Xiaoxin KanI am a final year PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering. My research focuses on numerical simulation of the thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) procedure in treating aortic diseases. This virtual stent-graft deploy model has included most of current available commercial stent-graft devices and patient data from two clinical centres. This model will be further explored and developed as pre-surgical planning tool in future.

I completed my undergraduate study in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics at Fudan University (Shanghai, China), where I started my journey in study biomechanical problems in aortic diseases. This was followed by my study with MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Southampton University with research topic in fluid and structure simulation of aortic valve. The following year I worked as numerical simulation engineering and research and design engineer for Microport and Medtronic respectively, where I gained a lot of experience in medical device related simulation.

October 2017 - Present

PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

March - August 2017

Research & Technology Intern

Medtronic Shanghai Innovation Centre (MSIC), Medtronic, Shanghai, China 

October 2016 - March 2017

Research & Design Engineer

Numerical Simulation Centre, Microport Scientific Co. Shanghai, China

2015 - 2016

MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Advanced Mechanical Engineering Science)

University of Southampton, UK

2014 - 2015

Research Assistant

Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Fudan University.

2010 - 2014

BSc in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

Department of Mechanical Engineering Science, Fudan University, China

Research Interests

My research interests include the numerical simulation of aortic diseases and the intervention procedures. My current research focuses on the virtual stent-graft deployment model in aortic dissection patients aiming to develop it as a pre-surgical planning tool in the future.

Project Title

"Predicting stent induced new entry evolution in patient-specific Stanford B aortic dissection model". 


Prof Xiao Yun Xu

Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, UK

Funding and Awards 

  • Fully funded PhD scholarship awarded by the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Contact Details


ACEX 1M17, Department of Chemical Engineering

Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus

London, SW7 2AZ, UK


+44 (0)207 594 2562