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  • Charles Anthony Taylor

    Charles Anthony Taylor

    Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering

    BioCharles A. Taylor received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1987, an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 and his M.S. Degree in Mathematics in 1992 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 1996 under the joint supervision of Thomas J.R. Hughes, Ph.D. and Christopher K. Zarins, M.D. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1997 where he developed an internationally recognized research program in the departments of Bioengineering and Surgery focused on the development of computer modeling and imaging techniques for cardiovascular disease research, device design and surgery planning. He pioneered the field of image-based modeling by performing the first computer simulations of blood flow in patient-specific models derived from medical imaging data. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers in internationally refereed journals (h-index 57), more than 250 peer-reviewed conference abstracts and has more than 150 issued or pending patents. While on the full-time faculty at Stanford, he supervised more than 30 PhD students and Postdoctoral Fellows. In 2004, he was appointed to a 3-year term as a special advisor to the Center for Devices and Radiological Health in the Food and Drug Administration. While at Stanford, Dr. Taylor taught courses in “Cardiovascular Bioengineering” and “Computational Methods in Cardiovascular Bioengineering”, was a founding faculty of the department of Bioengineering and led the development of the undergraduate degree program in Bioengineering. Dr. Taylor co-founded HeartFlow, Inc. in 2007 where he serves as the Chief Technology Officer and leads the technology development effort. He is an adjunct Professor of Bioengineering.

  • Joseph D. Towles

    Joseph D. Towles


    BioJoseph Towles is a Lecturer jointly appointed in the Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering Departments at Stanford University. Joe’s teaching interests are in the areas of solid mechanics, neuromuscular biomechanics, dynamical systems and control, and engineering design. His scholarship interest is in the area of engineering education. Specifically, Joe's engineering education activities include student-centric course and curricular development; assessment of student learning & engagement; and innovation in approaches to enhance student learning.

    A Mechanical Engineer by training, Joe earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and his MS and PhD degrees both in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University (1996-2003). Following graduate school, Joe was a research post-doctoral fellow and subsequently a research scientist and then a research assistant professor in neuromuscular biomechanics in the Sensory Motor Performance Program at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Northwestern University (2003-2012). Additionally, Joe was a research health scientist for the Rehabilitation R&D Service in the Department of Veterans Affairs (Hines, IL) during that time and later a scientist in the neuromuscular biomechanics lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2012-2014). At the time, Joe led projects that addressed the broad question of how to restore hand function (ability to grasp objects) following cervical spinal cord injury and hemiparetic stroke using experimental and computational techniques in biomechanics. As a complement to teaching within the undergraduate and graduate curricula in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014-2018), and now teaching broadly within the undergraduate curricula of Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering at Stanford, Joe's current scholarship interest has shifted to engineering education.

  • Jacqueline Tran

    Jacqueline Tran

    Administrative Associate, Bioengineering

    BioJacqueline graduated from San Jose State University with a B.S. in Health Science with a focus in Health Service Administration. She has interned at the Stanford Prevention Research Center as a clinical researcher working with the Healthy Aging Studies (HAS) programs under Dr. Abby King. At Good Will of Silicon Valley, Jacqueline had the opportunity to go back to her high school to teach children with special needs as a part-time teacher. Most recently, she has worked as a program associate with Stanford Medicine X under Dr. Larry Chu. Currently, Jacqueline is supporting the Mobilize Center, the Catalyst - Motivating Mobility& Health project, OpenSim, and the NMBL lab under Dr. Scott Delp and the Altman lab which includes: Stanford-UCSF CERSI and the AI100 Project under Dr. Russ Altman.

    Organizations that she is passionate about are Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), Autism Speaks community, and COUGH@SJSU. Each summer Jacqueline dedicate a week to MDA Summer Camp to kids with muscular dystrophy and related muscle-debilitating diseases to have the "the best week of the year". If you are a doctor, nurse, or a person who loves children, please check out