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  • Christine Bui

    Christine Bui

    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Cardiology
    Fellow in Pediatrics - Cardiology

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsAlong with my internal medicine and pediatrics background, I have always been interested in palliative care and end of life. I would like to apply these interests to pediatric cardiology and adult congenital cardiology, as these patients often are critically or chronically ill, and would benefit from a palliative care perspective.

  • Alexander Kaiser

    Alexander Kaiser

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiology

    BioAlexander D. Kaiser is an applied mathematician who researches modeling and simulation of heart mechanics. His doctoral work focused on the mitral valve. He currently works in the Stanford Cardiovascular Biomechanics Computation Laboratory, led by Alison Marsden, on modeling cardiac disease.

  • Karthik Menon

    Karthik Menon

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiology

    BioKarthik Menon is a postdoctoral scholar in the Cardiovascular Biomechanics Computation Laboratory at Stanford University, advised by Alison Marsden. His current research involves the development of computational methods for accurate patient-specific cardio­vascular blood flow simulations and uncertainty quantification. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 2021, where his doctoral work focused on the flow physics of fluid-structure interactions. His broad research interests include fluid mechanics, computational modeling and data-driven methods.

  • Martin Pfaller

    Martin Pfaller

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiology

    BioI am a postdoc in the group of Alison Marsden, where I focus on cardio­vascular blood flow simulations. As a visiting student researcher with Ellen Kuhl at Stanford, I became fascinated with the application of computer simulations to medical problems. I graduated from the Technical University of Munich with a Ph.D., where I co-founded a group dedicated to the prediction of cardiovascular diseases using simulation methods. Since then, my research mission has been to make simulations more accurate and more accessible for clinicians. 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. I am currently working on an NIH-funded project to improve reproducibility in blood flow simulations with data curation methods. We are developing a public repository of patient-specific simulations where other scientists can submit their simulations and automatically regain feedback. My long-term vision is to develop combined physics-based and data-based approaches to enable personalized therapies for the cardiovascular system.

  • Jason Szafron

    Jason Szafron

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiology

    BioJason Szafron is a post-doctoral scholar in the lab of Alison Marsden studying growth and remodeling in the pulmonary vasculature. He completed his PhD in biomedical engineering at Yale University where his dissertation work focused on the design of tissue engineered vascular grafts for use in the Fontan procedure.

  • Alison Schroer Vander Roest

    Alison Schroer Vander Roest

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Cardiology

    BioMy research interests are in the field of cardiac mechanobiology, seeking to understand how the mechanical environment in the heart influences cell behavior and cardiac function throughout pediatric development and disease. I completed my PhD at Vanderbilt working with Dave Merryman focusing on fibroblast activation and inflammatory cell recruitment after myocardial infarction. I was excited for the opportunity to pursue postdoctoral training at Stanford, initially under the mentorship of Dr. Beth Pruitt in mechanical and bioengineering and Dr. Jim Spudich in biochemistry. My postdoctoral project has focused on the effect of myosin mutations which cause hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) using human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) derived cardiomyocytes. I have learned techniques for hydrogel micropatterning and quantification of cellular scale forces through traction force and FRET microscopy. I have also participated in many exciting collaborations across Stanford (with Dr. Alex Dunn and Dr. Sean Wu), as well as collaborators at different institutions. My background in biomedical engineering has informed my quantitative and systems-based approach to biological questions, and my current appointment in the medical school working with Dr. Dan Bernstein has provided me with the opportunity to learn more about the realities of clinical care in pediatric cardiology.