Cardiovascular disease is the most common killer world-wide to date. Statistically every 4th person will die from its consequences and its most common treatment is stenting. A stent is a mesh wired scaffold which re-opens plaque narrowed arteries to recover the blood flow to the heart. This is highly effective yet still fails in more than 160,000 people around the world. Individual considerations are needed.
This project will investigate the effect of arterial shape on stenting and how this affects treatment outcome. The work will expand and develop a suit of modelling and simulation tools. Software used include ANSYS, VMTK, R, MATLAB and python. Good programming skills and willingness to learn about physiological processes is a must.
Applicants must have: - a GPA higher than 3.5/4.0, or WAM >75 (for international students), or WAM >60 for Australian residents, and - must come from a top 400 University for their under-graduate study (QS, Times or shanghai), or have more than 2 years relevant industry research experience - meet the UNSW English language requirements https://www.unsw.edu.au/english-requirements-policy#english-waivers, and - intend on enrolling as a full-time HDR candidate in the commencing semester after successful application.
UNSW is the top engineering University in Australia, and top 35th in the world. It is renown for being progressive and inclusive, highly valuing diverse student and staff cohort.
Top-up scholarships are available for $10,000 per year. Additional internal tutor opportunities to top-up your living allowance are also available.