Faculty


Gail Prins, PhD - Dr. Prins is director of the andrology laboratory and professor of urology and physiology in the UIC College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the hormonal regulation of prostate gland development and prostate cancer. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Andrologist Award from the American Society of Andrology for her contributions to the field of male physiology and health.




Michael Abern, MD - Dr. Abern specializes in high-risk, urologic cancers and approaches the field from both a clinical and an academic perspective as a surgeon and researcher of urologic cancers. He is the clinical leader of the prostate cancer program of the UIC Cancer Center. Outside the clinic, Dr. Abern is an active investigator in urologic and oncologic research, serving as a reviewer for several prominent journals and associations.




Ervin Kocjancic, MD - Dr. Kocjancic is the Director for the Division of Pelvic Health and Reconstructive Urology at UI Health. Dr. Kocjancic is a world-renowned expert in pelvic health, urinary incontinence and reconstructive urology, working with male and female patients.





Dan Moreira, MD - Dr. Moreira specializes in the diagnosis and surgical management of all urologic cancers, including prostate, kidney, bladder, testicular, penile, and adrenal malignancies. He utilizes open and minimally invasive techniques, including laparoscopic and robotic surgery.





Sam Ohlander, MD - Dr. Ohlander specializes in male infertility, fertility preservation, low testosterone, vasectomies, and microsurgical vasectomy reversals. He also treats patients with erectile dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, penile prosthesis implantation, and Peyronie's disease (abnormal penile curvature). Dr. Ohlander is a member of several prominent urologic societies, including the American Urologic Association, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Sexual Medicine Society, and the Chicago Urologic Society.



Carol Podlasek, PhD – Dr. Podlasek is an internationally recognized expert in the field of erectile dysfunction (ED) and peripheral nerve regeneration. Dr. Podlasek’s laboratory was the first to demonstrate the role of the cavernous nerve and the Sonic hedgehog pathway in maintaining penile architecture, they determined how signaling is altered in ED disease models and patients, and developed a therapy to promote regeneration and functional recovery, that may be translated to ED patients.




Cristian Luciano, PhD – Dr. Luciano’s focus is on visuo-haptic mixed reality applied to engineering, medicine, and dentistry. His areas of expertise include haptics, computer graphics, scientific visualization, collision, detection, GPU programming, dynamics simulation, and motion tracking. His current research involves surgical simulation and training, presurgical planning, robotic surgery, and surgical navigation




Craig Niederberger, MD - Dr. Niederberger specializes in male reproductive medicine. He is also the Clarence C Saelhof Professor. Dr. Niederberger is developing sensor technology to measure how blood flow to the penis in male bicycle riders is affected by their bike seats — work that earned him a UIC Innovator of the Year award.





Kimberlee Wilkens MFA,BFA – Professor. Wilkens is an instructor of industrial design and UIC. Kimberlee serves as industrial design lead and faculty for the UIC Innovation Center UR*lab, where she partners with the Urology and Bioengineering departments to research and develop commercially relevant and viable solutions to problems and opportunities within the medical field. Her work with UR*lab spans a broad spectrum of designed outcomes, ranging from ergonomics to data visualization



Peter Pfanner, MA -Professor. Pfanner is an industrial designer, interaction designer, experience designer, innovator and educator. His experience spans mobile communications, consumer electronics, medical, office products, furniture, architecture and materials science at consultancies, corporations and universities. Peter’s work has been featured in the Art Institute of Chicago “Musecast,”, the Art Institute of Chicago A+D series “Young Chicago,” Business Week, Forbes.com, Brand Week, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum “Design Culture Now,” and I.D. Magazine, among others.




Rodrigo Pagani, MD - Dr. Pagani specializes in male infertility, testosterone replacement, and microsurgery. He is a member of several prominent medical societies, including the American Urological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the American Society of Andrology.





Lawrence Ross, MD – Dr. Ross is a urology specialist at UIC. Lawrence Ross, MD is the Clarence C. Saelhof Professor Emeritus for the Department of Urology at University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Ross is an internationally-renowned urologist focusing on male reproduction, infertility surgery and research.





Simone Crivellaro, MD, - Dr. Crivellaro is an expert in uro-oncology and reconstructive urology via laparoscopic and robotic procedures, he has been trained in the USA and eventually performed hundreds of robotic surgeries, being the founder of Udine's robotic program in 2010. He has published multiple scholarly articles in minimally invasive surgery, reconstructive urology and related areas




Peter Gann, MD, ScD - Dr. Gann is Professor of Pathology in Urology and Co-Leader of the Prostate Cancer Working Group at UIC. Dr. Gann’s research focuses on the chemoprevention of cancer and the development of novel biomarkers, chiefly focusing on prostate cancer. Recently, Dr. Gann received the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Biomarker Development Award




Robert Zolna – Robert is a Clinical Associate Professor, Design Research. He has extensive experience visualizing research and strategy for Fortune 50 clients in consumer goods, healthcare, and hospitality. His current focus is on understanding and defining the aesthetics of patient care delivery and their impact on improving health for patients. He was recently appointed Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design at UIC’s Population Health Sciences Program