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DepartmentDepartment of Surgery
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Houston, TX 77030
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    1. Singampalli KL, Jui E, Shani K, Ning Y, Connell JP, Birla RK, Bollyky PL, Caldarone CA, Keswani SG, Grande-Allen KJ. Congenital Heart Disease: An Immunological Perspective. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2021; 8:701375. PMID: 34434978.
      Citations: 3     
    2. Jui E, Singampalli KL, Shani K, Ning Y, Connell JP, Birla RK, Bollyky PL, Caldarone CA, Keswani SG, Grande-Allen KJ. The Immune and Inflammatory Basis of Acquired Pediatric Cardiac Disease. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2021; 8:701224. PMID: 34386532.
    3. Birla RK. Current State of the Art in Ventricle Tissue Engineering. Front Cardiovasc Med. 2020; 7:591581. PMID: 33240941.
    4. Williams SK, Birla RK. Tissue engineering solutions to replace contractile function during pediatric heart surgery. Tissue Cell. 2020 Dec; 67:101452. PMID: 33137707.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    5. Birla RK. A methodological nine-step process to bioengineer heart muscle tissue. Tissue Cell. 2020 Dec; 67:101425. PMID: 32853859.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    6. Tracy EP, Gettler BC, Zakhari JS, Schwartz RJ, Williams SK, Birla RK. 3D Bioprinting the Cardiac Purkinje System Using Human Adipogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cell Derived Purkinje Cells. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2020 10; 11(5):587-604. PMID: 32710379.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    7. Singampalli KL, Balaji S, Wang X, Parikh UM, Kaul A, Gilley J, Birla RK, Bollyky PL, Keswani SG. The Role of an IL-10/Hyaluronan Axis in Dermal Wound Healing. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2020; 8:636. PMID: 32850791.
      Citations: 13     
    8. Birla RK, Williams SK. 3D bioprinting and its potential impact on cardiac failure treatment: An industry perspective. APL Bioeng. 2020 Mar; 4(1):010903. PMID: 32095736.
      Citations: 12     
    9. Islas JF, Abbasgholizadeh R, Dacso C, Potaman VN, Navran S, Bond RA, Iyer D, Birla R, Schwartz RJ. ß-Adrenergic stimuli and rotating suspension culture enhance conversion of human adipogenic mesenchymal stem cells into highly conductive cardiac progenitors. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2020 02; 14(2):306-318. PMID: 31821703.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    10. Abbasgholizadeh R, Islas JF, Navran S, Potaman VN, Schwartz RJ, Birla RK. A Highly Conductive 3D Cardiac Patch Fabricated Using Cardiac Myocytes Reprogrammed from Human Adipogenic Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2020 04; 11(2):205-218. PMID: 31916039.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    11. Tao ZW, Mohamed M, Jacot JG, Birla RK. Bioengineering Cardiac Tissue Constructs With Adult Rat Cardiomyocytes. ASAIO J. 2018 Sep/Oct; 64(5):e105-e114. PMID: 29538014.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    12. Patel NM, Birla RK. The Bioengineered Cardiac Left Ventricle. ASAIO J. 2018 Jan/Feb; 64(1):56-62. PMID: 28863042.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    13. Salazar BH, Hoffman KA, Reddy AK, Madala S, Birla RK. 16-Channel Flexible System to Measure Electrophysiological Properties of Bioengineered Hearts. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2018 03; 9(1):94-104. PMID: 29150791.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    14. Mohamed MA, Islas JF, Schwartz RJ, Birla RK. Electrical Stimulation of Artificial Heart Muscle: A Look Into the Electrophysiologic and Genetic Implications. ASAIO J. 2017 May/Jun; 63(3):333-341. PMID: 28459744.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    15. Patel NM, Birla RK. Pulsatile flow conditioning of three-dimensional bioengineered cardiac ventricle. Biofabrication. 2016 12 05; 9(1):015003. PMID: 27917819.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Hogan M, Chen YT, Kolhatkar AG, Candelari CJ, Madala S, Lee TR, Birla R. Conditioning of Cardiovascular Tissue Using a Noncontact Magnetic Stretch Bioreactor with Embedded Magnetic Nanoparticles. ACS Biomater Sci Eng. 2016 Sep 12; 2(9):1619-1629. PMID: 33440595.