Morteza Gharib

Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories; Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies

Degrees and Appointments

B.S., Teheran University, 1976; M.S., Syracuse University, 1978; Ph.D., Caltech, 1983. Professor of Aeronautics, 1992-2001; Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, 2001-02; Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioengineering, 2002-06; Professor of Bioengineering, 2006-09; Professor of Bioinspired Engineering, 2009-13; Liepmann Professor, 2006-; Director, Linde Institute, 2014-15; Vice Provost, 2010-16; Director, Graduate Aerospace Laboratories, 2015-; Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, 2017-.

Email: mgharibSymbolatcaltech.edu

Tel: 626-395-4453

205 Guggenheim Lab MC 105-50 Pasadena, CA 91125


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Research Overview

Professor Gharib's broad range of research interests in medical engineering can be categorized in three areas: bio-inspired design and engineering; cardiovascular research; and microfluidics. In bio-inspired design and engineering, he is looking into the use of nanoscale carbon-tube carpet to develop medical adhesives and painless nanoscale needles. In the area of cardiovascular research, he is studying the hemodynamics and wave dynamics of large blood vessels, embryonic heart flow which includes computational studies, 3D studies of blood flow inside left ventricle, design and analysis of mechanical & bio-prosthetic heart valves, and the effect of epigenetic factor on valvulogenesis. He also researches fluid control and mixing in microfluidic devices for biomedical applications such microscale on-chip analysis.

Medical Engineering