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Dr. Ethan Kung

Assistant Professor

Office: 231 Fluor Daniel Building
Phone: (864) 656-5623
Fax: (864) 656-4435

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Ethan Kung joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering in August 2014 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Kung’s research is highly inter-disciplinary and integrates experimental, computational, and clinical aspects of cardiovascular biomechanics, striving for close collaborations with clinicians and clinical translation. Dr. Kung obtained his PhD and MS degrees in Bioengineering from Stanford University, and BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University. He was awarded the American Heart Association postdoctoral fellowship and conducted the relevant research in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Kung is a reviewer for leading journals in his field, including the American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Biomechanics, and Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology. His expertise ranges from cardiovascular physiology, CFD modeling, medical imaging, to in-vitro experimentation, and his work encompasses a fun conglomeration of different areas of engineering and medicine.


PhD, Stanford University, 2010
MS, Stanford University, 2006
BS, Queen’s University, 2003

Research Interests

Computational modeling of the cardiovascular system, experimental mock flow circuits, image-based computational fluid dynamics, surgical design/planning/prediction, medical device testing, pediatric & congenital heart diseases, exercise physiology.

Selected Publications 

Kung E, Taylor C, “Development of a Physical Windkessel Module to Re-Create In Vivo Vascular Flow Impedance for In Vitro Experiments.” Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology. 2011; 2(1): 2-14.

Kung E, Les AS, Medina F, Wicker RB, McConnell MV, Taylor CA, “In vitro validation of finite-element model of AAA hemodynamics incorporating realistic outlet boundary conditions.” J Biomech Eng. 2011; 133(4): 041003.

Kung E, Les A, Figueroa CA, Medina F, Arcaute K, Wicker R, McConnell M, Taylor C, “In Vitro Validation of Finite Element Analysis of Blood Flow in Deformable Models.” Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2011; 39(7): 1947-1960.

Corsini C, Baker C, Kung E, Schievano S, Arbia G, Baretta A, Biglino G, Migliavacca F, Dubini G, Pennati G, Marsden A, Vignon-Clementel I, Taylor A, Hsia TY, Dorfman A, MOCHA Investigators, “An integrated approach to patient-specific predictive modeling for single ventricle heart palliation.” Comput Methods Biomech Biomed Engin. Jan 23 2013, available online, DOI: 10.1080/10255842.2012.758254

Kung E, Baretta A, Baker C, Arbia G, Biglino G, Corsini C, Schievano S, Vignon-Clementel IE, Dubini G, Pennati G, Taylor A, Dorfman A, Hlavacek AM, Marsden AL, Hsia T-Y, Migliavacca F, “Predictive modeling of the virtual Hemi-Fontan operation for second stage single ventricle palliation: Two patient-specific cases.” Journal of Biomechanics. 2013; 46(2): 423-429.

Lee J, Moghadam ME, Kung E, Cao H, Beebe T, Miller Y, Roman BL, Lien C-L, Chi NC, Marsden AL, “Moving Domain Computational Fluid Dynamics to Interface with an Embryonic Model of Cardiac Morphogenesis.” PloS one. 2013; 8(8): e72924

Kung E, Pennati G, Migliavacca F, Hsia TY, Figliola R, Marsden A, Giardini A, MOCHA Investigators, “A Simulation Protocol For Exercise Physiology In Fontan Patients Using A Closed-Loop Lumped-Parameter Model.” Journal of Biomechanical Engineering. 2014; 136(8): 081007

Sengupta D, Kahn AM, Kung E, Moghadam ME, Shirinsky O, Lyskina GA, Burns JC, Marsden AL, “Thrombotic risk stratification using computational modeling in patients with coronary artery aneurysms following Kawasaki disease.” Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. 2014; DOI: 10.1007/s10237-014-0570-z

Kung E, Kahn AM, Burns JC, Marsden A, “In-vitro Validation of Patient-Specific Hemodynamic Simulations in Coronary Aneurysms Caused by Kawasaki Disease.” Cardio Eng and Tech. 2014; 5(2): 189-201.

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