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07-30-2010, 01:15 AM
PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Applications are invited for a postgraduate degree by research (PhD) in Biomedical
Engineering at the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, National
University of Ireland Galway. This research degree will be carried out in
collaboration with Medtronic Vascular and is funded by the College of Engineering
and Informatics.

Research project
Mitral and aortic heart valves play a crucial role in controlling flow of oxygenated
blood from the heart to the body. In patients with structural heart disease the function
of these valves is degenerated by means of valve stenosis, which can result in
regurgitation of blood. Transcatheter bioprostheses can be used as clinical treatments
to improve blood flow and replace dysfunctional valves. These valves need to be
deployed and function over in a range of native anatomies.

The objective of this research project is to develop design tools to optimise
transcatheter valves performance over a range of deployed configurations, and to
advance understanding of transcatheter bioprostheses using experimental approaches
and computational modelling. A mechanical testing program will be employed to
investigate the mechanical effects of transcatheter valve implantation. The student
will develop advanced computational models to investigate the biomechanical
function of transcatheter bioprostheses and their interaction with native tissue. The
overall aim is to provide a pre-clinical tool that can optimise the design and
development of transcatheter valves. The researcher will liaise with industrial partners,
prepare technical reports and publications, and present results at technical conferences.
Applicants must hold a Bachelors degree in Mechanical or Biomedical Engineering,
or a related field. We seek a student who has breadth of vision and experience in
addition to outstanding undergraduate achievement. The minimum qualification for
the award of a Scholarship is a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1.
The student will receive an annual stipend and in addition, fees will be paid by the

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, which highlights the candidate’s
interest in the field and reasons for pursuing a PhD, and a CV by email to Dr. Laoise
McNamara at Laoise.McNamara@nuigalway.ie by August 6th, 2010. Informal
enquiries are welcome at the same e-mail address.