Biosciences Graduate Program

Sarah Vigmostad, BSE, MS, BA, PhD


Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office: 1410 SC
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-2008

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BS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa
MS, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, University of Iowa

Research Summary

My research area is computational biomechanics. My focus is on developing and applying computational methodologies for the study of disease formation and progression, improving disease treatment options and prosthetic device designs, and identifying biomechanics-related risk factors for diseases. My research efforts focus on developing a user-friendly multi-scale, fluid-structure interaction computer modeling package that can be applied to a multitude of biomedical problems. I believe there are many applications for computational work in biomechanics, including the understanding of disease progression, the development of improved treatment modalities, and as a tool for physicians to use in determining therapeutic options. I have employed the computational models developed by my group in the study of bioprosthetic and bicuspid aortic valve dynamics, aortic arch hemodynamics, mitral valve mechanics, micro-scale modeling of RBCs (using NURBS isogeometric modeling to enable multi-scale coupling), and the acoustics and fluid dynamics of voice production. More recently, in an effort to create more user-friendly and widely applicable modeling tools, my group has developed imaging-to-modeling and movie-to-modeling capabilities using a level-set based segmentation algorithm and optical flow techniques. This has enabled more straight-forward implementation of patient-specific 3D & 4D data, the first step in developing virtual surgical tools for better treatment planning.

Center, Program and Institute Affiliations

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center

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