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  • Piru Pathmarajah

    Piru Pathmarajah

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Dermatology

    BioDr Pirunthan Pathmarajah graduated from University College London Medical School in 2016 and intercalated with a first-class Bachelor of Science in Medical Sciences with Physiology. He successfully completed a clinical elective in Allergy and Immunology at Yale New Haven Hospital, USA. He has continued to specialise in Dermatology, training at Broomfield Hospital and Basildon Hospital in the UK. His key academic interests are in medical dermatology with respect to eczema and psoriasis which he continues to pursue as part of the clinical research team at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology. He is currently undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University studying genotype-phenotype associations in Epidermolysis Bullosa and validating a novel scoring instrument with the aim of developing novel therapeutics for patients with this rare complex condition.

  • Martin Pfaller

    Martin Pfaller

    Instructor, Pediatrics - Cardiology

    BioDr. Martin R. Pfaller is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics (Cardiology) in the group of Alison L. Marsden. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich, working with Wolfgang A. Wall. During his Ph.D., he validated an efficient yet physiologically accurate boundary condition to account for the mechanical support of the heart within its surroundings, which has been adopted by various research groups worldwide. He further demonstrated how projection-based model order reduction could speed up model personalization from patient data, such as magnetic resonance imaging or blood pressure measurements. His current work focuses on cardiovascular fluid dynamics. He developed reduced-physics models to make blood flow simulations faster and more reliable. Further, he developed a fluid-solid-growth interaction model in blood vessels. His future research will predict the heart’s long-term function in heart diseases, supported by an NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) and Stanford MCHRI Instructor K Award Support. He will quantify the risk of heart failure after a heart attack with a stability analysis validated with imaging data in swine and humans. This research will improve our understanding of biomechanical mechanisms leading to heart failure and help to identify patients at risk, enable personalized therapies, and facilitate the optimal design of medical devices. As an Assistant Professor, Martin will start his own research group at Yale University in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in July 2024.