Dr Susann Beier

Principal Investigator

Lecturer in Biofluids at UNSW

Key research interests

  • Advanced medical image analysis

  • Stent design optimisation

  • Machine learning to understand disease risk

  • Arterial computational fluid dynamics (CFD)

  • Fluid-structure interactions in stented arteries

  • Advanced 4D MRI flow


  • IEEE EMBS 2019

  • Invited Chair, European Bifurcation Club EBC, Brussel, 2018

  • European Bifurcation Club EBC, Porto, Portugal, 2017

  • European Bifurcation Club EBC, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Keynote, 2016

  • Research Bazaar ResBaz, Auckland, New Zealand, Keynote, 2016

  • Annual Meeting of the Cardiovascular Society CSANZ, Auckland, New Zealand, Keynote, 2015

  • MICCAI CVII-STENT, presentation, 2015

  • European Bifurcation Club EBC, presentation, 2015



MECH9650 Micro- and Biofluidics



  • RIS $250,000 3D printing $250,000

  • The Australian Academy of Sciences Travel Award for ECR, 2018

  • Heart Foundation Fellowship, 2017

  • Visiting Fellow, Stanford University, 2017

  • Auckland Medical Research Foundation (AMRF) Project grant $153,000 NZD, 2017

  • Auckland Academic Health Alliance (AAHA) Collaboration Fund $100,000 NZD, 2016

  • Cardiovascular Research Innovations Grant $35,000 AUD by the Cardiovascular Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2016

  • Auckland Charitable Heart Trust, Research Fellowship, 2015

  • Emerging Research of the Year Award, Runner-up, 2015

  • 3min Thesis Competition, Finalist, 2014

  • Emerging Research of the Year Award, Runner-up, 2013

  • Auckland Charitable Heart Trust, Doctoral Scholarship, 2011

  • Laval University Travel Award, 2010



Susann is originally from Germany were she received her mechanical engineering undergraduate degree with the KIT Research Center and the Cooperate State University of Baden-Wuerttemberg. After she worked at the Light Metals Research Center in Auckland, New Zealand as a Research Engineer where she soon lead national and international teams on large-scale research projects. During this time she also undertook her Research Masters in Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Auckland. Later she relocated to the Medical Faculty to undertake her PhD in Biomedical Sciences, combining her knowledge of material, fluid dynamic and biomedical sciences. Since, her focus has been engineering driven cardiovascular disease treatment and her work spans across image processing, large data analysis and computational modelling of blood flow and tissue mechanics. Susann joined UNSW as a Lecturer in January 2018 and continues to run a team in Auckland while building up her group in Australia. Susann is the Associate Editor for BioMedical Engineering Online (Impact Factor 2). She is the co-lead of the Cardiac and Vascular Health Clinical Academic Leadership Group, focusing on optimising the uptake of proven therapies. Now based at the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering and works closely with the Prince of Wales Hospital, the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and Computer Sciences.