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PhD Studentship - Development of a Heart Bypass Surgery Optimisation Tool

The University of Manchester

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Manchester
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 15th February 2019
Closes: 31st May 2019

Lead Supervisor: Dr. Amir Keshmiri

Co-Supervisor(s): Dr. Stuart Grant


PhD in Mechanical Engineering

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Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) represents the most common type of heart surgery in the world. One key issue which affects the long-term results of CABG and leads to repeat symptoms and re-interventions is graft failure which occurs in up to 20% of patients within 5 years of surgery and in approximately 50% of patients within 10 years. Despite all the advances in medical images and healthcare technologies, when performing CABG, surgeons currently have no information on the haemodynamic efficiency of different patient-specific ‘revascularisation scenarios’.

This PhD project aims to use the state-of-the-art CFD techniques combined with advanced medical image processing techniques to develop a ‘clinical-based optimisation criteria’ to be implemented in a software platform, developed by the supervisory team at the University of Manchester and their clinical collaborators. This project will have both scientific and commercial potentials and the successful applicant will join the ManchesterCFD research team ( and will benefit from world-class research facilities at the University of Manchester. This project also benefits with direct collaboration with industrial partners.

Skills required

Entry requirements can be found by selecting the relevant PhD programme at this link:

An undergraduate or Master’s degree in mathematics, physics or engineering background. Previous experience in CFD, biomedical engineering and/or medical image processing are highly desirable.

Industrial Links

Funding is offered through The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering for one PhD studentship to start in July 2019. The project benefits from co-supervision and support from an industrial partner, Medical Simulation Technologies limited.

The studentship is for 3 years and covers both Home/EU tuition fees and a stipend to cover living costs at the RCUK-standard rate.

Further information about how to apply can be found at:

General enquiries relating to the postgraduate application process within the School of MACE should be directed to:

Martin Lockey, Senior PG Recruitment & Admissions Administrator

(E-mail:, Tel: +44(0)161 275 4345)

Contact for project specific enquiries

Dr Amir Keshmiri (

Tel: +44 (0) 161 3065752

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