About Dr Vanessa Diaz
A Mechanical Engineer by training and bioengineer by choice. Did my UG degree in Venezuela and then I moved to France to do my PhD on what was an early application of multi scale modelling in cardiac physiology. I then moved to the UK as a Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Fellow to work on the use of models to better understand prosthetic heart valves. I started in UCL in 2007 and where I founded my group “Multiscale Cardiovascular Engineering” (MUSE) to apply mathematical tools and engineering principles to understand cardiovascular pathophysiology for patients’ benefit in what is called “patient-specific modelling”.
Our work is quite special in UCL as we are the only group devoted to developing tools and methods for concrete applications of multiscale cardiovascular engineering; trying to incorporate into these patient-specific models information about each individual patient that include imaging and different biomarkers, spanning different biological and timescales. We have started pioneer work on the understanding and prediction of patient-specific vascular remodelling and complex aortic diseases, such as aortic dissections. I am also currently a Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow.
Cover story: “Coupling Infusion and Gyration for the Nanoscale Assembly of Functional Polymer Nanofibers..."
Research from UCL Mechanical Engineering’s Biomaterials Processing Lab graces another front cover – the featured article in the July issue of Wiley’s Macromolecular Rapid Communications…Read more