Morteza Gharib
California Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Gharib’s is a world renowned authority in the area of cardiac mechanics and bioinspired biomedical devices. Through his unique experimental approaches, he has shown that major aspects of cardiac function are reflected uniquely and sensitively in the optimization of vortex formation in the blood flow during each diastole. He is currently focused on the fundamental understanding of embryonic heart development, and the role of pulsatile flows in the process of valvogenesis and pumping. His work has illuminated the role of pulsating flow in the morphogenesis and function of the embryonic heart and has formed the basis for designing new biomedical devices for glaucoma and also for hydrocephalus.

Dr. Gharib has founded the department of bioengineering at Caltech and served as its founding chair for 4 years. In 2007, he established the Charyk center for bioinspired design at Caltech that currently is home to more than 15 diverse interdisciplinary projects. In his position he has promoted the field of bioinspired design and engineering and its application for the design of biomedical devices throughout the world. Also, he has consistently promoted acceptance of international students, and post-doctoral fellows to Caltech’s Bioengineering program.

His reconstruction of an aortic valve model based on a suggestion by Leonardo Da Vinci was displayed in Victoria and Albert Museum in London for 6 months in 2006 and has been featured in a BBC documentary about Leonardo’s inventions.

Dr. Gharib has pioneered the technique of particle image velocimetry (DPIV) and its ultrasound version for medical applications. This technique is now a method of choice for biological flow measurements in many research groups in the US and overseas.

Dr. Gharib awards and recognitions include: Fellow, American association for the advancement of science (AAAS), Fellow, American Physical Society (APS), Fellow, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME), Distinguished Israel Pollak Lectureship Award, 2005, Sackler Scholar in Bioengineering, University of Tel Aviv, Award for Excellence, Visualized Image (Artistic Section), 1995, Visualization Society of Japan, Award for Excellence, Visualized Image (Technical Section), 1995, Visualization Society of Japan, Flow Visualization Award, American Physical Society, 1983, 1987, 1989, 1993,1994, 2000, 2004. He has received 5 new technology recognition awards from NASA in the fields of advanced laser imaging and nanotechnology. Dr. Gharib is the principal inventor of more than 45 patents of flow and biomedical devices for his 3-D imaging camera system, he has received R&D Magazine’s “R&D 100 innovation award” for one of the best invention of 2008.