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Computational models of arterial haemodynamics for paediatric patients with high cardiovascular risk

An exciting PhD research opportunity on the numerical modelling of arterial blood flow in paediatric patients is currently available. This is an international and multi-disciplinary research project with EU impact and collaborators from the New York University (NYU), USA.
  • Number of scholarships 1
  • Opens 9 February 2018
  • Deadline 21 June 2018
  • Help with Tuition fees, Living costs
  • Duration 36 Months


Applicants should hold a high grade undergraduate degree and/or a Master’s degree (or expect to achieve) in Engineering, Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Applied Mathematics, or a related field. Candidates should demonstrate enthusiasm, motivation for learning, and excellent interpersonal and communications skills. An understanding and basic knowledge of computational fluid dynamic methods will be an advantage.

Project Details

From foetuses, to new-born, to children and adolescents there is a large number of paediatric patients that have a particularly high cardiovascular risk. The haemodynamic conditions in these patients can be analysed by computational fluid dynamic methods, which are attractive due to their capability of quantifying variables not easily measurable in vivo and permitting an easier, more robust and wider investigation.

Numerical modelling is nowadays well accepted as an effective approach in many medical applications, such as predictive treatment, surgical planning and simulation assessment procedures, enabling visualization of possible outcomes, and helping towards better informed decision-making. Focusing on the normal/abnormal function of the heart and early signs of endothelial dysfunction in systemic arteries, the current fully-funded PhD project aims to numerically model arterial blood flow conditions with a prognostic and predictive value for the young patient. It further aims to investigate the implementation of multi-scale numerical methods for application in paediatric health.

This is an international research project with EU impact and collaborators from the New York University (NYU), USA. The programme is highly multi-disciplinary within the broad fields of Fluid and Structural Mechanics, Biomedical Engineering, and Paediatric Medicine. The PhD candidate will gain expertise in biofluid dynamics methods and will be in close collaboration with paediatric cardiac surgeons from the Royal Hospital for Children, Glasgow, who have an extended and proven experience in working with engineers for the development of new medical technologies. At the same time, the candidate will be supported by the NYU team.

For further information, please contact: Dr Asimina Kazakidi ( or Dr Richard Black (


Further Information

The Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde is internationally recognised for its excellence in education and research at the interface between engineering and the life sciences, with particular emphasis on clinically related research. It is committed to producing high-quality research output, training and knowledge transfer and much of its work is clinically driven and conducted in collaboration with clinical or industrial partners.

The Department is highly research intensive and was ranked 1st in the UK, at the 2018 Complete University Guide, for Medical Technology. Students are part of a thriving community of researchers dedicated to advancing the interface between engineering, science and medicine. The University of Strathclyde is led by its vision for the ‘place of useful learning’ and aims to build upon its leading technology aspiration with an important student, societal and global impact.