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Dr John Vardakis
4th Floor
UCL Mechanical Engineering
132 Hampstead Road
  • Research Associate - VPH-DARE Project
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

John holds a PhD in Integrative Cerebral Dynamics from the University of Oxford (2010-2014), and was involved in the VPH-DARE@IT project since 2013. His PhD was structured through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation (2009-2010), and was funded by the Digital Economy Programme; a RCUK cross-Council initiative led by the EPSRC and contributed to by AHRC, ESRC, and MRC, as well as from the VPH-DARE@IT project. He also completed the Science Innovation Plus programme in the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Saïd Business School (2011-2012). He joined UCL as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2015.

John received a BEng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from King’s College London in 2008. He was awarded the Siemens Prize (1st), King's College Engineering Society Centenary Prize and Gilbert Cook Bursary during his studies.

Research Summary

I'm a Research Associate in Integrative Cerebral Dynamics working with Professor Y. Ventikos. My main focus is developing a computational framework that will aid in the understanding of cerebral diseases arising from Dementia (such as Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Dementia and Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus). We work within the VPH-DARE@IT project, which aims to deliver the first patient-specific predictive models for early differential diagnosis of dementias and their evolution.

Conferences/Workshops attended:

★ Conf. (2015). NIH-IEEE Strategic Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies for Precision Medicine, NIAID Conference Center, Bethesda, USA.

★ Conf. (2015). First Computational Mechanics Conference in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwain.
★ Conf. (2015). The Seventh Meeting of the International Society for Hydrocephalus and CSF Disorders, Banff, Canada.
★ Conf. (2015). 3rd Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics Symposium, Amiens, France.
★ Conf. (2015). 9th European Solid Mechanics Conference, Madrid, Spain.
★ Conf. (2015). 4th International Conference on Computational & Mathematical Biomedical Engineering, Paris, France.
★ Conf. (2015). The 18th International Conference on Finite Elements in Flow Problems, Taipei, Taiwan.
★ Conf. (2014). 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference, London, UK.
★ Conf. (2014). 7th World Congress of Biomechanics. Boston, USA.
★ Conf. (2013). 1st UK National Conference on Patient-Specific Modelling & Translational Research. Swansea University.
★ Conf. (2012). Bioengineering, University of Oxford.
★ Conf. (2012). 6th European Postgraduate Fluid Dynamics Conference. Imperial College London.
★ Conf. (2011). International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM) Symposium on Computer Models in Biomechanics. Stanford University, California, USA.
★ Conf. (2011). First CSF Hydrodynamics Symposium. ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
★ Conf. (2011). 3rd Micro and Nano Flows Conference. Thessaloniki, Greece.
★ Conf. (2011). EPSRC meeting on patient specific modelling, University of Edinburgh.
★ Conf. (2010). Bioengineering, University of Nottingham.

★ Workshop.  (2016). New Challenges in the Physics of the Brain: From Cells to Organs, Ecole de Physique des Houches, France.
★ Workshop. (2015). Short Course on Computational FSI, Taipei, Taiwan
★ Workshop. (2015). Oxford Brain Mechanics Workshop: Carnegie Mellon University-Oxford Alliance, St Hugh’s College, Oxford

Teaching Summary

Computer Lab Organizer/Demonstrator (UCL)

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Advanced Computer Applications in Engineering (MECHM003), 4th Year and MSc Level.

►Title: "Computational Modelling of the Haemodynamics in Coiled and Uncoiled Cerebral Aneurysms".

Computer Lab Organizer/Demonstrator (University of Oxford)

Department: Engineering Science, Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation.

► Advanced taught module (PhD Level) on Modelling for Personalized Healthcare. Title: "Poroelastic Modelling for CSF Production and Circulation". 

► BME5: Modelling of Physiological and Pathological Process Laboratory (Undergraduate and MSc Level).

23-APR-2013 – 01-SEP-2017 Research Associate in VPH-DARE@IT Mechanical Engineering UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015 DPhil Doctor of Philosophy – Biomedical Engineering University of Oxford
2008 BEng Bachelor of Engineering – Mechanical Engineering King's College London
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