Dr Susann Beier

BSME (Hons) and ME, PhD


Before coming to New Zealand, Susann completed her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Cooperative State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Mannheim, Germany. From Germany she moved to Auckland and worked as Research Engineer at the Light Metals Research Centre. During this time she also completed a master's degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland (2011). Then she moved to the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences to undertake her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences (UoA). After her successful completion in 2016, she continued her work as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Anatomy with Medical Imaging. Since 2018 Susann moved to University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia but continues to be involved in research projects in Auckland. Her Coronary Flow Atlas (http://www.coronaryatlas.org/) research focuses on the fluid dynamics and mechanics to understand and control biological systems and clinical interventions, including stent implants.

Research | Current

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. 


  • National Heart Foundation Research Fellowship, Sep 2017 
  • Visiting Fellow at Stanford University, Marsden Lab June- July, 2017 
  • Auckland Medical Research Foundation 'AMRF' project grant of $153,456 NZD from Aug 2017 for 2 years
  • Cardiovascular Research Innovation Grant by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand 'CSANZ' - a personal stipend of $35,000 AUD, Aug 2016
  • Auckland Academic Health Alliance 'AAHA' collaboration fund of $50,000 NZD from the University of Auckland and $50,000 from the Auckland District Health Board ADHB for 2 years, Aug 2016

Areas of expertise

  • Computational fluid dynamics modelling
  • 4D magnetic resonance image aquisition
  • Finite element analysis and computer aided design 
  • Process controll

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level B, Room B40
New Zealand

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