I am an Early Stage Researcher (ITN H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie) in the MUSICA (http://www.musica2020.eu/) project and PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
I completed my BSc and MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy) in 2012 and 2015, respectively, with a master thesis project in which I developed a platform for the analysis of 4D flow MRI data for the evaluation of the fluid-dynamic alterations induced in the ascending aorta by the bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) disease.
My research focuses on the study of the impact of different replacement procedures of the aortic valve on the aortic hemodynamic and in particular on the patient-specific assessment of the fluid-dynamic performance of TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implantation).
|September 2015 - Present||
Early Stage Researcher in MUSICA and PhD student in Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London
MSc in Biomedical Engineering
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
|2009 – 2012||
BSc in Biomedical Engineering
Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
My research interests include applications of computational fluid mechanics (CFD), fluid-structure interaction (FSI) and imaging techniques in the study of the cardiovascular systems, as well as analysis, design, and optimizations of cardiovascular devices.
"Patient-specific Assessment of Hemodynamic Performance of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI)."
Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK
S. Pirola, F. Piatti, F. Sturla, E.G. Caiani, E. Votta, I. Nesteruk, M. Lombardi, A. Della Corte, M.M. Bissell, A. Redaelli."Phase Contrast MRI: Development of a User-Friendly Platform for Fast-Automated Segmentation and Fluid-Dynamic Post-Processing". Computing in Cardiology 2015 (CinC 2015), Nice (France), September 6th-9th 2015.
S. Pirola, F. Sturla, E.G. Caiani, E. Votta, I. Nesteruk, M. Lombardi, A. Della Corte, M.M. Bissell, A. Redaelli.4D Flow PC-MRI for the Assessment of Bicuspid Aortic Valve Effects on the Ascending Aorta Fluid Dynamics: an Intuitive Clinically Oriented Analysis Platform. Heart Valve Society (HVS) Inaugural Scientific Meeting, Monte Carlo (Principality of Monaco), May 7th-9th 2015 (Poster Presentation).
S. Pirola, E. Opri, A. M. Bianchi, S. Marceglia. “Modelling and Implementing a Signal Persistence Manager for Shared Biosignal Storage and Processing”. XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, Seville (Spain). September 25th-28th 2013 (Oral Presentation).
S. Pirola, Z. Cheng, O.A. Jarral, D.P. O'Regan, J.R. Pepper, T. Athanasiou, X.Y. Xu 2017. "On the choice of outlet boundary conditions for patient-specific analysis of aortic flow using computational fluid dynamics." Journal of Biomechanics 2017.
F. Piatti, S. Pirola, M. Bissell, I. Nesteruk, F. Sturla, A. Della Corte, ... & E. Votta. Towards the improved quantification of in vivo abnormal wall shear stresses in BAV-affected patients from 4D-flow imaging: Benchmarking and application to real data. Journal of Biomechanics 2017, 50, 93-101.
S. Pirola, F. Piatti, F. Sturla, E.G. Caiani, E. Votta, I. Nesteruk, M. Lombardi, A. Della Corte, M.M. Bissell, A. Redaelli. “Phase Contrast MRI: Development of a User-Friendly Platform for Fast-Automated Segmentation and Fluid-Dynamic Post-Processing”. Computing in Cardiology 2015, 42:717-720
S. Pirola*, E. Opri*, A. M. Bianchi, S. Marceglia 2014."Modelling and Implementing a Signal Persistence Manager for Shared Biosignal Storage and Processing". XIII Mediterranean Conference on Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing 2013, IFMBE Proceeding,s 41, 1338-1341.
Awards and Funding
2015 - 2018: ESR04 in MUltiSectoral Integrative approaches to CArdiac care (MUSICA), fully funded PhD scholarship awarded by the ITN H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Action.
Winner (ex-aequo) of the "Mario Stefanelli" GNB prize 2015 for MSc Thesis awarded by the Italian Bioengineering Group (GNB) and the Universita'di Pavia.
Winner of the semi-finalist award of the Rosanna Degani Young Investor Award (YIA) at Computing in Cardiology 2015 (CinC2015).
Extra-Curricular Activities and Hobbies
I am a player of the Imperial College Women's Football Team. I am passionate of books, graphic novels, music, cinema and videogames. I’ve played guitar and mandolin since I was 11 years old and I've been in both a classical and a rock group, also producing a demo with our own music.
ACEX 1M17, Department of Chemical Engineering
Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus
London, SW7 2AZ, UK
+44 (0)207 594 2562