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    17. Patel NM, Mohamed MA, Yazdi IK, Tasciotti E, Birla RK. The design and fabrication of a three-dimensional bioengineered open ventricle. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater. 2017 Nov; 105(8):2206-2217. PMID: 27438342.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    18. Patel NM, Yazdi IK, Tasciotti E, Birla RK. Optimizing cell seeding and retention in a three-dimensional bioengineered cardiac ventricle: The two-stage cellularization model. Biotechnol Bioeng. 2016 10; 113(10):2275-85. PMID: 27071026.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    19. Salazar BH, Cashion AT, Dennis RG, Birla RK. Development of a Cyclic Strain Bioreactor for Mechanical Enhancement and Assessment of Bioengineered Myocardial Constructs. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2015 Dec; 6(4):533-45. PMID: 26577484.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    20. Tao ZW, Mohamed M, Hogan M, Salazar B, Patel NM, Birla RK. Establishing the Framework for Fabrication of a Bioartificial Heart. ASAIO J. 2015 Jul-Aug; 61(4):429-36. PMID: 25955151.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    21. Salazar BH, Reddy AK, Madala S, Birla RK. 32-Channel System to Measure the Electrophysiological Properties of Bioengineered Cardiac Muscle. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Jun; 62(6):1614-22. PMID: 25667345.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    22. Mohamed MA, Hogan MK, Patel NM, Tao ZW, Gutierrez L, Birla RK. Establishing the Framework for Tissue Engineered Heart Pumps. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2015 Sep; 6(3):220-9. PMID: 26577356.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    23. Patel NM, Tao ZW, Mohamed MA, Hogan MK, Gutierrez L, Birla RK. Engineering 3D bio-artificial heart muscle: the acellular ventricular extracellular matrix model. ASAIO J. 2015 Jan-Feb; 61(1):61-70. PMID: 25248038.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    24. Hogan M, Mohamed M, Tao ZW, Gutierrez L, Birla R. Establishing the framework to support bioartificial heart fabrication using fibrin-based three-dimensional artificial heart muscle. Artif Organs. 2015 Feb; 39(2):165-71. PMID: 24841763.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    25. Tao ZW, Mohamed M, Hogan M, Gutierrez L, Birla RK. Optimizing a spontaneously contracting heart tissue patch with rat neonatal cardiac cells on fibrin gel. J Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2017 01; 11(1):153-163. PMID: 24771636.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    26. Evers R, Khait L, Birla RK. Fabrication of functional cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle pumps in vitro. Artif Organs. 2011 Jan; 35(1):69-74. PMID: 20618224.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    27. Sondergaard CS, Hodonsky CJ, Khait L, Shaw J, Sarkar B, Birla R, Bove E, Nolta J, Si MS. Human thymus mesenchymal stromal cells augment force production in self-organized cardiac tissue. Ann Thorac Surg. 2010 Sep; 90(3):796-803; discussion 803-4. PMID: 20732499.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    28. Khait L, Hodonsky CJ, Birla RK. Variable optimization for the formation of three-dimensional self-organized heart muscle. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2009 Dec; 45(10):592-601. PMID: 19756885.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    29. Migneco F, Huang YC, Birla RK, Hollister SJ. Poly(glycerol-dodecanoate), a biodegradable polyester for medical devices and tissue engineering scaffolds. Biomaterials. 2009 Nov; 30(33):6479-84. PMID: 19712970.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    30. Hecker L, Khait L, Radnoti D, Birla R. Novel bench-top perfusion system improves functional performance of bioengineered heart muscle. J Biosci Bioeng. 2009 Feb; 107(2):183-90. PMID: 19217558.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    31. Lam MT, Huang YC, Birla RK, Takayama S. Microfeature guided skeletal muscle tissue engineering for highly organized 3-dimensional free-standing constructs. Biomaterials. 2009 Feb; 30(6):1150-5. PMID: 19064284.
