The Cardiac Biomechanic Lab
The Cardiac Biomechanic Lab, directed by assistant professor Ali Azadani, research goal is to understand the role of biomechanics in the development and remodeling of the cardiovascular system for the purpose of informing treatment and prevention. Dr. Azadani spent the last two years building one of the most state-of-the-art labs in the country to improve the understanding, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Work currently funded by a PROF award is aimed at improving the long-term durability of transcatheter aortic valves. These valves can be installed through a minimally invasive surgical procedure, but application is limited to older patient’s due to device lifetime issues. His hope is that his research will help enable the extension of this procedure to younger populations. The cardiovascular lab is also voyaging into tissue engineering by utilizing 3D printing technology to manufacture alternative aortic valves.