Heather Hayenga

Heather Hayenga

Assistant Professor - Bioengineering
Tags: Bioengineering

Professional Preparation

PhD - Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M University - College Park - 2011
BS - Biomedical Engineering
University of California - Davis - 2006

Research Areas

Research Overview

The Vascular Mechanobiology Laboratory aims to understand and prevent the progression of cardiovascular diseases through the use of experimental and computational models. Experimentally, through studying cellular responses due to altered mechanical stimuli. Computationally, by creating models to predict arterial behavior and disease progression over time. Translationally, through couping mechanical properties of diseased vascular tissue to structure, function and potential risks. The research conducted in this lab aims towards increasing our understanding of vascular disease progression in order for better prevention and prognosis of vascular diseases.


Mechanobiological model of arterial growth and remodeling. 2017 - Journal Article
Targeting HIF-1alpha/PDK1 Axis by Dichloroacetate (DCA) Suppresses Bleomycin-induced Pulmonary Fibrosis. 2017 - Journal Article
An agent-based model of leukocyte transendothelial migration during atherogenesis 2017 - Journal Article
Shape-Morphing Chromonic Liquid Crystal Hydrogels 2016 - Journal Article
p66(Shc) Couples Mechanical Signals to RhoA through Focal Adhesion Kinase-Dependent Recruitment of p115-RhoGEF and GEF-H1 2016 - Journal Article
p66Shc couples mechanical signals to RhoA through FAK-dependent recruitment of p115-RhoGEF and GEF-H1. 2016 - Journal Article
Substrate Stiffness Regulates the Behavior of Human Monocyte-Derived Macrophages 2015 - Journal Article
Substrate elasticity regulates the behavior of human monocyte-derived macrophages 2015 - Journal Article


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2013–Present]
Erik Jonsson School of Engineering & Computer Science
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Maryland, College Park [2011–2013]
A. James Clark School of Engineering
Research Assistant
Texas A&M University [2006–2011]
Dwight Look College of Engineering