2018 - present Postdoctoral researcher at (joint position):
- Cardiovascular Engineering Group, Artorg Center, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
- Swiss MedTech Center, Switzerland Innovation Park Bie/Bienne, Switzerland   
- University Institute for diagnostic, interventional and pediatric radiology, Inselspital, University of Bern
2012 - 2018
PhD at (joint program)
- Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
- Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA
2015
Visiting predoctoral researcher, Center for Biomedical and Healthcare Engineering, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines, St.-Etienne, France   
2010 - 2012 Master of Engineering and Graduate Assistant at Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
2009
Research Assistant at Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
2005 - 2009 Bachelor of Engineering at Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering Guindy, Anna University, Chennai, India
  • Image-based biomechanical modeling
  • In-vitro cardiovascular flow system
  • Lumped-parameter models
  • Soft tissue biomechanics
  • Cardiovascular Engineering

Journal articles

Thirugnanasambandam M., Simionescu D., Sprague E., Goins B., Clarke G., Han HC., Amezcua K., Adeyinka O., Finol E., “The Effect of Pentagalloyl Glucose on the Wall Mechanics and Inflammatory Activity of Rat Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms”, Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 140(8):084502-084502-9, 2018.

Parikh S., Gomez R., Thirugnanasambandam M., De Oliveira V., Chauhan S., Muluk S., Eskandari MK, Finol E., “Decision Tree Based Classification of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms using Geometry Quantification Measures”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 1-13, 2018.

Chauhan S., Gutierrez C., Thirugnanasambandam M., De Oliveira V., Muluk S., Eskandari M., Finol E., “The Association Between Geometry and Wall Stress in Emergently Repaired Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms” Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 45(8): 1908-1916, 2017.

Kheyfets V., Thirugnanasambandam M., Rios L., Evans D., Smith T., Schroeder T., Mueller J., Murali S., Lasorda D., Spotti J., Finol. E., “The Role of Wall Shear Stress in the Assessment of Right Ventricle Hydraulic Workload” Pulmonary Circulation. 5(1): 90-100, 2015.

Thirugnanasambandam, M., Parida, B., William, A. J., Prasad, N., & Ramamurti, V. “Design of Transmission Housing”, Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy, 75(4):1-7, 2009.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Iniyan S., Goic R., “A literature review on Solar Thermal Technologies”, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14(1):312-322, 2010.

Conference papers

Thirugnanasambandam M., Simionescu D., Escobar P., Sprague E., Goins B., Clarke G., Han H-C., Amezcua K., Adeyinka O., Goergen C., Finol E., “Penta-galloyl glucose as a stabilization agent of rat AAAs: an inflammatory and wall mechanics- based study”, Cardiovascular Research Meeting 2018, University of Fribourg, Campus de Perolles, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Menon P., Avril S., Piskin S., Canchi T., Karmonik C., Finol E., “Temporal Evolution of Abdominal Aortic Wall Stress using image-based Vascular Mechanical Characterization (iV-MeCh)”, ASME-IMECE 2018, Pittsburgh, PA

Patnaik S., Davis K., Thirugnanasambandam M., Guerrero M., Lau A., Finol E., “Biomechanical Changes in Rodent Abdominal Aorta due to High Energy Particle Radiation”, 2018 NASA Human Research Program IWS, Galveston, TX, USA.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Simionescu D., Sprague E., Goins B., Clarke G., Han HC., Amezcua K., Adeyinka O., Finol E., “Biomechanical and Biological Evaluation of Elastin Stabilization in Rat Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms using Penta-Galloyl Glucose”, Summer Biomechanics, Bioengineering and Biotransport Conference (S3BC) 2017, Tucson, AZ, USA. Selected as finalist in PhD student paper competition: Extracellular matrix biomechanics

Chauhan S., Gutierrez C., Thirugnanasambandam M., De Oliveira V., Muluk S., Eskandari M., Finol E., “Correlations of Wall Stress and Geometry in Symptomatic and Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms”, SB3C 2017, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Parikh S., Teasley A., Thirugnanasambandam M., De Oliveira V., Muluk S., Finol E., “Geometric Modeling of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms under Surveillance: A Retrospective Study”, SB3C 2017, Tucson, AZ, USA. Selected as finalist in MS student paper competition

Amezcua K., Patnaik S., Thirugnanasambandam M., Reilly M., Finol E., “Assessment of Material Properties of Thin Film Wound-Treatment Polymers”, SB3C 2017, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Patnaik S., Thirugnanasambandam M., Escobar P.G., Sprague E., Piskin S., Finol E., “Ex-vivo Mechanical Characterization of the Canine Abdominal Aorta”, Society of Engineering Science (SES) 2017, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA.

Mahipat A., Thirugnanasambandam M., Patnaik S., Vazquez R., Finol E., “Ex-Vivo Biomechanical Characterization of Arteriovenous Fistulas”, SB3C 2017, Tucson, AZ, USA.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Mikkineni K., Muluk S., Adeyinka O.R., Finol E., “Histological and Biomechanical Analysis of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms”, SB3C 2016, Maryland, USA.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Simionescu D., Sprague E., Goins B., Clarke G., Han HC., Amezcua K., Adeyinka O., Finol E., “Effect of Penta-Galloyl Glucose on Murine AAA: Material Parameter Optimization and Finite Element Implementation”, SB3C 2016, Maryland, USA; Mechanics and Materials Graduate Student Seminar Series; Biomedical Engineering Research Seminar, Fall 2016.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Menon P., Avril S., Finol E., “Novel Image-based Analysis of Patient-specific Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Wall Stress Using a Membrane Mechanics Model”, SB3C 2015, Utah, USA.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Menon P., Avril S., Finol E., “Image based Vascular Mechanical Characterization (iV-MeCh) for Assessing Patient-specific Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Rupture Risk”, ASME – International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Houston, November 13-19, 2015.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Finol E., “Survival Analysis for estimating Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm rupture”, 2014 Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, San Antonio, October 22-25, 2014.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Finol E., “Correlation between wall stress and inflammatory activity in rat abdominal aortic aneurysms treated with Penta-Galloyl Glucose”, World Congress of Biomechanics, Boston, July 6-11, 2014.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Anand R., “Jatropha Oil as a renewable fuel in DI diesel engine”, International Conference on Computational Mechanics and Simulation (ICCMS), IIT Guwahati, India. Dec. 8-10, 2006.

Thirugnanasambandam M., Anand R., “Performance and Emission Characteristics of Jatropha oil Derived Biodiesel in a Transportation Diesel Engine”, BSME-ASME International Conference, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Dec. 20-22, 2006.