S.), Theatre and Performance Studies (minor) (September 2018 – Present)
Quote: “Research has had an increasing presence in my life, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Hibino Lab. Surrounded by intelligent minds and people who are always open to collaboration and assistance, I’m confident that my future ideas for this lab will be met with support and appreciation.”
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Dr Chin Siang Ong

Chin Siang Ong, MBBS
Cellular and Molecular Medicine Ph.D. Candidate (Dec 2015 – May 2019)
Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology, Division of Cardiac Surgery
“I had the fortune of having Dr Hibino as my PhD co-mentor at Johns Hopkins. I was one of the first 3 to join when he first started his lab, so I witnessed the exponential growth of his lab. As a mentor, he is very organized, hands-on, caring, personable and supportive. He has impressive and limitless energy. I strongly recommend him to any prospective undergraduate student, graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, looking for a great research experience.”

Cecillia Lui

Cecillia Lui, MD
General Surgery Resident (PGY3) (Jul 2017 – May 2019)
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Surgery


Enoch Yeung, BDS, MBBS
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2017-May 2019)
‘It is my pleasure to work with Dr.Hibino’s research team who dedicated to realizing the dream of innovation in cardiac surgical technology. The team is well equipped with great people with spectacular minds and amazing surgical techniques. The tremendous leadership of Dr.Hibino makes the researches as robust as it can be.
Undoubtedly, it is one of the best research teams in the country.’


Sara Abdollahi, PhD (Oct 2018- May 2019)
Postdoctral Research Fellow
Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University in Biomedical Engineering
Master’s degree in materials engineering at McGill University.
BS in chemical engineering at McGill University

Isaree Pitaktong

Isaree Pitaktong
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student (Mar 2017 – May 2019)
Johns Hopkins University
Quote: “The project is awesome and so are the people, and there’s always so much to learn and do!


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Joseph Boktor
Molecular & Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (Oct 2016 – May 2019)
Johns Hopkins University


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Serena Wu
Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neuroscience Undergraduate Student (2017 -May 2019 )
Johns Hopkins University


Pooja Yesantharao
M.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Aug 2016 – May 2019)
M.S. Biostatistics & Epidemiology, Stanford University (Jun 2015 – Jun 2016)
B.S. Biochemistry & Bioengineering, Rice University (Aug 2012 – May 2015)

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Lucy Nam
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Aug 2017 – May 2019 )


Gunnar Mattson
Johns Hopkins University, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student (June 2016 – May 2018)
My experiences in the Hibino Lab has been invaluable to my overall undergraduate experience. It was through Dr. Hibino’s mentorship and guidance that I grew to recognize the importance of connecting pure science with clinical applications through translational research. I am inspired by Dr. Hibino’s intelligence, vision, creativity, and compassion. I started in the Hibino lab the summer before my sophomore year and since then I have learned new lab techniques, improved my existing skills, and had the amazing opportunity to learn 3D bioprinting. The projects that I have been involved with have required innovative creativity, dedication, perseverance, and teamwork. I am grateful for these experiences and the success our team has made, and I look forward to watching the lab continue to lead the field in cardiac tissue engineering. “

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Yang Bai, MD PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (September 2017 – March 2018)
Current: Department of Cardiac Surgery, The First Hospital of Jilin University, Changchun, China
I have an unforgettable experience in Dr. Hibino’s lab! All the methods of cardiac tissue creation are leading in the world and will benefit me all my life ! I have learned a lot and, and I will continue to do the research of cardiac tissue engineering in China!”


Takuma Fukunishi, MD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2014 – Dec 2017)
Current Status: Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Kitasato University School of Medicine
“I had many great experiences in Dr. Hibino’s lab with my exposure to different cultures, life experiences, new friendships, and basic research. I hope everyone that is curious about basic research expose themselves to it as much as possible. I have learned much from my experiences and look forward to challenging myself towards my next step.”


“Tom” Huaitao Zhang, BS
Molecular and Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student (Apr 2015 – May 2016), Johns Hopkins University
Lab Technician (Jun 2016 – May 2017)
Current Status: Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Candidate (2017 – 2021), William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL
“My time at Dr. Hibino’s lab was an eye-opening experience. I started during my junior year of undergrad and worked throughout my gap year. The lab started out small but we grew quickly as a steadily increasing number of projects and collaborations happened. During my time here, I sharpened my wet lab skill, communication, and grant/paper-writing skills. Not only were the opportunities in the lab invaluable, but also the people who I had the pleasure of working with. Chin Siang Ong, Taku Fukunishi, Andrew Nashed, Melissa Jones, and my lovely undergrad students, Joe, Sam, Shipra, Gunnar, and Isaree are amongst the brightest and most-hardworking that Johns Hopkins had to offer. Last but not least, Dr. Hibino is the most intelligent and diligent yet humble person I have ever met in my life. Working with him instilled in me a newfound work ethic and a brand-new appreciation for the beauty of academia.”



Maryam Ali Khan
Visiting Medical Student (Mar 2017 – May 2017)
CMH Lahore Medical College, Pakistan
With a friendly environment that is open to new ideas, Hibino lab is a place where you can thrive not only as a researcher but also as an individual. In just two short months, I was able to gain full command over various lab skills in addition to learning about the fascinating research going on in the field of cardiac tissue engineering; all because of the amazing people here. The journal club meetings every Friday were especially stimulating and provided a chance to explore and express new ideas. Overall, it was a rich learning experience with new opportunities at every step.


Shipra Khatri
Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student (October 2015 – Jan 2017)
Johns Hopkins University


Andrew Nashed, MD
Visiting Medical Student (May 2016 – Oct 2016)
Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
Lab Technician (Dec 2016 – Oct 2017), Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiology
Hibino’s Lab wasn’t just a regular lab for me , it was my house where I spent my whole days learning and doing experiments without feeling the time . Very helpful and nice environment to start your journey of research where you can learn how to do real research.”

Samantha Hardy (2016-2017)
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Molecular and Cellular Biology Undergraduate Student
Johns Hopkins University
In the Hibino Lab, I have learned so much more than just the science it takes to pull together a project. The people in this lab have taught me what it truly means to love what you do and I hope that one day I can find that, too.



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