Modelling Congenital Heart Disease with MRI

Project Code: 14623

Faculty: Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Department: Anatomy

Main Supervisor: Professor Alistair Young

Principal investigator: Avan Suinesiaputra

Application open date: 08 Jan 2015

Application deadline: 04 Jul 2018

Enrolment information: NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents, International


Fully funded stipend and fees available for a PhD student interesting in studing the geometry and function of the left and right ventricles in patients with congenital heart disease. We have developed a biventricular finite element model that captures the anatomy of both left and right chambers, myocardium, wall and valves. The next step in this research is to customize the model to follow the movement of patient’s heart derived from cardiac MR images.


What we are looking for in a successful applicant

We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate to work on this project who is skilled in:

  • mathematical modelling of cardiac function;
  • medical image analysis including registration methods and motion tracking;

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in biomedical engineering or computer science or computer vision, and excellent communication and writing skills. Programming skills, such as Matlab, C/C++ and/or Python, are essential. The successful applicant will need to be able to travel to meet with our collaborators at the University of California San Diego on several occasions during the project.


To develop new methods for evaluating cardiac function in patients with congenital heart disease.

Other information

Funding from the National Institutes of Health USA

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