M. Shane Hutson

Lab Mission & Crew

Mission Statement

The Hutson lab is a training ground in which we conduct original research to understand the physical rules of life. Together, we aim …

  • to pursue our research mission with focus, tenacity, integrity and healthy skepticism;
  • to secure external funding and publish consistently in top biophysical journals;
  • to create and disseminate analytical tools to the wider biophysics community;
  • and to prepare trainees for success in their chosen future careers.


Lab Members – Summer 2019Group Picture, Summer 2019


Aaron Stevens, Graduate Student

Aaron Stevens


Computational modeling and image analysis of wound-induced calcium signals

Kazi Tasneem, Graduate Student

Kazi Tasneem


Transport, diffusion and chemical binding kinetics in microfluidic organs-on-chip devices

Ty McCleery, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ty McCleery


Laser microsurgery; cellular mechanics in wound healing and morphogenesis


  • Andrea Page-McCaw, Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University
  • G. Wayne Brodland, Professor of Civil Engineering and Biology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Antonio Jacinto, Principal Investigator, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciéncia, Lisbon, Portugal
  • John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University Professor, A. B. Learned Professor of Living State Physics, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and Physics, Vanderbilt University
  • Lisa McCawley, Research Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Cancer Biology, Vanderbilt University
  • Dmitry Markov, Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
  • Karen Joos, Joseph and Barbara Ellis Professor of Ophthalmology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center


Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Xiaoyan Ma, 2004-2011 →→ Statistical Research Specialist, Bureau of TennCare, Nashville, TN
  • Yaowu Xiao, 2004-2006 →→ Senior Research Scientist, EMD Millipore Inc., Boston, MA
  • Borislav Ivanov, 2007-2009 →→ Senior Scientists, QDM Ltd., Ithaca, NY

Graduate Students

  • Alex Auner, PhD Physics 2018 →→ Visiting Assistant Professor at Hampden-Sydney College
  • Erica Shannon, PhD Biological Sciences 2018 (mentored jointly with Prof. Andrea Page-McCaw) →→ Production Manager at Journal of the International Ombudsman Association
  • Monica (Lacy) Bennett (NSF Graduate Research Fellow), PhD Physics 2017 →→ Science Instructor at The Well-Trained Mind Academy
  • W. Ty McCleery (NSF Graduate Research Fellow), PhD Physics 2016 →→ Postdoctoral Fellow at Vanderbilt University
  • Sarah Crews (U.S. Dept. of Ed. GAANN Fellow), PhD Physics 2015 →→ Technical Staff Scientist at MIT Lincoln Laboratories
  • David Mashburn, PhD Physics 2015 →→ Data Scientist at PluralSight Inc.
  • Aroshan Jayasinghe, PhD Physics 2012 →→ Product Development Scientist at DeNovix Inc.
  • Holley Lynch (U.S. Dept. of Ed. GAANN Fellow), PhD Physics 2012 →→ Postdoc at Univ. Pittsburgh →→ Assistant Professor of Physics at Stetson Univ.
  • Jason Rohner, M.S. Physics 2009
  • Tomas Yan, M.S. Biology (Fisk) 2008 →→ Science Teacher at Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Gilma Adunas, M.S. Physics 2006


  • X.J. Xu, VU, 2018-19 →→ graduate studies in Physics at Yale Univ.
  • Hannah Kim, Univ. Virginia, NSF REU Summer 2018
  • Sam Hotchkiss, VU, 2017
  • Leila Arefnezhad, VU, 2017
  • Jocelyn Jackson, VU, 2017-18
  • Tracy Edwards, Hampton Univ., NIH MARC/NSF REU, Summer 2016/2017
  • Yunhua Zhao, VU, 2016 →→ M.S. in Computer Science, VU (2019)
  • Wes Edrington, Univ. Nebraska, NSF REU, Summer 2016 →→ Senior Risk Analyst, MJ Insurance, Carmel, IN
  • Ama Agyapong, Elizabeth City State Univ., NIH MARC, Summer 2015 →→ graduate studies in Materials Science at Penn State Univ.
  • Grace Yook, Wake Forest Univ., NSF REU, Summer 2015 →→ joint MBA/Pharmacy studies at Univ. North Carolina
  • Steven Pei, VU, 2015 →→ student at Brown Univ.
  • Jason Creeden, Eastern Kentucky Univ. NSF REU, Summer 2014 →→ graduate studies in Physics at College of William & Mary, VA
  • Nick Peoples, Southern Nazarene Univ. NSF REU, Summer 2014 →→ M.Sc. in Global Health, Duke Univ. →→ Global Health Corps Fellow, Pediatric HIV/AIDS at Baylor College of Medicine, TX
  • Cameron Togrye, VU, 2014 →→ dental student at Univ. Tennessee
  • Nikita Lakomkin, VU, 2014-15 →→ medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY
  • Attiyya Houston, VU, SyBBURE, 2013 →→ graduate studies in Urban Education Policy, Brown Univ.
  • Sam Barnett, Univ. Southern Indiana, NSF REU, Summer 2012 →→ M.D. from Indiana Univ. (2018) →→ Emergency Medicine Resident, Chicago, IL
  • Karl Echiverri, VU, 2011 →→ M.D. from Univ. Kentucky (2016) →→ Neurology Resident, Warrenville, IL
  • Eric Copenhaver, Univ. Akron, NSF REU, Summer 2011 →→ graduate studies in Physics, Univ. California-Berkeley
  • Paula Angarita, Florida International Univ., NSF REU, Summer 2010 →→ M.S. in Technology Policy, MIT (2015) →→ Sr Partner Success Executive, Skyscanner Inc.
  • Trevor Meek, Southern Nazarene Univ., NSF REU, Summer 2010
  • John Kirkham, Rhodes College, NSF REU, Summer 2009 →→ M.S. in Physics, Emory Univ. →→ Senior System Software Engineer, NVIDIA
  • Siri Kadire, VU, SyBBURE, 2009 →→ M.D. from Univ. Tennessee (2017) →→ Resident Physician, Univ. Indiana
  • Brett Rosenthal, Duke Univ., NSF REU, Summer 2008 →→ M.D. from Emory Univ. (2013) →→ Spine Surgery Fellow, Harvard Univ.
  • Robert Gish, VU, NSF REU/Directed Study, 2007 →→ M.D. from Univ. Alabama-Birmingham (2015) →→ Radiologist, Birmingham, AL
  • Elliott Kim, VU, REU, Summer 2007 →→ M.D. from Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center (2013) →→ Orthopedic Surgeon, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Peter Scully, VU, 2006 →→ PhD in Medical Physics, Univ. Wisconsin (2015) →→ Science Communications Associate, National Foundation for Cancer Research
  • MacRae Linton, Duke Univ., Summer 2006 →→ Software Engineer with Apple Inc.→→ Software Engineer with Truss Inc.
  • Alanna Patsiokas, VU, Senior Design Project, 2004 →→ M.D. from Vanderbilt Univ. Medical Center (2010) →→ Pediatric Hospitalist at 
    Centennial Children’s Hospital, Nashville, TN