2020/07/17 | Grants & Awards | In-vitro & Organs-on-Chip

Hadi Zolfaghari goes to Cambridge with SNSF mobility grant

Hadi Zolfaghari, PhD in Cardiovascular Engineering, will be going to the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge on 20 July 2020 to conduct research on blood flows in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) at. Hadi Zolfaghari specializes in understanding the laminar-turbulent transition processes occurring in flow in and around the heart, with the long-term goal of controlling these phenomena in a clinically favourable way.

Hadi Zolfaghari has developed code for solving challenging flow problems with Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

His research in Cambridge until September 2021 will be focused mainly on Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which allows patients with severe aortic stenosis to be treated in a minimally invasive way. TAVR is attributed with considerable post-operative stroke risk, which is closely linked to the nature of turbulent flow in the aorta. Hadi Zolfaghari will work on combining the sheer power of GPU-based supercomputers and state-of-the-art mathematical techniques from the flow control theory for minimizing the stroke risk factor during the TAVR procedures. 

He will be working under the supervision of the internationally renowned Prof. Richard Kerswell, head of the High Reynolds-Number Fluid Flow group at Cambridge. Clinical advice on the project will be provided by cardiologists from the Barts Heart Centre in London, the largest cardiovascular centre in Europe. The research is supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Hadi Zolfaghari has recently finished his PhD studies in the cardiovascular engineering group in ARTORG, where he worked on optimization of mechanical heart valves based on flow instability and control theory. He has also actively developed code for solving challenging flow problems on advanced GPU-based computing platforms such as the world’s 6th fastest supercomputer Piz Daint.