Founders Lecture Series - Engineering Principles Applied to Microvascular Quandaries

Pedro Cabrales, Ph.D.


Shu Chien-Gene Lay Department of Bioengineering

University of California, San Diego

Seminar Information

Seminar Date
March 10, 2023 - 2:00 PM

The FUNG Auditorium - PFBH

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Our research uses engineering science principles and methods to the phenomena involved in the regulation of microvascular hemodynamics and the transport and delivery of nutrients and oxygen to tissues. The central aim of our approach is to design novel therapeutic interventions to treat, manage, and ultimately prevent cardiovascular diseases. The nature of our research requires the translation of biological signals into quantitative measurements. We are interested in applying engineering tools and skills to develop new measuring techniques to understand in vivo transport phenomena and quantify organ and tissue function from the cellular to the macroscopic level. Our current efforts are given to conditions such as anemia, hemorrhagic shock, traumatic brain injury, polycythemia, anemia, cancer, and red blood cell pathologies such as malaria and sickle cell disease.


Speaker Bio

Dr. Cabrales received his B.S. (1997) and M.S. (1999) in Mechanical Engineering and his Ph.D. (2003) in Engineering from the University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Bioengineering, University of California. Dr. Cabrales received the UC San Diego Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action and Diversity Award (2014), Bioengineering Department Teacher of the Year (2012, 2014, and 2016). He became a fellow of the AIMBE in 2018 and the editor-in-chief of the Microvascular Research Journal in 2019. Dr. Cabrales has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles.

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