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Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of Fetal/Embryonic Heart Development (Project 2)


Department of Bioengineering

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About the Project

The Cardiovascular Biomechanics and Ultrasound Laboratory, led by Dr. Choon Hwai Yap, is moving to Imperial College in July 2020, and is looking for multiple talented and highly-motivated PhD students, to research on embryonic and fetal cardiovascular biomechanics and mechanobiology. Candidate with strong background in biomechanics and programming, or with developmental biology, and who are interested in cross-disciplinary work and interested to join our multi-disciplinary collaboration network, are especially welcome.


Project 2 – Evaluating and Improving Clinical Fetal Heart Intervention
Minimally-invasive catheter-based intervention of fetuses with congenital heart diseases to enhance their chance of being born with reduced malformation severity is feasible today, but much work is necessary to understand the intervention’s effects and build predictive models to aid patient selection and improve outcomes. We work with physicians in one of two centres in the world with an established program in such fetal heart interventions, to help improve and evaluate these new and promising treatment approaches. Work will likely include evaluation of the biomechanical effects of the intervention, biomechanical modelling to predict intervention outcomes, and building predictive prognosis models to minimize risks and maximize patient outcomes.


How to Apply
Candidates should please send a single pdf file, consisting of a 1-page motivation letter and a CV to [Email Address Removed]. Reference letters may be requested for shortlisted candidate.


Funding Notes

Funding and Eligibility
The successful candidate will complete a PhD in Bioengineering Doctoral Training Programme, and is covered by a full scholarship providing fees and a stipend. The position can start any time from July 2020, and is open until filled.



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