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  • Martin Pfaller

    Martin Pfaller

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cardiology

    Bio My research is dedicated to the prediction of cardiovascular diseases using computational methods. From an engineering point of view, three domains govern the physics of the heart: solid mechanics of the myocardial tissue, electrophysiology of the conducting system, and fluid dynamics of the blood. During my doctoral studies, we enhanced mechanical models by studying the interaction between the myocardium and the pericardium. We demonstrated how model order reduction could be used to speed up model personalization from patient data, such as cine MRI or blood pressure measurements. We also showed how simulations could enable patient-specific therapy planning of radiofrequency catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation. Currently, I am a postdoc in the group of Alison Marsden, where I focus on cardio­vascular blood flow simulations.

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