News

  • Oct 4th, 2017

    Congrats to Frederic for receiving the Honors Conference Travel Grant!

  • May 5th, 2017

    Congratulations to Ehsan and Akash for being selected as finalists in the MS paper competition at the SB3C conference!

  • April 3rd, 2017

    Congratulations to Mitra Shabani for winning the 2017 SB3C Diversity Travel Award!

  • March 22nd, 2017

    New CMERL publication explains the underlying mechanism of why steady flow blood pumps tend to out-perform pulsatile ones in single-ventricle infants. Audio slide presentation available here.

  • Dec 24th, 2016

    CMERL has just received the 2016 TIGER grant award!

  • Dec 6th, 2016

    The American Heart Association and the Children's Heart Foundation just announced the 2nd round of CHD Research Awards. CMERL's Fontan project is named as one of the 7 funded projects. Learn more here: AHA Press Release

  • Nov 10th, 2016

    Dr. Kung will be giving a talk highlighting CMERL research next Tuesday Nov 15th at 12:30pm in the lobby of Cooper Library.

  • Sep 9th, 2016

    Dr. Kung gives a seminar talk today at the University of South Carolina on the topic of applicable engineering tools in cardiovascular biomechanics.

  • Sep 7th, 2016

    Dr. Kung is now jointly appointed in the department of Bioengineering.

  • Aug 25th, 2016

    CMERL has been awarded a research grant by the Saving tiny Hearts Society to investigate a novel blood pump device for Fontan pulmonary support.

  • Aug 10th, 2016

    Welcome new lab member Mitra Shabani and undergraduate CI team members. Also welcome back John Scaringi!

  • June 28th, 2016

    Rahul and Tyler will be presenting CMERL research at the ASME SB3C conference this week.

  • May 20th, 2016

    Dr. Kung has been awarded the American Heart Association Scientist Development Grant!

  • May 16th, 2016

    Tyler will be presenting Fontan ventricular assist device computational modeling study at the BMES/FDA 2016 Frontiers in Medical Devices Conference in Washington DC on May 23-25.

  • May 10th, 2016

    CMERL will be hosting an "Underwater Instrument" station at the Artisphere festival in Greenville this weekend, come join the fun!

  • April 25th, 2016

    Dr. Kung will be presenting CMERL research at the CU Research Symposium 3pm next Wednesday May 4th at the Watt Family Innovation Center.

  • April 7th, 2016

    Congratulations to Tyler Schmidt on winning the department MS student award!

  • Mar 22th, 2016

    Congrats to Justin on winning the Clemson Educational Enrichment Travel Grant, and Elliot for winning the Honors Research Grant!

  • Jan 28th, 2016

    The Drawbot demonstration at the One Seneca STEAM event tonight was a big hit! For those of you who visited our station and are interested in learning more, here is a video of the drawbot, and a link to make your own Drawbot.

  • Jan 26th, 2016

    CMERL will be showing drawing robots to elementary school kids at the Seneca STEAM outreach event on Thursday Jan 28th 6-8pm at the Seneca High School.

  • Jan 18th, 2016

    Welcome new lab members Masoud, Justin, and Ehsan!

  • Oct 29th, 2015

    Dr. Kung will be presenting a clinical and computational study involving respiration effects on Fontan exercise at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Orlando on Nov 8th.

  • Oct 8th, 2015

    Congrats to Elliot Bailey for receiving the Calhoun Honors College Departmental Honors Research Grant Award!

  • Aug 20th, 2015

    Welcome new thesis students Akash Gupta and Elliot Bailey!

  • Mar 11th, 2015

    Dr. Kung will be giving a special presentation at the Clemson 2nd Annual Research Symposium as part of the "Spotlight on Young Faculty" at 11:15am, Thursday March 12th, Hendrix Center Ballroom.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015

    Single-ventricle simulation project from CMERL featured on the most recent ME Departmental Blog.

  • Feb 23rd, 2015

    A simulation from CMERL will be exhibited at the Science as Art Festival on Friday March 6th, in the Hendrix Center Atrium, 12pm-6pm.

  • Jan 5th, 2015

    Welcome new lab members Shriram Duraisamy, Rahul Mechoor, and Tyler Schmidt!

  • Dec 3rd, 2014

    Senior design project advised by Dr. Kung featured on the front page of The Greenville News this week.

  • Nov 12th, 2014

    There is one immediate opening for a PhD student with target start date of January 2015. See details on the Contact page.

  • Oct 4th, 2014

    The CMERL published new insights on Fontan exercise dysfunctions. Results showed that the common clinical belief of elevated pulmonary vascular resistance being the main cause of exercise intolerance may be incomplete and warrant re-consideration. See publications page.

  • Sep 24th, 2014

    Congratulations to Ramin Taheri and Fei He for being accepted into CMERL! Ramin and Fei will begin working in the lab starting in January. Welcome!

  • Sep 6th, 2014

    Dr. Kung will be presenting CMERL's computational model of Fontan exercise at the Congenital Heart Surgeons' Society meeting in Chicago on October 19.

  • Updates

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Welcome to the CMERL

The Cardiovascular Modeling & Experimentation Research Laboratory (CMERL) at Clemson University focuses on translational research which integrates experimental and computational tools to help advance cardiovascular medical devices, diagnostics, and clinical procedures. Our inter-disciplinary research involves close collaborations with clinicians and broad areas of Electrical, Biomedical, and Mechanical Engineering. The specific expertise areas of our lab include:

  • In-vitro cardiovascular flow system & sensors
  • Cardiovascular physiology & modeling
  • Computational fluid dynamics / multi-scale modeling
  • Imaging-based patient-specific investigations
  • Prototyping, design, controls & automation

We work closely with the Greenville Hospital Systems, the Medical University of South Carolina, as well as other clinicians around the world spanning from North American west coast to as far as Belgium, to align our research with current clinical needs. We also welcome industry collaborations to apply our state-of-the-art engineering tools towards cardiovascular medical device design and testing.

The ultimate goal of our research is to combine the power of engineering and medicine, improve the lives of patients with cardiovascular diseases, and have lots of fun doing this.

  • Thermal Detection Site for High-intensity Focused Ultrasound
  • Flow in Patient-specific Coronary Aneurysm Model
  • Ultrasound Imaging in Vascular Phantom
  • Particle Tracking in Fontan Surgical Junction
  • Linear Flow Resistance Module
  • Inferior Vena Cava Flow Distribution Prediction in Virtual Fontan Surgery
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Thoracic Cavity in an Infant

Mission Statement
The goal of our laboratory is to be a world leader in developing/applying/combining novel experimental and computational modeling approaches to tackle current challenges in cardiovascular medicine. The ultimate end-point is improved medical device design, treatment planning, patient outcome, and reduced healthcare costs. We will also contribute to constructing an academic research environment that has an open and collaborative atmosphere.