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Pablo Huang Zhang, PhD

Research Fellow
College of Engineering



Pablo Huang Zhang, PhD, received his doctorate degree in biomedical engineering from the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University in 2018. He is currently a research fellow as a member of the Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Group (TAMG) at Drexel, where he is working on additive manufacturing initiatives and 3D/4D-printing innovation. The group's goal is to advance the development of the next generation of supportless, optimized, and functionalized additive manufacturing for biomedical applications, in addition to the management of additive manufacturing lab projects, including 3D-printing monitoring technologies and image segmentation-based orthopedic applications. He is also a project coordinator/liaison for biomedical and medical research activities.

Dr. Huang Zhang was previously a member of the research lab in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Drexel University College of Medicine, where he worked on a medical device design and prototype project that involved developing a device to modulate circulatory support-generated blood flow to better match the tortuosity of blood vessels (provisional patent pending) and utilized 3D-printing methodologies to prototype the blood modulating device. Other projects included researching computational fluid dynamic analysis of spiral flow, a mechanical heart valve study (supported in part by On-X Life Technologies), and a cavopulmonary circuit for testing fontan assist devices, which was supported by a CURE/NIH grant.


  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Drexel University, 2018
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), 2012

Research Interests

Computational modeling, 3D-printing methodologies, additive manufacturing, blood modulating devices, computational fluid dynamic analysis, mechanical heart valves, fontan assist devices, fluidic circuits, flow visualization methods, and Doppler ultrasound.


Select Publications and Presentations
  • Huang Zhang, P., Tkatch, C., Vainchtein, D., Kresh, J.Y. Aortic Hemodynamics of Spiral-Flow-Generated Mechanical Assistance. Annals of Thoracic Surgery. PMID: 31557478
  • Huang Zhang P, Tkatch C, Newman R, Grimme W, Vainchtein D, Kresh JY. The mechanics of spiral flow: Enhanced washout and transport. Artif Organs. 2019;00:1–10. PubMed PMID: 31211870

  • Huang Zhang, P., Kresh, J.Y. Circulatory Mechanotherapeutics: Moving with the Force. Current Cardiology Reports. 2018 August 22;20(10):94.

  • Huang Zhang, P., Tauscher, S., Kresh, J. Y. “Aortic Spiral Flow Dynamics: The Impact of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices”. ASAIO journal. 2018;64:60. PubMed PMID: 00002480-201805001-00001

  • Huang Zhang, P., Davies, P. F., Kresh, J. Y. “Giving it a Whirl: Spiral Flow Modulation of Mechanical Circulatory Support Devices.” 2017 BMES, Phoenix, AZ. October 11-14, 2017.

  • Kresh, J. Y., Huang Zhang, P., Eisen, H. “Functional Architecture of the Heart: Torsional Contraction and Spiral Flow.” ISHLT Links, Volume 8, Issue 8, December 2016.

  • Huang Zhang, P., Tkatch, C. D., Kresh, J. Y. “Preservation of Generated Cardiac Spiral Flow Structures Is Valve-Type Dependent.” Circulation. 2016. 2018;134:A20291

  • Throckmorton ALC, Steven G.; Birewar, Shravani N.; Joa, Terence S.; Huang, Pablo; Whitehead, Kevin K.; Stevens, Randy M.; Kresh, J. Yasha. Vortical flow characteristics of mechanical cavopulmonary assistance: Pre- and post-swirl dynamics. Technology and HealthCare. 2016;24(5):627-38.

  • Huang Zhang, P. and Kresh, J. Y. “Biologically-Inspired Spiral Laminar-Flow Generation and its Role in Cardiovascular Implantable Devices”. The Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, April 2016, Volume 35, Issue 4, S131

  • Huang Zhang PS, Dalal AR, Kresh JY, Laub GW. A Novel Technique for Experimental Flow Visualization of Mechanical Valves. ASAIO journal. 2016 Mar-Apr;62(2):133-8. PubMed PMID: 26554553.