Jordi Alastruey, PhD
Group Leader
Department of Biomedical Engineering
3rd floor Lambeth Wing
St Thomas' Hospital
SE1 7EH London
United Kingdom
Research
My lab specialises in cardiovascular haemodynamics. We investigate methods to assess cardiovascular function based on the analysis of pulse wave signals, such as blood pressure and PPG waves. These signals can be measured in vivo using a variety of devices (including wearable sensors) and are influenced by the heart, the vasculature, and the respiratory and autonomic nervous systems, making them a rich source of information.

We develop novel models for simulating pulse wave signals under a variety of physiological and pathophysiological conditions, methods for calibrating these models and understanding physical mechanisms underlying their results, and signal processing techniques to support clinical decision making. My group's research is described here.

An important computational tool for our research activities is the in-house code Nektar1D, which I started developing during my PhD. Nektar1D simulates blood pressure, blood flow and luminal area waves in arterial networks using the nonlinear, one-dimensional (1D) formulation of blood flow in compliant vessels. Nektar1D has allowed us to show that fast and accurate calculation of pulse wave signals in large arteries is feasible on a standard PC.

A complete list of my journal papers can be found below. For Scopus click here, for Google Scholar here, and for ResearchGate here.
Employment and Education
09/2017 - now
Senior Lecturer at King's College London, UK
School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences
11/2013 - 08/2017
Lecturer at King's College London, UK
School of Biomedical Engineering & Imaging Sciences
08/2006 - 10/2013
British Heart Foundation (BHF) Research Fellow at Imperial College London (Department of Bioengineering) and King's College London (Department of Biomedical Engineering)
Experimental and numerical modelling of blood flow in the cardiovascular system to improve our understanding of hypertension
07/2006 - 10/2009
Post-doctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London, UK, Departments of Aeronautics and Bioengineering
Experimental and numerical modelling of blood flow in the cardiovascular system with applications to cerebral haemodynamics
02/2003 - 07/2006
PhD Thesis in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London, UK, Departments of Aeronautics and Bioengineering
Thesis: Numerical Modelling of Pulse Wave Propagation in the Cardiovascular System: Development, Validation and Clinical Applications
Supervisors: Emeritus Prof. Kim Parker, Prof. Joaquim Peiró and Prof. Spencer Sherwin
1996 - 2002
BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Publications