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Robin Shandas, PhD

Professor & Chair - Bioengineering

Contact Information

Telephone: 303-724-4196

Research Focus

Novel Methods for Translational Bioengineering

Dr. Shandas has a long history of developing novel methods for translational bioengineering. In medical ultrasonics, he pioneered the Echo PIV technique, an opaque flow velocimetry technique for measuring details of cardiovascular blood flow through high frame rate ultrasound imaging coupled with contrast backscatter. In cardiovascular biomechanics, he studies the effect of vascular mechanical changes on pulmonary hypertension in children. He also has an emerging research program around next-generation medical polymers including shape memory polymers for medical devices. Dr. Shandas has started-up 4 companies and is actively involved in mentoring graduate students, medical fellows, and junior faculty.

  • Shape memory polymers for next-generation minimally invasive biomedical devices (biomedical devices and design, materials)
  • Understanding progression of pulmonary hypertension in children (soft-tissue biomechanics, fluid dynamics, imaging)
  • Hemodynamic vascular profiling using echo particle image velocimetry (medical ultrasonics, fluid dynamics, imaging)
  • Starting up biomedical device companies
  1. In vitro and preliminary in vivo validation of echo particle image velocimetry in carotid vascular imaging. Zhang F, Lanning C, Mazzaro L, Barker AJ, Gates PE, Strain WD, Fulford J, Gosling OE, Shore AC, Bellenger NG, Rech B, Chen J, Chen J, Shandas R. Ultrasound Med Biol. 2011 Mar;37(3):450-64.
  2. Photopolymerized Thiol-Ene Systems as Shape Memory Polymers. Nair DP, Cramer NB, Scott TF, Bowman CN, Shandas R. Polymer (Guildf). 2010 Sep 3;51(19):4383-4389.
  3. Nucleus replacement device failure: a case report and biomechanical study. Lindley EM, Jaafar S, Noshchenko A, Baldini T, Nair DP, Shandas R, Burger EL, Patel VV. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2010 Oct 15;35(22):E1241-7.
  4. Measurement uncertainty in pulmonary vascular input impedance and characteristic impedance estimated from pulsed-wave Doppler ultrasound and pressure: clinical studies on 57 pediatric patients. Tian L, Hunter KS, Kirby KS, Ivy DD, Shandas R. Physiol Meas. 2010 Jun;31(6):729-48. Epub 2010 Apr 22.
  5. In vivo measurement of proximal pulmonary artery elastic modulus in the neonatal calf model of pulmonary hypertension: development and ex vivo validation. Hunter KS, Albietz JA, Lee PF, Lanning CJ, Lammers SR, Hofmeister SH, Kao PH, Qi HJ, Stenmark KR, Shandas R. J Appl Physiol. 2010 Apr;108(4):968-75. Epub 2010 Jan 21.

California Institute of Technology. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. 1993-1994. Fluid Dynamics.
University of California, San Diego. PhD. 1993. Biomedical Engineering.
University of California, San Diego. MSc. 1991. Biomedical Engineering.
University of California, Santa Barbara. BSEE. 1987. Electrical Engineering.