If you’ve ever watched floating leaves as they glide down a meandering stream, you’ve probably noticed the little eddies that build up when the water bends around a sharp corner, creating turbulence in contrast to the stream’s more placid center. Look a little closer and you’ll see how complicated those disturbed flows can be, stressing and wearing away the rocks and twigs where they pass. If you could look inside the bloodstream, you’d see the same thing at work, according to Ian Tamargo, an Emory medical student who recently completed his PhD in Molecular Pharmacology.
“The (blood) flow will go forward, but when it hits a curving surface, it will bounce back and spin in circles,” he says, explaining the complicated ways flow is disrupted when blood encounters a vessel wall that doesn’t run in a straight line. “In branching areas, it hits directly onto the branch point and then comes back, leading to an irregular flow pattern… Continue reading.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Hanjoong Jo, Ph.D., John and Jan Portman Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME), Associate Chair for Emory Affairs, Wallace Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Jo was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For leadership in vascular biology including mechanobiology and for significant contributions to our understanding of the genesis of atherosclerosis.