Meet Research Grant Recipient: Omid Asgari, PhD

Dr. Omid Asgari is the recipient of the Austen Dunn and Fight Like Frank Chair of Research for $45,000.

BAF: Please tell us your background, where you are from, schooling, etc.

OA: Originally from Iran, I pursued my academic journey with a curiosity for understanding the complexities of medical science. I completed my Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Northern Arizona University (NAU) and am currently working as a Senior Associate Researcher at Aneuvas Technology Inc (ATI). My area of specialization lies in brain aneurysms, and I am driven by a strong passion for this field to make a positive impact on healthcare, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for individuals worldwide.

BAF: What led you to become involved with brain aneurysm research?

OA: My interest in brain aneurysm research began during my Ph.D. program, where I started designing and developing a medical device for promoting aneurysm treatment. The complexity and impact of brain aneurysms on individuals and their families motivated me to focus my research efforts on this critical field.

BAF: In the simplest terms, what is the purpose of your project?

OA: The purpose of this project is to develop an endovascular device aimed at improving the treatment of brain aneurysms. The proposed device aims to maximize the effectiveness of aneurysm treatment in both the short and long term.

BAF: In the simplest terms, what do you hope will change through your research findings?

OA: Through my research findings, I aim to bring about positive changes in patient outcomes, specifically focusing on improving treatments for brain aneurysms and potentially reducing their reoccurrence.

BAF: Why is the funding you are receiving through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation so important?

OA: The funding we are receiving through the Brain Aneurysm Foundation is essential as it allows us to conduct vital research, optimize prototypes, and accelerate progress toward advancements in brain aneurysm treatment. Without this support, achieving significant breakthroughs would be much more challenging. We are deeply grateful for BAF’s support in improving the lives of those affected by brain aneurysms.


Pictured above is Dr. Asgari’s research poster, “Development of a Novel Balloon-Mesh Device to Improve the Embolization of Aneurysms”