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Dr. Vanessa DIAZ

Dr. Vanessa Díaz is a lecturer in Bioengineering in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, UCL. She has a unique engineering-systems biology background. Following her PhD in Multiscale Modelling and Simulation, Dr. Díaz was awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (IEF) (2005-2007), to work in the Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering, University of Sheffield.

She has a Royal Society Equipment Grant to fund a “clinically-friendly” cluster, in order to reproduce appropriate computational environments for patient-specific simulations as well as to process and share secure clinical data (2010). She has already established her own research group in “Cardiovascular Computational Physiology”

She is currently the Technical Coordinator of the “Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence” an FP7 project. Dr. Vanessa Diaz is the current leader and PI for DISCIPULUS, a support action (EC funded) for a roadmap towards the “Medical Avatar”.

Dr. Vanessa Diaz is also the PI of a EC funded European Reintegration Grant she is the PI of a EC funded multi-disciplinary and multi-centre Marie Curie Initial Training Network in cardiovascular engineering and medical devices, where multi-scale modelling, 3D numerical simulation and in vitro and ex vivo laboratory models are applied to understand complex and realistic (patient specific) conditions, including for example, tissue inflammation and restenosis due to stent and/or valve implantation.

Vanessa has been involved in the Marie Curie Fellows Association in the past and has a keen interest in science policy and mobility of researchers.