Medical Flow Physics Laboratory (MFPL)

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Department of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering

Principal Investigator

  • Niema Pahlevan, PhD

  • - Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair in Engineering and Assistant Professor
  • - Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, USC
  • - Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, USC
  • - USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • CV

Research Associates

  • Faisal Amlani, PhD

  • Research Associate

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

  • 1- Mathematical and computational hemodynamics
  • 2- Novel numerical methods for forward/inverse modeling of the entire circulation
  • 3- Data-driven and physics-based AI for cardiovascular analysis and signal processing
  • Publication list

Graduate Students

  • Haojie Geng, BS

  • MS Student

  • -Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1-Aortic Wave pumping

  • Alberto Paredes, BS

  • MS Student

  • -Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1-ComboMap Measurements in Vascular Phantoms

  • Jiajun Li, BS

  • MS Student

  • -Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1-Developing wave-based approaches for cardiovascular therapeutics

Research Professors and Visiting Scholars

  • Abbas Moghaddam, PhD

  • MR physicist

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

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

Undergraduate and Pre-Med Students

  • Bryson Rogers

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • -Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Effect of Wall Mechanics on Intrinsic Frequencies
  • 2- Fluid-Structure Interaction Modeling of Wave Dynamics in Vascular System

  • Elena Lottich

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • -Department of Biomedical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- LV-Aortic Simulator

  • Mahmood Alfayoumi

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

  • -Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, USC
  • Projects:

  • 1- Vortex Generator

Previous Group Members

  • Aaron M. Wolfson, MD, MS

  • Cardiology Fellow

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine, USC

  • Amara Ogbonnaya-Whittlesey MD

  • Postdoctoral Scholar

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Rheumatology fellowship program, NIH/NIAMS

  • Jennifer Miller MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Cardiology Fellow

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Digital Health Fellow at the Center for Body Computing at USC

  • Emad Mogadam MD, MS

  • Medical Resident, Research Associate

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Cardiology Fellow at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY

  • Jingyi Kang, MS

  • MS Student, Research Assistant

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • PhD Student in Mechanical Engineering at UCLA

  • Soren Cole, BS

  • Clinical Research Assistant

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Graduate Student at Johns Hopkins University

  • Christie Huang

  • Research Assistant

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Undergraduate Student in Mechanical Engineering at Caltech

  • Jessica Torrey

  • Research Assistant

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Undergraduate Student in Engineering at Harvey Mudd

  • Yasaman Yasari, BS

  • Research Assistant

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • BS in health promotion and disease prevention from USC

  • Harjit Minhas

  • Research Assistant

  • -Human Biology, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Projects:

  • 1-Physiologically accurate vessel fabrication

  • Anoosha Zaki

  • Research Assistant

  • First position after MFPL Lab:

  • Junior with a double major in Human Biology and Law, History and Culture at USC

Clinical Collaborators

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

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

  6. 1-Noninvasive and Early Detection of Acute Cardiovascular Events
  7. 2-Percutaneous left ventricular assist device
  8. Ray Matthews, MD, FACC, FSCAI

  9. -Professor of Clinical Medicine, Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, USC
  10. -Director of Interventional Cardiology and Catheterization Laboratories, USC
  11. Projects:

  12. 1-Noninvasive measurement of left ventricle end diastolic pressure (LVEDP)
  13. 2-left ventricular-arterial coupling after transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  14. David M Shavelle, MD, FACC, FSCAI

  15. -Medical Director of Adult Cardiology for the MemorialCare Heart and Vascular Institute at Long Beach Medical Center
  16. Projects:

  17. 1-LVEDP Variability
  18. 2-Intrinsic Frequency as an instantaneous monitoring of LV-Arterial coupling after percutaneous coronary intervention
  19. Cynthia S. Herrington, MD

  20. -Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program, Keck School of Medicine of USC
  21. -Associate Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  22. -Vice-President, Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  23. Projects:

  24. 1-Assist devices for patients with Fontan circulation
  25. Michael W Fong, MD, FACC

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

  29. 1-iPhone Measurement of LVEF in HF patients
  30. Ben Lin, MD, PhD

  31. -Assistant Professor Of Clinical Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Medicine, USC
  32. -Director of Noninvasive Cardiology
  33. Projects:

  34. 1-Next-Generation particle velocimetry techniques for Cardiovascular Flows
  35. Ajay Vaidya, MD, MPH

  36. -Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine , USC
  37. -Assistant Program Director for the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program
  38. Projects:

  39. 1-Artificial Intelligence (AI) based intervention for heart failure (HF) patients
  40. Kevin S. King , MD

  41. -Dignity Health
  42. Projects:

  43. 1-Hemodynamic Mechanisms Linking Aortic Arch Stiffness with Brain Insult in Older Adults
  44. 2-Brain injury in heart failure
  45. Gregory A. Magee, MD MSc FACS FSVS

  46. -Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy, Keck Medical Center of USC
  47. Projects:

  48. 1-Hemodynamics of aortic dissection
  49. Andrew L. Cheng, FAAP, FACC

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

  53. 1-Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring of Pediatric Patients
  54. 2-In vitro and computational modeling of congenital heart disease
  55. Aaron M. Wolfson, MD, MS

  56. -Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine (Clinician Educator)
  57. Projects:

  58. 1-Artificial Intelligence for Heart Failure Diagnostics
  59. 2-Intrinsic Frequency Analysis of Pulmonary Artery Waveforms