Since joining the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in January, assistant professor Eleonora Tubaldi has been quick to make an impact, as illustrated by her already receiving funding for her BIO5 Team Scholars Program project.
In patients with dialysis, the ability to be connected to the dialysis machine relies on the presence of a functional vascular access. However, vascular access points used to draw and return a patient's blood often wear out. The study, titled "MRI-to-CFD Pipeline for Hemodynamic Profiling of Murine Arteriovenous Fistula," is designed to develop an open-source software application that provides analysis of MRI data. Doctors can use the data to determine the best way to make the vascular access points last longer, thus reducing patient morbidity and mortality.
Tubaldi will be working alongside BIO5 researchers Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury and Dr. Diego Celdrán Bonafonte.