2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Computational Biology
Mentor: William Hiesinger, Cardiothoracic Surgery

In patients with end-stage heart failure, left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) can be used to provide mechanical support for the heart by bypassing the left ventricle altogether. The aim of Sandra’s project is to use 3D modeling, along with numerical simulations, to optimize the positioning of the LVAD. Through the use of patient-specific models, personalized procedures could be developed to reduce post-operative complications, improve patient experience, and extend the longevity of the device.