Who are you, what is your background and how did you get involved in MDR?
My name is Mohammad Rezaeimoghaddam, I was born in Gorgan, a small green city near the Caspian sea, in the north of Iran. I moved to Turkey in 2015 and did my PhD studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. I have been working on pre-surgical planning and cardiovascular fluid mechanics during and after my PhD in a collaboration with Koc University in Istanbul. In September 2020, I joined the cardiovascular biomechanics group at Eindhoven University of Technology and worked with Prof. Frans van de Vosse. My role was to develop a blood clot model that can predict thrombosis formation in the ex-vivo heart setup,
In September 2022 I started working in the MDR enabling technologies platform under the supervision of Prof. Carlijn Bouten and Dr. Sandra Loerakker.
My ambition is to achieve a major breakthrough in medical research by using computational models to determine and identify risk factors in cardiovascular devices.
As an engineer, I always try to understand complex problems by breaking them down into a set of simple concepts, interpreting the physics, and translating them into a mathematical model.
Tell us a little bit more about the research you are planning to do within MDR.
In the MDR platform, I aim to develop mechanistic models to support different MDR projects. However, my main focus is on heart valve tissue engineering modelling. Also, it provides knowledge for a better mechanistic understanding of the growth and remodeling of the fibrous collagen network in response to static and dynamic loads.
Who is your biggest example in science and why?
It’s hard to pick one person as the biggest example or as a science idol. However, I have been inspired by many scientists during my academic career. In particular, while attending conferences, and listening to talks, I am amazed by the knowledge, endeavor and effort of researchers which motivates me to work harder.
What do you do in your free time and how can we recognize the typical Mohammad?
In my spare time I enjoy doing exercise, running, swimming and water sports. Plus, I like watching movies and documentaries. I am also passionate about Latin music and salsa dancing.