About Me

I am a biomedical engineer studying the dynamic physiologic response to traumatic injuries, with a particular focus on hemorrhagic shock and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Our primary interest is in understanding key biological events following major hemorrhage and/or TBI where we can potentially intervene and help improve patient outcomes.

Research Laboratory

Rahbar Lab: Discovering and engineering personalized solutions for managing and treating traumatic injuries.

Current Projects

  1. Development of computational fluid dynamic (CFD) models for hemorrhagic shock - We are exploring CFD modeling approaches to studying hemorrhagic shock and efficacy of endovascular hemorrhage control devices, in collaboration with Dr. Timothy Williams.
  2. Investigating FADS & ELVOL gene-diet interactions in critically injured patients - We are determining how genetic variants impact an individual’s response to immune-modulatory diets and their overall inflammatory status following injury.
  3. Investigating FADS & ELOVL gene-diet interactions in liver organoids - We develop novel 3D liver organoids to study lipid and PUFA metabolism.
  4. Biomarkers for Concussions & Traumatic Brain Injury - Our lab collects blood, saliva and urine biospecimens to discover novel biomarkers for diagnosing and/or managing treatment after TBI.

Education Program Involvement

Biomedical Engineering PhD
Program Research Interest: Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biomedical Imaging, Cardiovascular Engineering, Nanomedicine and Nanobioengineering, Neuroengineering, Tissue Engineering

Integrative Physiology and Pharmacology PhD 
Program Research Interest: Cardiovascular Physiology and Hypertension, Regenerative Medicine, Neuro- and Behavioral Pharmacology