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Su Guvenir Torun

MSc. S. (Su) Guvenir Torun

PhD candidate

  • Department
  • Cardiology



Su Guvenir Torun is a PhD student at the Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering/Cardiology at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her main research focus is on atherosclerotic plaque rupture biomechanics and the mechanical characterization of atherosclerotic human arteries. The methods used within the scope of her research consists of mechanical testing, pre-clinical imaging, digital image correlation, structural collagen imaging, and finite element modeling. By using these techniques, her research aims to provide unraveled insights of plaque rupture events to enable the development of more efficient risk assessment tools.

Field(s) of expertise

  • Soft Tissue Biomechanics
  • Mechanical Characterization of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Tissues
  • Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Finite Element Modeling
  • Atherosclerotic Plaque Rupture Mechanics

Education and career

  • 2012 - 2016: BSc, Biomedical Engineering, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey
  • 2016 - 2018: MSc, Biomedical Engineering (specialization: Biomaterials and Tissue Biomechanics), TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands
  • 2017 - 2018: Visiting Scholar (Master’s Thesis entitled “Characterization of Glaucomatous Rat Eye Optic Nerve Head Biomechanics with Individual-Specific Finite Element Modeling” under the supervision of Dr. C. Ross Ethier), Ethier Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 2018 - Present: PhD Student (under the supervision of Dr. Ali C. Akyildiz and Dr. Antonius van der Steen), Cardiology/Biomedical Engineering Department, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


  • Guvenir Torun, Su, et al. "Multicomponent Mechanical Characterization of Atherosclerotic Human Coronary Arteries: An Experimental and Computational Hybrid Approach." Frontiers in physiology (2021): 1480.
  • Guvenir Torun, Su, et al. "Multicomponent material property characterization of atherosclerotic human carotid arteries through a Bayesian Optimization based inverse finite element approach." journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials 126 (2022): 104996.

For a complete overview of publications, see Research Gate.

For an overview of her Master’s Thesis, see TU Delft Education Repository.


Teaching activities

Supervision of 4 MSc students (2018-2022).

Scholarships, grants, and awards

  • Student Poster Award for the poster entitled “Heterogenous Material Properties of Atherosclerotic Carotid Arteries: A Bayesian Optimization Based Inverse Finite Element Approach”, 2020 edition of the Virtual Physiological Human conference, 24-28 August 2020, Paris, France (online).
  • Top Ranking Student Award, Biomedical Engineering Department, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2016.

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