At the beginning of the year I graduated from the Graz University of
technology with a Master’s degree in Biomechanics and Neural
Engineering. I decided to do my mayor in biomechanics because I have
always been fascinated by the fact that physiological processes can be
described by mathematical formulations. During this time I had the
opportunity to get an insight into the different fields of
biomechanics. From the field of parameter acquisition by medical image
analysis to a further description of different problems by continuum
mechanics. In different courses I was able to learn the basics of the
finite element method which helps to solve these problems numerically.
In my master’s thesis I focused on fractures in biologically
anisotropic materials. The aim of this study was to simulate an aortic
dissection that can be compared to the crack propagation which was
observed in patients.
Currently I work as a PhD student in this department. From my PhD I
expect to get a deeper insight into the development of
patient-specific models. In particular, models for cardiovascular
diseases of the heart, as these diseases or the factors that triggers
them in the first case are still largely unknown.
This is only possible if further methods are researched to obtain
meaningful parameters and if methods for simulating the course of the
disease are developed.