Meet the team


CMIB core working team is a group of academics within the Department of Biomedical engeneering of KCL. The list below is the most representative sample, and we have strong links with other members within our Division and University.

Dr Pablo Lamata (group leader)


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Dr Pablo Lamata focuses on the synergies between computational cardiac models and medical image analysis. His main driver is to reach the clinical translation, proposing novel diagnostic biomarkers to better stratify patients. His main interests are the analysis of cardiac shape through computational meshes, non-invasive methods to estimate central blood pressure and its components, and the robust estimation of metrics of diastolic performance (myocardial stiffness and decaying active tension). Pablo lamata

Dr Steven Niederer

KCL Pure

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Dr Steven Niederer’s research is characterised by the use of multi-scale and multi-physics computational models of the heart to investigate fundamental physiological questions and gain insight into patient pathologies and treatments. This work includes the development of novel methods for integrating and interpreting patient data, evaluating new medical devices using computational modelling and developing patient specific models. His research is highly interdisciplinary, working closely with imaging scientists, basic researchers and cardiologists with a strong focus on clinical translation. steve

Dr David Nordsletten

KCL pure

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 My career began at age 16 when I started studying at the University of Minnesota where I graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics.  In 2005 I started a PhD at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute working with Prof Nicolas Smith and Prof Peter Hunter on fluid-solid coupling in the heart.  In 2006, I transferred to the University of Oxford Computing Laboratory, where I worked with Dr. David Kay on analysis of fluid-solid coupling schemes.  My thesis entitled Fluid-Solid Coupling for the Simulation of Left Ventricular Mechanics was approved in 2009.  After graduating, I worked as a post-doc at MIT with C. Forbes Dewey while also carrying on active research at the University of Oxford.  In 2010 I joined Kings College London Department of Biomedical Engineering as a Lecturer. Dave

Dr Robert Eckersley

KCL pure

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Dr Rob Eckersley is a Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London.
His research is focused towards the development and advancement of Medical Ultrasound Imaging, with projects ranging from the basic physics of acoustics, through system engineering, to the clinical evaluation of novel imaging tools. He has a particular interest in image and signal analysis of clinical ultrasound data for functional imaging or tissue characterization. At a more fundamental level he investigates strategies for improved detection and quantification of microbubble contrast agents and he is working with non-linear imaging techniques particularly with respect to improving the sensitivity and spatial and temporal resolution of ultrasound imaging.

Dr Adelaide de Vecchi

KCL Pure

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I completed an MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) and obtained a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London. I then worked as a research scientist in bioengineering at the University of Oxford and King’s College London, where I hold my current position as Lecturer in Computational Cardiovascular Modelling. I have a strong interest in applied technology and modelling with focus on medical devices and personalised medicine. Adelaide


Dr Alessandro Farazi

 I received an MSc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Genoa (Italy). I completed a PhD in 3D real-time simulation of soft tissue deformation using Finite Elements, mimicking a nonlinear elastic behavior, from Imperial College London. My objective was to improve the realism of surgical simulators by adding haptic feedback.
I am currently developing a pre-planning, patient specific system for aorta reconstruction in the presence of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). I am also working on estimating pressure by using the subharmonic response from microbubbles when listening to the echo of ultrasound.
My research interests include virtual reality, medical imaging, image processing, and medical simulation.
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Amanda Nio

Google Scholar My research focuses on cardiovascular physiology — with an emphasis on applying and developing non-invasive methods to gain insights into sex differences, ageing, and adaptations to exercise training.




Fabrizio Donati

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I received BSc and MSc in Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, then I moved to London to start PhD in Biomedical Engineering in 2012.
I am really into fluid dynamics (experimental or computational, anything!), especially passionate about automotive and aerospace aerodynamics. I love Formula 1, cars in general and trains,  music, football, cooking, travelling and LEGO!
My project is about estimating pressure in cardiovascular compartments non-invasively from PC-MRI.

Anastasia Nasopoulou

I am a PhD student working in myocardial material parameter estimation using diastolic data. I studied civil engineering in National Technical University of Athens, Greece majoring in geotechnical engineering. Afterwards I did an MSc at Imperial College, London in Biomedical Engineering where I studied Biomechanics and my thesis was on the effects of the extraocular muscles on the optic nerve head strain field and its possible impact in glaucoma. In my PhD my main interest areas involve large deformation mechanics, myocardial material laws and parameter estimation. Anastasia

Nidhin Laji

Research Gate  Nidhin is a fourth year medical student at King’s College London with an interest in bioengineering and imaging. He joined CMIB during his intercalated BSc in Imaging Sciences. Last summer, Nidhin managed to secure a Wellcome Trust and Academy of Medical Sciences INSPIRE Studentship to contribute towards the development of a surgical planning software for the Norwood aortic arch reconstruction in HLHS. Nidhin_Laji

Patricia Gutiérrez Zamora (Universitat de Barcelona)

I am a fourth year student in Biomedical Engineering at University of Barcelona (Spain).  My final degree project aims to perform a heart shape analysis between a cohort of adults exposed to fetal growth restriction (FGR) and a group of subjects no exposed to FGR. My interest areas involve different disciplines as imaging processing, tissue engineering or medical implants.  Patricia

Ross Upton (University of Oxford)

Google Scholar  Ross’ area of research is specifically targeted at utilising computational echocardiography technologies to quantify myocardial geometry and mechanics. Ross is currently applying these technologies to cohorts including coronary artery disease, hypertension, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and pre-term born neonates with the aim of identifying subclinical disease to enable early prevention. Ross

Alumni and past members

  • Jiahe Xi (now in Blue Crest Capital)
  • Gerardo Gonzalez (now at UCL)
  • Daniel Nolte (now at Imperial College)
  • Ernesto Zacur (now Marie Curie Fellow at University of Oxford)
  • Marta Varela (we are lucky to have her as a postdoc within our Department!)