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2015 SRE Project

Modeling the Distribution of Fluid Pressure in the Kidney

Dr. Vasileios Maroulas
Dr. Ioannis Sgouralis

Emmie Roman-Melendez (Mathematics, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez)
Mariel Bedell (Biological Sciences/Pre-Medicine, Carnegie Mellon Univ.)
Yilin Lin (Applied Mathematics, Emory Univ.)

photo. The goal of the project is to explore the relationship between arterial blood pressure and interstitial fluid pressure. We will build a simple phenomenological model of the mammalian kidney in which the various sub-organ structures are divided into four compartments: vessels, tubules, ducts, and interstitium. Mass balance and simplified pressure-volume relations will be represented within each compartment. The resulting model will incorporate a number of parameters that are not experimentally assessable. Specific statistical techniques will be utilized to make realistic estimates based on available data and to analyze the degree to which the resulting uncertainty impacts the model's behavior.


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Project group (from L): Emmie Roman-Melendez, Mathematics, Univ. of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Dr. Vasileios Maroulas, Dr. Ioannis Sgouralis, Yilin Lin, Applied Mathematics, Emory Univ., and Mariel Bedell, Biological Sciences/Pre-Medicine, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

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