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Research interests

Dr. Akif Ündar’s passion is the development of novel technologies and methodologies to be used in minimizing the adverse effects of cardiovascular operations, mechanical circulatory support systems and cardiopulmonary bypass procedures in neonates, infants, and children.

In particular, Dr. Ündar focuses on translational research in minimizing cerebral, myocardial, pulmonary and renal injury during and after pediatric cardiopulmonary bypass procedures and mechanical circulatory support. His translational research specialties include pediatric heart-lung machines, pulsatile versus non-pulsatile perfusion, pediatric mechanical circulatory support systems, complement, neutrophil, platelet, and cytokine inhibition during pediatric open-heart procedures, microdevices for measuring systemic inflammation in real-time, detection and classification of microemboli, and blood viscoelasticity.

Dr. Ündar is the founder and director of Penn State Pediatric Cardiovascular Research. This multi-disciplinary project combines translational, engineering, basic science research and clinical applications with a common focus on pediatric open-heart procedures and pediatric mechanical circulatory support systems.

Dr. Ündar is also the founder and scientific chair of The International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion. The first annual meeting was held at the Hotel Hershey in 2005. Since then, there have been 13 international conferences with more than 3,250 participants from 34 countries in attendance. As a result, more than 470 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and case reports have been generated for this underserved research area. These publications have become the largest resource for the investigators of pediatric mechanical cardiovascular research around the globe.

Education/Academic qualification

Biomedical Engineering, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

… → 1996

Biomedical Engineering, MSE, University of Texas at Austin

… → 1994

Computer Science, MS, Southwest Texas State University

… → 1992

Electrical Engineering, BS, Yildiz Technical University

… → 1986

External positions

Founder and Scientific Chair, International Conference on Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Systems and Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Perfusion

Founder and President, International Society for Pediatric Mechanical Cardiopulmonary Support

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Research Output 1996 2018

Animal Models for Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support Research at Penn State Health

Izer, J., Wilson, R., Clark, J., Myers, J., Weiss, W. & Undar, A., Apr 1 2018, In : Artificial organs. 42, 4, p. 347-353 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Artificial heart
1 Citations

Effects of Pulsatile Control Algorithms for Diagonal Pump on Hemodynamic Performance and Hemolysis

Wang, S., Force, M., Moroi, M. K., Patel, S., Kunselman, A. & Undar, A., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Artificial organs.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Cardiogenic Shock
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Pulsatile flow
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Life Support Systems
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Evaluation of Hemodynamic Performance of a Combined ECLS and CRRT Circuit in Seven Positions With a Simulated Neonatal Patient

Profeta, E., Shank, K., Wang, S., O'Connor, C., Kunselman, A., Woitas, K., Myers, J. & Undar, A., Feb 1 2018, In : Artificial organs. 42, 2, p. 155-165 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
Renal Replacement Therapy
Networks (circuits)
Electron energy levels