Katerina Tziotziou is a PhD student at the Biomechanics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering/Cardiology at Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During her Master she developed a strain energy limiter approach for atherosclerotic plaque rupture modeling and applied it for the first time in atherosclerotic plaque-mimicking tissue-engineered samples. Currently, as a PhD student, her main research focus is the effect of plaque structural stress and wall shear stress on human coronary and carotid atherosclerotic plaque progression. Patient-specific plaque geometries are computationally analyzed in order to unravel great insights for the plaque growth mechanisms and possible patient-specific plaque progression predictive models.
Field(s) of expertise
- Cardiovascular Biomechanics
- Atherosclerotic Plaque Progression Mechanics
- Atherosclerotic Plaque Rupture Mechanics
- Finite Element Modeling
- Computational Mechanics
Education and career
- 2012-2017: BSc & MSc, Civil Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece.
- 2018 - 2020: MSc, Biomedical Engineering (specialization: Medical Devices and Bioelectronics), TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands.
- 2021 - Present: PhD Student (under the supervision of Dr. Ali C. Akyildiz, Dr. Daniel Bos, Dr Aad van der Lugt and Dr. Antonius van der Steen), Cardiology/Biomedical Engineering Department, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands