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  • Christine Bui

    Christine Bui

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Cardiology

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Along with my internal medicine and pediatrics background, I have always been interested in palliative care and end of life. I would like to apply these interests to pediatric cardiology and adult congenital cardiology, as these patients often are critically or chronically ill, and would benefit from a palliative care perspective.

  • Alexander Kaiser

    Alexander Kaiser

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiology

    Bio Alexander D. Kaiser is an applied mathematician who researches modeling and simulation of heart mechanics. His doctoral work focused on the mitral valve. He currently works in the Stanford Cardiovascular Biomechanics Computation Laboratory, led by Alison Marsden, on modeling cardiac disease.

  • Martin Pfaller

    Martin Pfaller

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiology

    Bio I am a postdoc in the group of Alison Marsden, where I focus on cardio­vascular blood flow simulations. As a visiting student researcher with Ellen Kuhl at Stanford, I became fascinated with the application of computer simulations to medical problems. I graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a Ph.D., where I co-founded a group dedicated to the prediction of cardiovascular diseases using simulation methods. Since then, my research mission has been to make simulations more accurate and more accessible for clinicians. During my doctoral studies, we enhanced mechanical models by studying the interaction between the myocardium and the pericardium. We demonstrated how model order reduction could be used to speed up model personalization from patient data, such as cine MRI or blood pressure measurements. We also showed how simulations could enable patient-specific therapy planning of radiofrequency catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation. I am currently working on an NIH-funded project to improve reproducibility in blood flow simulations with data curation methods. We are developing a public repository of patient-specific simulations where other scientists can submit their simulations and automatically regain feedback. My long-term vision is to develop combined physics-based and data-based approaches to enable personalized therapies for the cardiovascular system.

  • Jason Szafron

    Jason Szafron

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiology

    Bio Jason Szafron is a post-doctoral scholar in the lab of Alison Marsden studying growth and remodeling in the pulmonary vasculature. He completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at Yale University where his dissertation work focused on the design of tissue engineered vascular grafts for use in the Fontan procedure.

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