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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

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Liang Ge, PhD

Research Scientist, Surgical Service, SFVAHCS
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Surgery, UCSF


Stress on Blood Cells and Blood Vessel Walls

Dr. Ge studies the role of blood flow on the development and treatment of a number of cardiovascular diseases, including aneurysm, stenosis, and heart valve disease. As blood flows throughout the heart and blood vessels, it constantly places mechanical forces -- pressure and friction -- on blood cells and vessel walls. Under normal conditions, there is a balance between these forces and the life cycle of the blood cells or vessel walls. Disrupted balance due to abnormal forces acting on blood cells and vessel walls could lead to cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ge has developed advanced mathematical models to study the mechanical forces acting on blood cells and vessel walls under both normal and diseased conditions. These models will help researchers to understand exactly how abnormal mechanical forces lead to cardiovascular disease.

To see Dr. Ge on Pub Med, click here.