Renee Miller

Renee Miller

PhD Candidate, jointly with Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
BS Marquette University, MSc University of Cape Town

Contact details

Boyle Building, Grafton Campus,
Room 505-B40
Corner of Park Road and Boyle Crescent

Phone: + 64 9 923 2531 (DDI); ext 82531 (internal)


Renee Miller graduated from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (with an emphasis in Biomechanics) in 2009. She then went on to complete a Masters of Science at the University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa) which included coursework and a short thesis. For her research project, Renee created finite element models to aid the investigation of injecting polyethelene glycol hydrogels into infarcted tissue as a post-infarction therapy.

Renee also worked for Baxter Healthcare in Round Lake, IL in the exploratory research division for one year as part of a co-op program and Lodox, a South African-based company which produces low-dose x-ray scanners for emergency rooms. She then moved to Auckland in June 2013 to begin her PhD.



Proposed thesis title: An investigation of cardiac magnetic resonance elastography: relating anisotropic dynamic stiffness to current techniques in cardiac modelling

Reneeā€™s PhD research involves investigating dynamic anisotropic stiffness values measured from cardiac magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) and their relationship to myocardial contractility and hyperelastic material models. MRE has the potential to provide accurate, non-invasive cardiac stiffness values throughout the cardiac cycle that can be incorporated into patient-specific finite element models. The project is in collaboration with Dr Arun Kolipaka at Ohio State University.



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