Lab Staff

Doctor Profile

Tendy Chiang, MD
Principal Investigator

Tendy Chiang, MD, is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist in the Department of Otolaryngology and Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and a Principal Investigator in the Center for Tissue Engineering and Surgical Research at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s.

Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Chiang was a pediatric otolaryngologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Chiang completed his medical degree and his residency in otolaryngology at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. After completion of his fellowship in pediatric otolaryngology, he joined the faculty at Children’s Hospital Colorado prior to returning to Columbus. Dr. Chiang’s clinical interests primarily focus around aerodigestive disorders, pediatric head & neck masses, cleft and craniofacial conditions and pediatric sleep disorders. His research interests is directed toward the rational design of tissue-engineered constructs for airway replacement.

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Sayali Dharmadhikari
Senior Research Associate
Sayali.Dharmadhikari@NationwideChildrens.org

I am Master's graduate in Pharmacology and Toxicology and I have been with Chiang lab for 2 years. I deal with microsurgeries on mice which include different models of tracheal replacement, sample & data processing and analysis. I am interested in working on various animal models of tracheal replacement & studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying wound healing in different surgical models.

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Kimberly Shontz
Senior Research Associate
Kim.Shontz@NationwideChildrens.org

Originally from East Islip, New York, Kim received her BA in Genetics/Microbiology from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1994, and her MS in Bioveterinary Science from Utah State University in 2000. Her research Interests include animal handling and surgery, molecular studies, and histology to improve knowledge for human and animal health. Her hobbies include figure skating/ice dance, paper crafting and Girl Scouts/Scouts BSA.

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Lumei Liu
Post Doctor
Lumei.Liu@NationwideChildrens.org

A biomedical researcher with experience in evaluation of implantable medical device, systematic test-bed development and organ-on-a-chip technology. Individual with extensive hands-on development of fundamental science based on clinical applications of implantable medical devices. Developed critical and reliable assessment device and method to further understand in vivo-in vitro correlation mechanism of absorbable metal. Current research interest is biodegradable tracheobronchial stents.

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Audrey White

Audrey receieved a BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona and is currently part of The Ohio State University College of Medicine Class of 2021. Her research interests include Regenerative Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Developmental Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical and Translational Research and Public Health.

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Himani Akula
Student Intern

Himani Akula is a Student Intern in Chiang Lab at Nationwide Children's Center of Regenerative Medicine and a junior at Jerome from Dublin, Ohio. She plans on pursuing a pre-med major upon graduation. At Chiang lab, she focuses on aiding tissue engineered trachea research. Himani enjoys traveling and volunteering. In addition, she enjoys participating in and leading multiple school clubs and organizations.