Dr. Rana Zakerzadeh joined Duquesne University in August 2019 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Her research focuses on the development and application of physics-based computational models and mathematical concepts to understand the biomechanics of biological systems. Specifically, she investigates the mechanical behavior of vocal folds and various cardiovascular disorders. Dr. Zakerzadeh is deeply committed to undergraduate education and actively involves students in her research endeavors. She has mentored numerous students on computational biomechanics projects, resulting in their recognition with research awards at both the university and national levels, as well as co-authorship in journal publications. Over her career, she has garnered several prestigious mentoring awards and grants, including a National Mentoring Award from the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) and a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the highest honor bestowed by the NSF to support junior faculty who excel in both research and education.


  • Ph.D., Computational Modeling and Simulation, University of Pittsburgh
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics

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  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Engineering Division Faculty Mentor Award (2023)
  • Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Teaching (2023)
  • Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship (2022)
  • BMED 320: Biofluid Mechanic
  • BMED 430/530: Engineering Computation I
  • BMED 490/590: Research in Biomedical Engineering