Jonathan F. Wenk, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Gill Professor in Engineering

Research Areas: Cardiovascular Mechanics, Finite Element Methods, Multi-scale Modeling, Nonlinear Solid Mechanics, Numerical Optimization

University of Kentucky, College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering - ME
269 RGAN
Lexington, KY 40506-0503
Phone: 859-218-0658
Fax: 859-323-4922
Email: jonathan.wenk@uky.edu

Education

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering University of California, Berkeley, CA  2008
M.S. Mechanical Engineering University of California, Berkeley, CA  2005
B.S. Mechanical Engineering Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN  2003

Appointments

2017 – present Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2017 – present Associate Professor (joint appointment), University of Kentucky, Department of Surgery
2011 – 2017 Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky, Department of Mechanical Engineering
2011 – 2017 Assistant Professor (joint appointment), University of Kentucky, Department of Surgery
2009 – 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Bioengineering and Department of Surgery
2008 – 2009 Research Consultant, CardioPolymers, Inc. (formerly Symphony Medical, Inc.)
2005 – 2008 Summer Scholar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
2004 Summer Intern, Sandia National Laboratory

 

Selected Publications (out of 37)

  1. Wang, H., Rodell, C. B., Lee, M. E., Dusaj, N. N., Gorman III, J. H., Burdick, J.A., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2017) “Computational Investigation of Hydrogel Injection Characteristics for Myocardial Support,” Journal of BiomechanicsDOI: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2017.08.024. (in press)
  2. Stephens, S. E., Liachenko, S., Ingels, N., Wenk, J. F., and Jensen, M. O. (2017) “High Resolution Imaging of the Unloaded Mitral Valve in the Natural State with 7 Tesla MRI,” PLoS ONE12(8), e0184042.
  3. Zhang, X., Liu, Z., Singh, D., Wehner, G. J., Powell, D. K., Campbell, K. S., Fornwalt, B. K., and Wenk, J. F. (2017) “Regional Quantification of Myocardial Mechanics in Rat using 3D cine DENSE Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance,” NMR in Biomedicine, 30(8), e3733.
  4. Wang, H., Zhang, X., Dorsey, S. M., McGarvey, J. R., Campbell, K. S., Burdick, J. A., Gorman III, J. H., Pilla, J. J., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2016) “Computational Investigation of Transmural Differences in Left Ventricular Contractility,” ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 138(11), 114501. (Special issue focused on up and coming investigators)
  5. Nikou, A., Dorsey, S. M., McGarvey, J. R., Gorman III, J. H., Burdick, J. A., Pilla, J. J., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2016) “Effects of Using the Unloaded Configuration in Predicting the In Vivo Diastolic Properties of the Heart,” Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 19(16), pp. 1714-1720.
  6. Rodell, C. B., Lee, M. E., Wang, H., Takebayashi, S., Takayama, T., Kawamura, T., Arkles, J. S., Dusaj, N.N., Dorsey, S. M., Witschey, W. R. T., Pilla, J. J., Gorman III, J. H., Wenk, J. F., Burdick, J.A., and Gorman, R. C. (2016) “Injectable Shear-Thinning Hydrogels for Minimally Invasive Delivery to Infarcted Myocardium to Limit Left-Ventricular Remodeling,” Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions9(10), e004058.
  7. Lee, L. C., Sundnes, J., Genet, M., Wenk, J. F., and Wall, S. T. (2016) “An Integrated Electromechanical-Reversible Growth Heart Model for Simulating Cardiac Therapies,” Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 15(4), pp. 791-803.
  8. Nikou, A., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2016) “Sensitivity of Left Ventricular Mechanics to Myofiber Architecture: A Finite Element Study,” Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, 230(6), pp. 594-598.
  9. Nikou, A., Dorsey, S. M., McGarvey, J. R., Gorman III, J. H., Burdick, J. A., Pilla, J. J., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2016) “Computational Modeling of Healthy Myocardium in Diastole,”Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44(4), pp. 980-992.
  10. Wenk, J. F., Stephens, L. S., Lattime, S. B., and Weatherly, D. (2016) “A Multi-scale Finite Element Contact Model Using Measured Surface Roughness for a Radial Lip Seal,” Tribology International97, pp. 288-301.
  11. Dorsey, S. M., McGarvey, J. R., Wang, H., Nikou, A., Arama, L., Koomalsingh, K. J., Kondo, N., Gorman III, J. H., Pilla, J. J., Gorman, R. C., Wenk, J. F., and Burdick, J. A. (2015) “MRI Evaluation of Injectable Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogel Therapy to Limit Ventricular Remodeling after Myocardial Infarction,” Biomaterials, 69, pp. 65-75.
  12. McGarvey, J. R., Mojsejenko, D., Dorsey, S. M., Nikou, A., Burdick, J. A., Gorman III, J. H., Jackson, B. M., Pilla, J. J., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2015) “Temporal Changes in Infarct Material Properties: An In Vivo Assessment using MRI and Finite Element Simulations,” Annals of Thoracic Surgery, 100(2), pp. 582-589.
  13. Zhang, X., Haynes, P., Campbell, K. S., and Wenk, J. F. (2015) “Numerical Evaluation of Myofiber Orientation and Transmural Contractile Strength on Left Ventricular Function,” ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 137(4), 044502.
  14. Mojsejenko, D., McGarvey, J. R., Dorsey, S. M., Gorman III, J. H., Burdick, J. A., Pilla, J. J., Gorman, R. C., and Wenk, J. F. (2015) “Estimating Passive Mechanical Properties in a Myocardial Infarction using MRI and Finite Element Simulations,” Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 14(3), pp. 633-647.
  15. Baillargeon, B., Costa, I., Leach, J. R., Lee, L. C., Genet, M., Toutain, A., Wenk, J. F., Rausch, M. K., Rebelo, N., Acevedo-Bolton, G., Kuhl, E., Navia, J. L., Guccione, J. M. (2015) “Human Cardiac Function Simulator for the Optimal Design of a Novel Annuloplasty Ring with a Sub-valvular Element for Correction of Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation,” Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology,6(2), pp. 105-116.