Prashant Jha

Prashant is currently working as a Research Associate with Dr. J. T. Oden at the Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in August 2016. He then worked as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Department of Mathematics, Louisiana State University. His current work includes developing models of tumor growth and recovery of model parameters from the imaging data. Of particular interest is the angiogenesis in the tumor growth, where new blood vessels are formed (and destroyed) in response to various signals from the nutrient-starved tumor cells. The model in development consists of a 1D network of blood vessels embedded in the tissue domain. This work is done in collaboration with researchers at the Technical University of Munich. With Dr. Fuentes at MD Anderson Cancer Center, we are improving signal recovery using a high-fidelity model that accounts for vasculature for Hyperpolarized (HP) MRI. With CCO experts, we are applying the vascular tumor growth model to breast cancer for patient-specific forecasting.