"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:

Faculty and Staff

Jawaad Sheriff, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Peng Zhang, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Brandon Kovarovic, Ph.D.


Graduate Students

Changnian Han, M.S.

Ph.D. Candidate, AMS

Peineng Wang, B.S.

Ph.D. Student

Salwa Anam, B.E.

Ph.D. Student

Symon Reza, M.S.

Ph.D. Student

Ziji (Jason) Zhang, B.S.

Ph.D. Student, AMS

Yicong (Alicia) Zhu, M.S.

Ph.D. Student, AMS

Ryan Helbock, B.E.

M.S. Student

Steven Crimarco, B.E.

M.S. Student

Matthew Dovedytis, B.E.

M.S. Student

Kyle Baylous

B.E./M.S. Student