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April 8, 2005

Chandran Elected Fellow Of Biomedical Engineering Society

Krishnan B. Chandran, Lowell B. Battershell Chair of Biomedical Engineering and departmental executive officer in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and a faculty research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, has been elected a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) in the organization's inaugural class of fellows. His election will be formally recognized during the September 28, 2005, BMES Annual Fall Meeting in Baltimore.

Chandran, who came to the UI in 1978, has research interests in vascular prosthesis and artificial heart valve dynamics, fluid dynamics and mass transport in arteries, and fluid dynamics and atherosclerosis.

Currently, he is principal investigator on a 4-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a computer simulation tool that may help engineers and physicians to improve the durability of biological prosthetic heart valves. Currently, biological tissue valves -- often harvested from pigs -- last about 10 to 12 years, at which time the patient must undergo another valve replacement surgery. Researchers will use the information to better understand structural failure and to reduce stress in implanted valves.

Chandran's Cardiovascular Biomechanics Laboratory in the College of Engineering conducts experimental research in hemodynamics and solid mechanics of cardiovascular structure, with research emphasis on evaluation of cardiovascular implants and the study of mechanics of circulation.

His other scientific and professional affiliations include membership in the American Society of Biomechanics and the American Society of Engineering Education. Chandran is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers.

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