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Katerina Tziotziou

Ir. A. (Katerina) Tziotziou

PhD candidate

  • Department
  • Cardiology



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


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

Teaching activities

Supervision of 2 MSc students (2022- Present).

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