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Dr Vanessa Diaz
413
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Roberts Building, Torrington Place
London
London
WC1E 7JE
Appointment
  • Reader in Bioengineering
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Dr Vanessa Díaz obtained her degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where she was awarded his MEng degree with First Class Honours. She then obtained her PhD in Automatic Control and Industrial Informatics ("très honorable avec les félicitations du jury"; the highest academic distinction awarded for doctorates in the French academic university system) from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France in 2003, her PhD work focused on lumped parameter models, simulation and optimization of cardiac dynamics. She started working in 2004 for Imagine, S.A, a consulting and software developer company (Amesim® software) in Lyon, France, in modelling and simulation of non-standard thermodynamic applications and fuel cells. In 2004, she was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship by the European Commission. In the Framework of her Marie Curie Fellowship, she worked as a Research Fellow in the Academic Unit of Medical Physics at the University of Sheffield from 2005 until 2007, with her research focused on the coupling of biologically-oriented lumped parameter models as boundary conditions for 3D models of cardiovascular applications, specifically, on the modelling and simulation of mechanical heart valves behaviour. Vanessa joined the department as a Lecturer in 2007.  Vanessa is currently the PI of several EU, EPSRC and Royal Society Grants and is the scientific lead of the "Multiscale Cardiovascular Engineering" (MUSE) group at UCL.  Vanessa won the "UCL Consultants Award" in 2012 for her work in the project "DISCIPULUS", is the runner-up for the Marie Curie Prize (European Commission) 2014 and has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship in 2015.

Research Summary


Vanessa is interested in patient-specific modelling and the development of multi-scale, multi-physics and biologically-oriented models in the cardiovascular field, in order to understand health and disease for individual patients. Vanessa's approach uses a combination of ICT tools, systems biology approaches and biomechanics (CFD, structural mechanics & FSI). She is interested in inflammation and chronic conditions (atherosclerosis, neo-intimal hyperplasia, in-stent restenosis, etc.) but also, in the utilisation of computational tools for the design and optimisation of cardiovascular devices (mechanical heart valves, stents, LVADs). Vanessa is also interested in exploring the use of sensitivity, robustness, uncertainty and optimisation techniques/tools applied to the modelling and simulation of the cardiovascular system in order to better understand how to translate computational models into the clinic and to produce solid and valid models, to test biological hypotheses. Vanessa leads the group "MUSE" (Multiscale Cardiovascular Engineering), the only group in UCL devoted to tackle the integration of data and information through models, at multiple length and time scales.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/muse



Teaching Summary

Dr. Vanessa Diaz is course coordinator of the 2nd year Intermediate Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics (IEP - MEng and BEng Programme at UCL) and lectures Biofluids (MSc in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering).  Her teaching activities also include being part of the evaluation and assessment panels for 3rd year projects (running September-April) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Academic Background
1998 INGE Ingeniero (Engineer) – Mechanical Engineering Universidad de Simon Bolivar
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