The Wold Lab

The integrity of The Wold Lab is upheld by a group of diverse, and well-rounded scientific minds. It takes diligence, passion, and initiative to be a contributing member to our important research. The Wold Lab is occupied by researchers with multiple levels of education and experience to assure the impact of our quality work is as accessible as possible to the field of cardiology. Within this lab, our daily investigations help to answer our key questions regarding the effects of Alzheimer’s disease on cardiac function, the cardiac implications of e-cigarette usage, and the cardiac effects of dust from the collapsed World Trade Center on first responders. When it comes to the commitment of the heart we pride ourselves on never skipping a beat.

We’re extremely proud of the work that happens in The Wold Lab. Please take some time to get to know the names and faces of the individuals responsible for the significant findings listed within our Research Page.

Junior Faculty

Matthew W. Gorr

List of Publications:

Title: Research Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Cardiovascular Physiology and Pharmacology, Pulmonary Hypertension, Fibrosis, Environmental Co-Morbidities

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, running, weightlifting

Education: Ph.D. The Ohio State University; Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

Hometown: Perrysburg, OH

Accomplishments and Awards: Training Grant, NIH; Postdoctoral Scientist Award, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Predoctoral fellowship, AHA

Amy Mackos

List of Publications:

Title: Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing

Research Interests: Bacterial involvement in health and disease, Microbiome, Inflammation, Innate Immune Response

Hobbies: Adventuring with my family, finding the world’s best carrot cake, trying to solve crosswords without looking up the answers, and introducing my son to good music.

Education: B.S. The Ohio State University; Biology, Ph.D. The Ohio State University; Oral Biology,

and Postdoc Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Center for Microbial Pathogenesis

Hometown: Dayton, OH


Research Associates


Neill Schwieterman


Title: Research Assistant

Research Interests: Cardiac Function,  Molecular Biology, Oxidative Stress, Effects of P.M. 2.5

Hobbies: hiking, camping, cats, and carbs

Education: B.S. The Ohio State University; Earth Sciences

Hometown: Huntsville, OH

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Evan Neczypor


Title: Research Assistant

Research Interests: Public Health and nutrition phenomena at the organism, cellular, and biochemical levels.

Hobbies: Playing and watching basketball, and cooking.

Education: B.S. The Ohio State University; Biomedical Science

Hometown: North Royalton, OH

Devin O’Piela



Ty Saldana


Title: Research Assistant

Research Interests: Cell biology

Hobbies: Recreational sports, video games, and cooking

Education: B.S. The Ohio State University; Health Sciences

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio

Accomplishments and Awards: Morrill Scholar