C. Alberto Figueroa, PhD

Edward B. Diethrich, M.D. Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Vascular Surgery

After completing his BS and MS in Civil Engineering in Spain, Dr. Figueroa enrolled in a PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, where he developed computational methods to simulate blood flow within elastic models of arteries built from patient-specific medical images such as MRI and CT. He then worked as a Research Scientist in the Department of Bioengineering at Stanford, collaborating with the Vascular Surgery team.

In 2011, Figueroa joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering faculty at the St Thomas’ Hospital in King’s College London as an Associate Professor.

In 2014, Figueroa joined the U-M faculty as the inaugural Edward B. Diethrich Associate Professor.

The focus of the Figueroa lab is divided into three main areas:

  1. Development of tools for advanced mathematical models of blood flow. This entails combining principles of computational mechanics, medical imaging, mathematical modeling, and high-performance computing.
  2. Studying the link between abnormal biomechanical stimuli and several cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, deep vein thrombosis, and aortic dissection.
  3. Simulation-based surgical planning: Figueroa and his team have assisted clinicians at the University of Michigan to plan specialized surgical procedures for a given patients’ optimal outcome.
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