Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2009
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisors: Charles Taylor (Bioengineering) and Paul Yock (Bioengineering)

Research Title: Three-Dimensional Vessel Wall Microarchitecture and Remodeling in Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Quantified Using Immunofluorescent Array Tomography

Research Description: Abdominal aortic aneurysms are a life-threatening degenerative disease in which the structural organization and integrity of the blood vessel wall is lost, resulting in vessel dilation and possible rupture. Sanaz’s work, with Professors Charles Taylor and Paul Yock, has enabled the application of a novel, high resolution, three-dimensional imaging technology, Immunofluorescent Array Tomography, to blood vessels for the first time. Her studies qualitatively and quantitatively characterized both the spatial and temporal remodeling of the microarchitecture and cellular response to aneurysm development. These studies provide a new perspective into aneurysm pathology and may help the development of preventative therapies.


Sanaz is the Director of New Business Development at Intuitive Surgical, the pioneer and leader of robotic surgery. Collaborating with the internal Strategy, Venture, and Research organizations, she is focused on leading Intuitive’s corporate development efforts by identifying and developing opportunities for new technology initiatives at Intuitive.