After her Bachelor and Master degree in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, Italy, and a period in St Jude Medical as Field Technical Engineer in Cardiac Rhythm Management department, Giorgia joined the UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science & Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London, UK for her PhD programme.
She holds now a postdoctoral research associate position at the Mechanical Engineering department of UCL (London, UK), after obtaining the British Heart Foundation Immediate Postdoctoral Research Fellowship.
Giorgia’s research focuses on the translation of computational techniques in clinical practice, as computational simulations based on medical images have the potential to aid clinical decision-making for the optimal patients’ treatment.
Specifically, her PhD project focused on the development and validation of patient-specific numerical models for transcatheter valve implantation, a recently developed minimally-invasive technique for patients who cannot undergo open-heart surgery.
Her postdoctoral research project aims to develop engineering models to elucidate the conditions of blood flow and thrombus formation in a region of the heart named “left atrial appendage”, where blood clots typically form when the heart rhythm is disturbed by a condition called atrial fibrillation. In particular, the goal of the project is understanding the relationship between LAA shape, blood flow phenomena and clot formation by means of computational and experimental techniques.