Dr Susann Beier

BSME (Hons) and ME, PhD

Biography

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. 

Distinctions/Honours

  • 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)

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  • Medrano-Gracia, P., Ormiston, J., Webster, M., Beier, S., Ellis, C., Wang, C., ... Cowan, B. (2017). A Study of Coronary Bifurcation Shape in a Normal Population. Journal of cardiovascular translational research, 10 (1), 82-90. 10.1007/s12265-016-9720-2
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young
  • Beier, S., Ormiston, J., Webster, M., Cater, J., Norris, S. E., Medrano-Gracia, P., ... Cowan, B. (2017). Vascular Hemodynamics with Computational Modeling and Experimental Studies. In S. Balocco, M. Zuluaga, G. Zahnd, S. L. Lee, S. Demirci (Eds.) Computing and Visualization for Intravascular Imaging and Computer-Assisted Stenting (pp. 227-251). Academic Press. 10.1016/B978-0-12-811018-8.00009-6
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Norris, John Cater, Alistair Young, Pau Medrano-Gracia
  • Beier, S., Ormiston, J. A., Webster, M. W., Cater, J. E., Norris, S. E., Medrano-Gracia, P., ... Cowan, B. R. (2016). Dynamically scaled phantom phase contrast MRI compared to true-scale computational modeling of coronary artery flow. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 44 (4), 983-992. 10.1002/jmri.25240
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Norris, John Cater, Alistair Young, Pau Medrano-Gracia
  • Medrano-Gracia, P., Ormiston, J., Webster, M., Beier, S., Young, A., Ellis, C., ... Cowan, B. (2016). A computational atlas of normal coronary artery anatomy. EuroIntervention : journal of EuroPCR in collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology, 12 (7), 845-854. 10.4244/eijv12i7a139
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young
  • Beier, S., Ormiston, J., Webster, M., Cater, J., Norris, S., Medrano-Gracia, P., ... Cowan, B. (2016). Impact of bifurcation angle and other anatomical characteristics on blood flow — A computational study of non-stented and stented coronary arteries. Journal of Biomechanics, 49 (9), 1570-1582. 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2016.03.038
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Norris, John Cater, Alistair Young, Pau Medrano-Gracia
  • Beier, S., Ormiston, J., Webster, M., Cater, J., Norris, S., Medrano-Gracia, P., ... Cowan, B. (2016). Hemodynamics in idealized stented coronary arteries: Important stent design considerations. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 44 (2), 315-329. 10.1007/s10439-015-1387-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Norris, John Cater, Alistair Young, Pau Medrano-Gracia
  • Beier, S., Ormiston, J., Webster, M., Cater, J., Norris, S., Medrano-Gracia, P., ... Cowan, B. (2016). Overcoming spatio-temporal limitations using dynamically scaled in vitro PC-MRI — A flow field comparison to true-scale computer simulations of idealized, stented and patient-specific left main bifurcations. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS, 2016, 1220-1223. Orlando, Florida, USA: IEEE. 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7590925
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Stuart Norris, John Cater, Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young, Kat Gilbert
  • Ormiston, J. A., Beier, S., Cowan, B., & Webster, M. W. I. (2012). Reply. JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, 5 (3), 362-363. 10.1016/j.jcin.2012.02.001

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M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level B, Room B40
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand

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