Miami Heart Day Symposium at FIU

Annual Heart Day Symposium

With generous support from the Department of Biomedical Engineering W. H. Coulter Lecture Series at FIU, we established the Miami Heart Month to coincide with the American Heart Month recognized nationally by the AHA, CDC, and NHLBI. For three consecutive Fridays in February, we invite renowned investigators to Miami for a series of seminars focused on cardiovascular research. The goal of the Heart Day Symposium is to gather cardiovascular researchers from across South Florida to learn from each other and discuss current research and lingering challenges in cardiovascular medicine.



Florida International University
MMC (Main) Campus

Parkview Hall, Modesto A. Maidique Campus1599 SW 113th Ave, Miami, FL 33199


8:00 am8:45 am Breakfast and Poster Setup

9:00 am10:00 am Keynote Lecture by Dr. Kartik Balachandran, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Arkansas

10:15 am – 12:00pm Poster Symposium


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch for Symposium Attendees

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Community Engagement Session with exhibits by FIU researchers, clinicians, and symposium sponsors

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Flash Talks and Discussion on Cardiovascular Research and Health

Sponsors & Participants

Made possible by the FIU BME
Wallace H. Coulter Foundation Lecture Series





Undergraduate Senior Design Project Expo

Kartik Balachandran, Ph.D.

Kartik Balachandran, Ph.D., received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National University of Singapore, and his master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. His primary expertise is in mechanobiology, mechanics, structure-function relationships, and organ-chip engineering. His research group is interested in how altered mechanics and structure contributes to the biological progression of cardiovascular, neurovascular and epithelial diseases, and how this knowledge can be utilized to develop therapeutic strategies and early disease detection strategies. His research is funded by NIH, NSF and the DoD. He joined the University of Arkansas in 2012, where he is currently Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.


Past Miami Heart Day Symposium Programs