C. Alberto Figueroa, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Chair, Biomedical Engineering
Edward B. Diethrich Professor of Surgery
Professor, Biomedical Engineering

(734) 763-8680
2800 Plymouth
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2800

Dr. Figueroa received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at King’s College London. He moved to the University of Michigan in 2014, where he is currently the Edward B. Diethrich M.D. Research Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Vascular Surgery. Dr. Figueroa’s main expertise is image-based simulation of hemodynamics. His doctoral work focused on developing techniques for fluid-structure interaction and multi-scale modeling for subject-specific cardiovascular simulations. Dr. Figueroa’s current research interests include: – Methods to predict the short-term response (auto-regulation) of the arterial system in response to changes in pressure and flow. – Pathophysiology and mechano-biology of arterial hypertension. – Methods to predict the growth & remodeling of blood vessels in response to changes in their biomechanical environment. – Computational tools to evaluate and predict the performance of abdominal and thoracic endografts. Dr. Figueroa’s lab is currently developing the open-source software for patient-specific blood flow modeling “CRIMSON” (CardiovasculaR Integrated Modeling and SimulatiON). This project is funded by the European Research Council via the “Starting Grant” mechanism, the most competitive in Europe. The goal of this project is to develop software to perform “virtual surgical planning”, a paradigm that will enable one day to test different approaches for a surgery and choose the optimal prior to the procedure. Dr. Figueroa has published extensively in the fields of Biomedical Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Life Sciences, and Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, and traveling.