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Niema Pahlevan

Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair in Engineering and Associate Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Medicine


  • 2013, Doctoral Degree, Bioengineering, California Institute of Technology
  • 2007, Master's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, California State University - Northdridge
  • 2001, Bachelor's Degree, Mechanical Engineering, University of Tehran


Dr. Pahlevan joined USC as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2017. In August 2017 he was also appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Pahlevan was James Boswell postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and clinical research investigator at Huntington Medical Research Institutes (HMRI). Dr. Pahlevan received B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Tehran, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Northridge, and PhD in Bioengineering from Caltech in 2013. He is the recipient of NSF CAREER Award and American Heart Association Career Development Award. In 2022, he was appointed the holder of the Gordon S. Marshall Early Career Chair in Engineering.

Research Summary

Dr. Pahlevan's projects are interconnected through the underlying physics of fluid/structure interaction and have potential applications in diagnostics and treatment.

Research interests:
• Biofluid Dynamics
• Fluid-Structure Interaction
• Cardiovascular MRI
• 3D Quantitative Flow Visualization
• Hemodynamics
• Cardiovascular Devices
• Bio-inspired Design
• Time-Frequency Analysis
• Mathematical Physiology
• Physics of Fluids in Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Diseases

Clinical applications:
• Heart Failure
• Myocardial Infarction
• Heart Valve Diseases
• Aortic Diseases
• Dementia and Alzheimer's disease
• Hemorrhagic Shock
• Coronary Artery Diseases
• Preeclampsia
• Septic Shock
• Insulin Resistance and Diabetes
• Sport Medicine: sudden cardiac death, traumatic brain injury, cardiac overtraining


  • 2022 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2022 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Research Award
  • 2021 American Heart Association Career Development Award
  • 2014 American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
  • 2014 Huntington Medical Research Institute James Boswell Postdoctoral Award
  • 2013 GALCIT, California Institute of Technology The Hans G. Hornung Prize
  • 2012 American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
  • 2007 Mechanical Engineering Department, California State University Northridge Distinguished Graduate Student of the Year
  • 2006 Boeing, California State University Northridge Boeing Annual Scholarship Award
  • Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • MCB 470
  • Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience
  • 1002 West Childs Way
  • USC Mail Code: 1453
Contact Information
  • (213) 740-7182