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Dasi receives $3M grant from the National institute of Health

Dr. Prasad DasiDr. Prasad Dasi, Associate Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) was awarded a National institute of Health (NIH) R01 grant titled “Superhydrophobic Heart Value Prosthesis”. This four-year grant is for $3M and runs from August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2021.

The research team is led by Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Dasi, who is a well trained young investigator with expertise in heart valve engineering and cardiovascular biomechanics, and inventor of several heart valve technologies including VGs and novel biomolecule polymer leaflets. Multi-PIs are Dr. Kota, Assistant Professor Colorado State University (CSU), who is an established superhydrophobic materials expert; Dr. Popat, Associate Professor CSU, whose expertise lies in bio-compatibility and surface nano-engineering. Co-Investigators include Dr. Bark, Assistant Professor CSUDr. Crestanello MD, Professor Ohio State University, Dr. Shinoka MD, Nationwide Childrens Hospital (NCH), Dr. Brueur, NCH, and Dr. Hor, NCH, who form an experienced team with expertise in in-vivo models, platelet biology, surgery, and imaging. 

Dr.Dasi and his team have developed a bileaflet mechanical heart valve (BMHV) with VGs that drastically improve surface hemocompatibility as well as eliminate turbulent stresses, thus reducing platelet activation. 

Congratulations Dr. Dasi!