"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Unknown

Prof. Danny Bluestein

Dr. Bluestein's work tackles the dynamics of flow and cellular transport in blood recirculating devices and the diseased cardiovascular system. Non-physiological flow fields that arise as a result of cardiovascular diseases and prosthetic devices have a complex interaction with the blood vessels and the blood itself. Over the last decade, evidence has accumulated indicating that local flow induced mechanical forces alter the molecular mechanism of the formed elements of blood, and have a major effect on blood clotting. The end result can be thrombus formation that can occlude arteries, or handicap the functionality of implanted devices. The long term goal of Dr. Bluestein's work is to elucidate flow-induced pathologies in blood recirculating devices and the cardiovascular system in order to advance our understanding of the different aspects of flows in biological systems. This research involves the use of sophisticated non-invasive techniques, such as numerical modeling of devices and pathologies, multiscale modeling of platelets, and innovative biochemical assaying techniques. Research is conducted in the following areas:


Jawaad Sheriff, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Fellows

Peng Zhang, Ph.D.


Prashantha Basvaraj, Ph.D.


Graduate Students

Brandon Kovarovic, M.E.

Ph.D. Candidate

Prachi Gupta, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, AMS

Changnian (Gary) Han, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, AMS

Salwa Anam, B.E.

Ph.D. Student

Symon Reza, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

Peineng Wang, B.S.

Ph.D. Student

Ziji (Jason) Zhang, B.S.

Ph.D. Student, AMS

Undergraduate Students

Brianne Polehinke

Undergraduate Student

Ryan Helbock

Undergraduate Student

Mingyang Zang

Undergraduate Student