      Citations: 40     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    32. Khait L, Birla RK. Changes in gene expression during the formation of bioengineered heart muscle. Artif Organs. 2009 Jan; 33(1):3-15. PMID: 19178436.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    33. Hecker L, Khait L, Sessions SK, Birla RK. Functional evaluation of isolated zebrafish hearts. Zebrafish. 2008 Dec; 5(4):319-22. PMID: 19133830.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    34. Birla RK, Dhawan V, Dow DE, Huang YC, Brown DL. Cardiac cells implanted into a cylindrical, vascularized chamber in vivo: pressure generation and morphology. Biotechnol Lett. 2009 Feb; 31(2):191-201. PMID: 18854950.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    35. Hecker L, Birla RK. The value of integrating policy people and space in research. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2009 Mar; 2(1):93-9. PMID: 20559972.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Birla R, Dhawan V, Huang YC, Lytle I, Tiranathanagul K, Brown D. Force characteristics of in vivo tissue-engineered myocardial constructs using varying cell seeding densities. Artif Organs. 2008 Sep; 32(9):684-91. PMID: 18684210.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    37. Migneco F, Huang YC, Coyan GN, Birla RK. New and simplified method for multiple left ventricle catheterizations in small animals. Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2008 Oct; 7(5):925-7. PMID: 18653500.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
    38. Blan NR, Birla RK. Design and fabrication of heart muscle using scaffold-based tissue engineering. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2008 Jul; 86(1):195-208. PMID: 17972281.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    39. Hecker L, Khait L, Welsh MJ, Birla R. Bioengineering functional human aortic vascular smooth-muscle strips in vitro. Biotechnol Appl Biochem. 2008 Jul; 50(Pt 3):155-63. PMID: 18052932.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    40. Khait L, Birla RK. Effect of thyroid hormone on the contractility of self-organized heart muscle. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2008 Jul-Aug; 44(7):204-13. PMID: 18528734.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    41. Huang YC, Khait L, Birla RK. Modulating the functional performance of bioengineered heart muscle using growth factor stimulation. Ann Biomed Eng. 2008 Aug; 36(8):1372-82. PMID: 18500554.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    42. Birla RK, Dow DE, Huang YC, Migneco F, Khait L, Borschel GH, Dhawan V, Brown DL. Methodology for the formation of functional, cell-based cardiac pressure generation constructs in vitro. In Vitro Cell Dev Biol Anim. 2008 Sep-Oct; 44(8-9):340-50. PMID: 18493826.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    43. Birla RK. Management of scientific resources: people, ideas, and time. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2008 Jun; 1(2):174-82. PMID: 20559912.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    44. Migneco F, Hollister SJ, Birla RK. Tissue-engineered heart valve prostheses: 'state of the heart'. Regen Med. 2008 May; 3(3):399-419. PMID: 18462061.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    45. Hecker L, Khait L, Radnoti D, Birla R. Development of a microperfusion system for the culture of bioengineered heart muscle. ASAIO J. 2008 May-Jun; 54(3):284-94. PMID: 18496279.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    46. Khait L, Hecker L, Radnoti D, Birla RK. Micro-perfusion for cardiac tissue engineering: development of a bench-top system for the culture of primary cardiac cells. Ann Biomed Eng. 2008 May; 36(5):713-25. PMID: 18274906.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    47. Hecker L, Birla RK. Intangible factors leading to success in research: strategy, innovation and leadership. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2008 Mar; 1(1):85-92. PMID: 20559961.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    48. Khait L, Hecker L, Blan NR, Coyan G, Migneco F, Huang YC, Birla RK. Getting to the heart of tissue engineering. J Cardiovasc Transl Res. 2008 Mar; 1(1):71-84. PMID: 20559960.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    49. Khait L, Birla RK. Cell-based cardiac pumps and tissue-engineered ventricles. Regen Med. 2007 Jul; 2(4):391-406. PMID: 17635047.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    50. Hecker L, Birla RK. Engineering the heart piece by piece: state of the art in cardiac tissue engineering. Regen Med. 2007 Mar; 2(2):125-44. PMID: 17465746.
      Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    51. Huang YC, Khait L, Birla RK. Contractile three-dimensional bioengineered heart muscle for myocardial regeneration. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2007 Mar 01; 80(3):719-31. PMID: 17154158.
      Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    52. Birla RK, Borschel GH, Dennis RG. In vivo conditioning of tissue-engineered heart muscle improves contractile performance. Artif Organs. 2005 Nov; 29(11):866-75. PMID: 16266299.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    53. Birla RK, Borschel GH, Dennis RG, Brown DL. Myocardial engineering in vivo: formation and characterization of contractile, vascularized three-dimensional cardiac tissue. Tissue Eng. 2005 May-Jun; 11(5-6):803-13. PMID: 15998220.
      Citations: 32     Fields:    Translation:Animals
    54. Baar K, Birla R, Boluyt MO, Borschel GH, Arruda EM, Dennis RG. Self-organization of rat cardiac cells into contractile 3-D cardiac tissue. FASEB J. 2005 Feb; 19(2):275-7. PMID: 15574489.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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