Hadi Mohammadi

Associate Professor

Mechanical, School of Engineering
Other Titles: Associate Member, Department of Surgery, Medicine, UBC's Vancouver Campus
Office: EME4209
Phone: 250.807.9920
Email: hadi.mohammadi@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Major: Prosthetic Heart Valves!

Mechanical Engineering:
Linear and Nonlinear Mechanical Vibrations
Linear and Nonlinear Finite Element Methods

Biomedical Engineering:
Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Articular Cartilage Mechanobiology and Osteoarthritis
Cellular and Molecular Biomechanics
Mechanical Vibrations on Human Performance

Courses & Teaching

Dynamics, APSC 181
Mechanical Vibrations, ENGR 387
Biomed Engineering, ENGR 482
Tissue Mechanics, ENGR 598
Computational Biomechanics, ENGR 597
Finite Element Methods (grad and undergrad), ENGR 492, ENGR 582


Dr. Hadi Mohammadi received his BSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (solid mechanics) and Mathematics with honors and his MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering (Biomechanics) from Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering specializing in cardiovascular engineering and biomaterials from Western University, London, ON, Canada. Upon graduation, he received two Postdoctoral fellowships, tenured at (1) Human Performance Lab in the Faculty of Kinesiology at University of Calgary, AB, Canada, where he was mainly focused on connective tissues mechanobiology and, (2) Wellman Center for Photomedicine in the Department of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, MA, United States, where he was working on mechanics of atherosclerotic plaque and its stability.

Dr. Mohammadi’s main area of research is focused on the study, design, development, and fabrication of heart valve prostheses. The Heart Valve Performance Laboratory (HVPL) at UBC’s Okanagan Campus which he established in 2013, is the only laboratory in Canada pioneering in the design and development of a new generation of prosthetic heart valves. The HVPL works closely with cardiologists and surgeons at the Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver, and the Kelowna General Hospital, Cardiothoracic Surgery Program.

Dr. Mohammadi is an industry innovator having created the technology to produce lifelike synthetic platforms that can be used for the simulation of almost all cardiovascular reconstructive surgeries. He’s been heavily involved in the design and development of medical devices and technology for the past 10 years. He is a member of the association of professional engineers in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

His motto for life is easy: 

Learn mathematics and coding for no reason, be honest, stay with your problems longer, be intuitive, and always learn the rules and play better.



PDF: Medical Biophysics (Harvard Medical School, MA, United States) and Kinesiology (University of Calgary, AB, Canada)
PhD: Biomedical Engineering (Western University, ON, Canada)
MASc: Mechanical Engineering (Sharif University of Technology, Iran)
BASc: Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics (Hons) (Sharif University of Technology, Iran)

Research Interests & Projects

The active projects at the Heart Valve Performance Laboratory (HVPL) are as follows:

Prosthetic heart valves from conceptual design to animal testing

  • Co-PI, Dr. G. Fradet, Cardiac Surgeon, Kelowna General Hospital, medicine, Vancouver Campus
  • Co-PI, Dr. A. Poostizadeh, Cardiac Surgeon, Kelowna General Hospital, medicine, Vancouver Campus
  • Co-PI, Dr. C. Wan, Cardiac Surgeon, Kelowna General Hospital, medicine, Vancouver Campus
  • Co-PI, Dr. F. Halperin, Cardiologist, Kelowna General Hospital, medicine, Vancouver Campus
  • Co-PI, Dr. J. Ye, Vancouver General Hospital  and St. Paul’s Hospital, medicine, Vancouver Campus
  • Co-PI, Dr. K. Mequanint, Professor of Biomaterials, Western University, London, ON, Canada

Absorption and isolation of low frequency and high amplitude mechanical vibration in mechanical systems and medical devices (Industrial Projects)

  • Parkinson’s disease, Hand Tremor Attenuator
  • Vibration Absorber, Industrial Applications

Soft Robotics, nanotech and the next technological leap of treating erectile dysfunction

  • Co-PI, Dr. R. Flannigan, Senior research scientist, Vancouver Prostate Center, medicine, Vancouver Campus

Micromechanical assessment of atherosclerotic plaque composition and physical properties using optical techniques 

  • Co-PI, Dr. J. Ye, Vancouver General Hospital  and St. Paul’s Hospital, medicine, Vancouver Campus

For more information please contact Dylan Goode (Lab Manager)

Graduate Students:

  • Stephen Kimanzi, PhD Student (Research Area: Vibration and Parkinson)
  • Dylan Goode, PhD Student (Research Area: Transcatheter Valves)
  • Keaton Roch, MASc Student (Research Area: Industrial Inspection)
  • Ruby Dhaliwal, MASc Student (Research Area: Air-Based Heart Simulators)
  • Luke Ohlmann, MASc Student (Research Area: Soft Robotic)
  • Brent Rustand, MASc Student (Research Area: Surgical Simulation)
  • Manthan Shah, MASc Student (Research Area: Vibration and Essential Tremor)


  • HanChuan Wang (MASc) (Research Area: Mechanical Vibration)
  • Mostafa Irannejad (PhD) @Sharif University of Technology (Research Area: Spine BioMechanics)
  • Peyman Yousefi (PhD) (Research Area: Forecast)
  • Ramsey Katul (MASc) (Research Area: Atherosclerosis)
  • Emre Kermen (MASc) (Research Area: Orthotics)
  • Arpin Bhullar (MASc) (Research Area: Mechanical Valves)
  • Dylan Goode (MASc) (Research Area: Transcatheter Valves)
  • Mehdi Masoumi (MASc) (Research Area: Parkinson)
  • Mehrdad Zareh (MASc) (Research Area: Atherosclerosis)
  • Nivedita Mahesh (MASc)  (Research Area: Orthopedics)
  • Mehdi Jahandardoost (PhD Student) (Research Area: Mechanical Valves)
  • Dr. Fatemeh Alavi (Postdoctoral) (Research Area: Spine BioMechanics)
  • Dr. Raghad Mimar (Postdoctoral) (Research Area: Orthotics)
  • Dr. Azedeh Hashemi (Postdoctoral) (Research Area: Cartilage Biomaterials)

Selected Publications & Presentations


Selected Grants & Awards

  • University of British Columbia
  • NSERC – Discovery Grant Program
  • NSERC – ENGAGE Program
  • Mitacs Accelerate Program

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees




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