Amy L. Throckmorton, PhD

BioCirc Research Laboratory, School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, Drexel University, USA

Dr. Amy L. Throckmorton is Associate Professor and Director of the BioCirc Research Laboratory in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University. Prior to joining the Drexel faculty, she was an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering as well as B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. After working in the chemical industry, she served as a research assistant from 2000 to 2006 in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia. After receiving her Ph.D., she worked as a postdoctoral fellow on the development of blood-contacting medical devices in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She conducts research in experimental and computational fluid mechanics as related to the development of innovative treatment strategies for pediatric and adult patients suffering from heart failure. Therapeutic modalities under development augment flow and pressure in the: 1) cavopulmonary circulation (pulmonary circulatory support) in patients with single ventricle physiology, and 2) systemic circulation in patients with single ventricle or biventricular circulations as a bridge-to-recovery or transplant. This research addresses complex and unresolved hurdles in the field of congenital heart disease and mechanical circulatory support. This research combines broad expertise in engineering, pediatric cardiology, adult cardiology, congenital heart surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and medical device design and manufacturing.