Researcher

Dr Susann Beier

My Expertise

My research explores the interface of medicine, engineering and computer sciences. My expertise lies in characterising and understanding the fluid dynamic interactions that underpin cardiovascular disease. My recent work focuses on the Coronary Flow Atlas, whereby a large image-based database of coronary artery shape and flow is established. I am also interested in the combination of 4D magnetic resonance flow imaging and computational simulation. This provides a probabilistic atlas of regional coronary flow and stress with predictive value for risk assessment and disease treatment. This detailed understanding can be applied to emerging and existing areas such as the design and improvement of stents to help understand or control clinical treatment outcome. 

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Biography

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Susann is originally from Germany were she received her mechanical engineering undergraduate degree with the KIT Research Center and the Cooperate State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg. After she worked at the Light Metals Research Center in Auckland, New Zealand as a Research Engineer where she soon lead national and international teams on...view more

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Susann is originally from Germany were she received her mechanical engineering undergraduate degree with the KIT Research Center and the Cooperate State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg. After she worked at the Light Metals Research Center in Auckland, New Zealand as a Research Engineer where she soon lead national and international teams on large-scale research projects. During this time she also undertook her Research Masters in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland. Later she relocated to the Medical Faculty to undertake her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, combining her knowledge of material, fluid dynamic and biomedical sciences. Since, her focus has been engineering driven cardiovascular disease treatment and her work spans across image processing, large data analysis and computational modelling of blood flow and tissue mechanics. Susann joined UNSW as a Lecturer in January 2018 and continues to run a team in Auckland while building up her group in Australia. Susann is based at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and works closely with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences. 

Research Interests 

Her research focuses on the fluid dynamics and mechanics of cardiovascular arteries to understand and control biological systems and clinical interventions, including stent implants. The main goal of her work is to improve treatment strategies and identify early prediction methods for cardiovascular disease. 

Current Research Projects 

  • Advanced medical image processing 
  • Stent design optimisation
  • Machine learning / Deep learning to understand disease risk 
  • Arterial fluid flow 
  • Nanomedicine 
  • Fluid-structure interactions in stented arteries 
  • Cell migration modelling 
  • Advanced 4D MRI flow 

For more information on Dr Beier's research please see the Coronary Atlas website and the Sydney Vascular Modelling Group's page.

Lecturing 

MECH9650 Introduction to Micro Electro Mechanical Systems 

Speaking

  • Invited Chair, European Bifurcation Club EBC, Brussel, 2018
  • European Bifurcation Club EBC, Porto, Portugal, 2017
  • European Bifurcation Club EBC, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Keynote, 2016
  • Research Bazaar ResBaz, Auckland, New Zealand, Keynote, 2016
  • Annual Meeting of the Cardiovascular Society CSANZ, Auckland, New Zealand, Keynote, 2015
  • MICCAI CVII-STENT, presentation, 2015
  • European Bifurcation Club EBC, presentation, 2015

Awards

  • The Australian Academy of Sciences Travel Award for ECR, 2018
  • Heart Foundation Fellowship, 2017
  • Visiting Fellow, Stanford University, 2017
  • Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) Project grant $153,000 NZD, 2017
  • Auckland Academic Health Alliance (AAHA) Collaboration Fund $100,000 NZD, 2016
  • Cardiovascular Research Innovations Grant $35,000 AUD by the Cardiovascular Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2016
  • Auckland Charitable Heart Trust, Research Fellowship, 2015
  • Emerging Research of the Year Award, Runner-up, 2015
  • 3min Thesis Competition, Finalist, 2014
  • Emerging Research of the Year Award, Runner-up, 2013
  • Auckland Charitable Heart Trust, Doctoral Scholarship, 2011
  • Laval University Travel Award, 2010
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Location

Ainsworth Building J17
Level 4, Room 401D
UNSW, Kensington Campus
Sydney NSW 2052
AUSTRALIA

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Contact

+61 2 9385 7580

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