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Dr. Guccione studies the role of stem cell transplantation on the biophysics of cardiac function and the use of mechanical engineering principles in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease. He is Co-director of the SFVAMC Cardiac Biomechanics Laboratory, which uses a combination of mathematical modeling and animal experiments to determine the effect of cardiac surgery on left ventricular function and remodeling. He is also a Core member of the UCB/UCSF Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. Current projects involve testing and validating a software tool for determining myocardial material properties in-vivo from cardiac catheterization and magnetic resonance imaging, and determining the effects of three different surgical treatments on function and regional mechanics in sheep.
Researchers are working on a system that could show surgeons the results of an operation without their ever lifting a scalpel.