Dr Asimina Kazakidi

Senior Lecturer

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

Dr Asimina Kazakidi read Physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She subsequently obtained an MSc in ‘Engineering and Physical Science in Medicine’ at Imperial College London, UK, Department of Bioengineering. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biofluid Dynamics, from the Department of Aeronautics, also at Imperial College London, where she remained as a post-doctoral research associate at the National Heart and Lung Institute, within the cardiovascular science research theme funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Between 2010 and 2015, Asimina conducted research at the Foundation for Research & Technology – Hellas (FORTH), Institute of Computer Science, in Greece, participating in EU projects for future and emerging technologies and leading an individual EU-Greek research fellowship on the hydrodynamics of aquatic locomotion. She joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Strathclyde in 2016 as Lecturer in Biofluid Mechanics. Asimina (Melina) has an extended experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), focusing on complex biofluid mechanics problems and utilising a range of CFD methods, from finite volume and immersed boundary to spectral/hp element methods. She has a specialized knowledge in all aspects of numerical simulation technology processes and in the communication of complex results. She is passionate about problem solving in the fields of cardiovascular hemodynamics, synthetic jet technology and robotic locomotion.

Expertise

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    Dr Asimina (Melina) Kazakidi has an extended experience in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), focusing on complex biofluid mechanics problems and utilising a range of CFD methods, from finite volume and immersed boundary to spectral/hp element methods. She has specialized knowledge in all aspects of numerical simulation technology processes and communication of complex results. She is passionate about problem solving in the fields of cardiovascular hemodynamics, synthetic jet technology and robotic locomotion.

Prizes and awards

The Scottish Cardiovascular Forum (SCF) poster prize for PhD/early career post-doctoral researchers (£75)
Recipient
1/2/2020
EPSRC CDT in Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies EngD Studentship
Recipient
15/5/2019
Mac Robertson Postgraduate Travel Scholarship
Recipient
13/5/2019
Short Research Visit (SRV) grant
Recipient
17/1/2019
EPSRC Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS) Student Excellence Award (SEA) (1619)
Recipient
14/3/2018
Strathclyde International Strategic Partners (ISPs) Joint PhD Cluster Fund
Recipient
1/9/2017

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Publications

A numerical investigation of flow around octopus-like arms : near-wake vortex patterns and force development
Kazakidi A, Vavourakis V, Tsakiris DP, Ekaterinaris JA
Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering Vol 18, pp. 1321-1339 (2015)
https://doi.org/10.1080/10255842.2014.900757
CFD study of aquatic thrust generation by an octopus-like arm under intense prescribed deformations
Kazakidi Asimina, Tsakiris Dimitris P, Angelidis Dionysios, Sotiropoulos Fotis, Ekaterinaris John A
Computers and Fluids Vol 115, pp. 54-65 (2015)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2015.03.009
Octopus-inspired multi-arm robotic swimming
Sfakiotakis M, Kazakidi A, Tsakiris D P
Bioinspiration & Biomimetics Vol 10 (2015)
https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-3190/10/3/035005
Numerical simulation of a synthetic jet with OpenFOAM
Liu Qiong, Kazakidi Asimina, Medeiros Marcello A F, Theofilis Vassilis
Instability and Control of Massively Separated Flows (2015) (2015)
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-06260-0_29
A nonlinear dynamic finite element approach for simulating muscular hydrostats
Vavourakis V, Kazakidi A, Tsakiris DP, Ekaterinaris JA
Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering Vol 17, pp. 917-931 (2014)
https://doi.org/10.1080/10255842.2012.723702

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Teaching

"Numerical Modelling in Biomedical Engineering", MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Semester 2

Research interests

• biofluid mechanics

• computational fluid dynamics

• cardiovascular flows 

• bio-inspired robotic locomotion

Professional activities

Blood Flow Analysis of the Aortic Arch using Computational Fluid Dynamics in a Coupled 3D-0D Framework
Speaker
27/2/2020
Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Visiting researcher
22/11/2019
Computational haemodynamics in arterial geometries in relation to atherosclerosis and obesity-induced vascular changes
Invited speaker
22/11/2019
Computational haemodynamics in arterial geometries in relation to obesity-induced cardiovascular diseases
Speaker
21/5/2019
13th World Congress in Computational Mechanics Minisymposium
Organiser
25/7/2018
8th World Congress of Biomechanics Pre-Conference Workshop
Organiser
8/7/2018

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Projects

Aortic arch haemodynamics in adult women with Turner syndrome: A numerical investigation into obesity-related factors (UK-Canada doctoral exchange scheme: Globalink Research Placement)
Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2021
Computational modelling of the right ventricle and pulmonary valve
Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator)
07-Jan-2019 - 13-Jan-2019
Identifying the key anatomical features that affect blood flow in the pulmonary arteries of congenital heart patients
Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 28-Jan-2019
Perfusion optimisation for design of vascular grafts used in the treatment of aortic disease
Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator) Ritos, Konstantinos (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
Blood flow simulations in the aortic valve
Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2018 - 06-Jan-2019
Computational models of blood flow in the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
Kazakidi, Asimina (Principal Investigator)
20-Jan-2018 - 06-Jan-2019

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Address

Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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