I'm Keshav, and welcome to my personal website ! I am a researcher and educator in the field of biomedical engineering. The human body, and the cardiovascular system specifically, is fascinating, and forms the focal point of my research. I have a background in mechanical engineering, with a PhD in biomedical engineering.
I also love to teach and enjoy empowering students in the fantastically intriguing (and of course, complex!) realm of engineering. Additionally, I enjoy doing outreach by spreading the power of knowledge (especially in STEM* fields) to the youth of today.
You can explore my research projects, teaching experience and outreach and information about who I am from the different pages of my website. Feel free to contact me to learn more about how we can collaborate on research, teaching or just having a latte :)
* STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
MY LATEST RESEARCH
Heart Failure Therapy
Project Focus: Heart Failure Therapy
Heart failure afflicts over 6 million of the US population, and over 1 million new cases are reported annually. Lack of donor hearts and increasing prevalance of heart failure have led to widespread use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs). However, complications such as a high risk of stroke and formation of blood clots (emboli) continue to remain the major causes of mortality and morbidity in LVAD patients.
My research project aims at determining efficient, patient-specific LVAD implantation and management strategies for reducing stroke risk that will pave the way for long-term use of LVADs for heart failure therapy. To learn more about my research on heart failure, click on the link below...
Red blood cell modeling
Project focus: Design of cardiovascular implants
The red blood cell is a marvel of nature - it performs the vital function of transporting oxygen to all parts of the body. During its journey, it has to flow through capillaries which are less than half its size! It achieves this feat by displaying an amazing flexibility to bend and fold almost double, without much change in its surface area. Interaction between blood cells, platelets and other cells during abnormal circumstances can be harmful, such as blood clotting (thrombosis) in a mechanical heart valve. My research on developing novel methodologies to model blood at the micro scale is part of a large scale effort to improve the design and function of mechanical heart valves. For more information, click on the link below..
GUEST LECTURES AND OUTREACH
Recent Guest Lectures and other Outreach:
STEM Careers, Bellevue College, Bellevue, WA (April 2018)
Division of Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery, Care Hospitals, Hyderabad, India (Jan 2018)
Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (Feb 2017)
Judge, Technology Access Foundation (TAF) STEM Expo, Seattle, WA (Feb 2016)
Invited Speaker, University of Washington, Bothell, WA (Feb 2016)
Invited Speaker, Kinnamen Elementary Career Day, Aloha, OR (May 2015)
Invited Speaker, "Tech Talks", Sunset High School, Portland OR (April 2015)
Feel free to contact me to set up a guest lecture / workshop!