Medical Flow Physics Laboratory (MFPL)

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Principal Investigator

  • Niema Pahlevan, PhD

  • - Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC
  • - Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • - USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • - Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopy Center, Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI)
  • CV

Clinical Collaborators

  • Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA

  • Cardiologist

  • -Chief Science Officer, Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI)
  • -Vice President of Translation and Director of Cardiovascular Research Institute, HMRI
  • -Professor of Medicine (Clinical Scholar), Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, Keck
  • School of Medicine, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Noninvasive and early detection of acute cardiovascular events
  • 2- Percutaneous left ventricular assist device (PeLVAD)

  • Ray Matthews, MD

  • Interventional Cardiologist

  • -Chief, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • -Professor of Clinical Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, USC
  • -Director of Interventional Cardiology and Catheterization Laboratories, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Noninvasive measurement of left ventricle end diastolic pressure (LVEDP)

  • David M Shavelle, MD, FACC, FSCAI

  • Interventional Cardiologist

  • -Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Intrinsic Frequency analysis of pulmonary artery waveforms

  • Cynthia S. Herrington, MD

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon

  • -Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  • -Associate Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • -Vice-President, Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • -Program Director, Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship
  • Projects:

  • 1- Assist devices for patients with Fontan circulation

  • Michael W Fong, MD, FACC

  • Cardiologist

  • -Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Radiology, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, USC
  • -Co-Director of Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy
  • Projects:

  • 1- iPhone Measurement of LVEF in HF patients
  • 2- Heart failure patients monitoring with the use of pulse wave Intrinsic Frequency analysis

  • Kevin S. King , MD

  • Neuroradiologist

  • -Director of Imaging Research, Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI)
  • Projects:

  • 1- Effect of vascular biomechanics on brain function
  • 2- Brain injury in heart failure

  • Andrew L. Cheng, MD

  • Pediatric cardiologist

  • -Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • -Attending Physician, Division of Pediatric Cardiology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Projects:

  • 1- Noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring of pediatric patients
  • 2- Non-Newtonian behavior of blood flow in Fontan circulation (PI)

Visiting Scholars and Research Associates

  • Abbas Moghaddam, PhD

  • MR physicist

  • -Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Application of radial MRI tagging in heart failure and coronary heart diseases
  • 2- Cardiac MRI for sport applications

  • Faisal Amlani, PhD

  • Applied mathematician

  • -Visiting Research Scholar, Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Mathematical and computational hemodynamics
  • 2- Optimization problems in cardiovascular signal analysis
  • 3- Inverse problems in Mathematical Physiology

  • Thao T Tran, MSc, MR (RT), MRSO (MRSC)

  • Senior MR Technologist

  • Visiting Scholar-USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • Projects:

  • 1- Radial MRI tagging
  • 2- Effect of vascular biomechanics on brain function

  • Soren Cole, BS

  • Clinical Research Assistant

  • -Advanced Imaging Center, HMRI
  • Projects:

  • 1- Noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring

  • Marainne Razavi, PhD

  • Bio-statistician

  • Projects:

  • 1- Framingham Heart Study
  • 2- Clinical significance of wave condition number (WCN)
  • 3- Vascular dynamic changes in insulin resistance

Graduate, Undergraduate and Pre-Med Students

  • Arian Aghilinejad, MS

  • PhD Student

  • -USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • Projects:

  • 1- Aortic system dynamics and brain function

  • Rashid Alavi, MS

  • PhD Student

  • -USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • Projects:

  • 1-Biomechanics of Heart Failure
  • 2-Noninvasive and early detection of myocardial infarction

  • Heng Wei, MS

  • PhD Student

  • -USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • Projects:

  • 1-Assist devices for patients with Fontan circulation
  • 2-Non-Newtonian behavior of blood flow in Fontan circulation
  • 3-Fluid dynamics of cerebral venous system