Renee Marie Miller

BS Marquette University, MSc University of Cape Town


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 of the left ventricle to aid the investigation of injecting polyethelene glycol hydrogels into infarcted cardiac 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.


Research | Current


Identification of Transversely Isotropic Material Properties from Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Elastography

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 aid the understanding of cardiac pathologies, such as diastolic heart failure. The project is in collaboration with Dr Arun Kolipaka at Ohio State University.



Research groups and projects


National Heart Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship (2013 - 2017)

James B. Bassingthwaighte Young Investigator Award, Cardiac Physiome Society (2014)

Whitaker Fellow (2010-2011)