Javiera Jilberto Vallejos

My undergraduate studies are in Structural Engineering at Universidad Católica de Chile. Late on my coursework, I took a class of Introduction in Biomechanics. I found it fascinating and decided to pursue a master’s degree to explore this discipline. In my thesis, under the supervision of Professor Daniel Hurtado, I developed numerical methods for cardiac electrophysiology. After finishing my master’s and while I was working at Universidad Católica as a researcher, I was awarded a joint scholarship from Fulbright and the Chilean Science Agency (ANID) to pursue a Ph.D. in the United States. 

Currently, I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Scientific Computing at the University of Michigan. In 2021 I was awarded a MICDE fellowship to support my research efforts in using computational tools to study heart mechanics. 

Research Interests

My research interests are the use of computational models to study heart diseases. I am specifically interested in understanding the biomechanics of the heart and how we can use patient-specific models to study complex pathologies by integrating our knowledge of the mechanics with data from medical images and in vitro and animal models of disease. At the same time, I am also interested in developing better computational tools that can be used to improve patient-specific simulations.