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Chris Bertram
  Professorial Research Fellow
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Faculty of Science
University of Sydney
email:  c.bertram@sydney.edu.au
fax:  +61-2-9351-4534
phone:   +61-2-9351-3646
mail:  Professor C.D. Bertram
School of Mathematics and Statistics
Carslaw Building (F07)
University of Sydney
New South Wales
Australia 2006


B.A. (Hons) in Engineering Science, Oxford University, 1971

D.Phil. in Cardiovascular Mechanics, Oxford University, 1975

M.A. in Engineering Science, Oxford University, 1977


Johns Hopkins University, Postdoctoral Fellow, 1975 - 1976, Research Assistant, 1976 - 1977.

Cambridge University, Research Associate, 1977 - 1980.

University of New South Wales, Lecturer, 1980 - 1985. Senior Lecturer, 1985 - 1990. Associate Professor, 1991 - 2009. Honorary Visiting Fellow, 2009 - 2010.

University of Sydney, Honorary Associate, 2010 - 2014. Honorary Associate Professor, 2015 - 2020. Professorial Research Fellow, 2020 -

Visiting Appointments:

Cambridge University, SERC Visiting Fellow, Dec. 1986 - Aug. 1987
Université Paris Val-de-Marne, Visiting Scholar, May - Jul. 1987
Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Jan. 1991
Georgia Institute of Technology, Adjunct Faculty, Mar. - Jun. 1992
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Invited Professor, May - Jun. 1994
Thermo-Fluids Engineering Research Centre, City University, London, Nov. - Dec. 1994
Dept. of Mech. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Apr. - May 1998
University of Illinois at Chicago, and Argonne National Laboratory, May - Jun. 1998
Fakultät für Physik, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany, Apr. - Jun. 2001
Dept. of Bioengineering, University of California at San Diego, Nov. - Dec. 2001
Texas A&M University, Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty, Aug. 2009 -
Laboratoire d'Hydrodynamique, Ecole Polytechnique, France, Sep. 2010 - Aug. 2011

Professional Societies:

Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Australia
Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales


David Dewhurst Award of the Biomedical College of The Institution of Engineers, Australia for 2018

Teaching Areas:

Medical Instrumentation, Medical Imaging, Biomechanics, Dynamics of the Cardiovascular System, Physiological Fluid Mechanics, Biological Signal Analysis, Biomedical Practical Measurement

Research Interests:

Lymphatic System
Numerical modelling of lymph transport. Lymphatic valves. Vascular muscle cell pace-making.
Cerebrospinal Fluid Mechanics
Aetiology of syringomyelia.
Vascular Dynamics
Pulse wave propagation and dissipation. Vascular visco-elasticity.
Flow in Collapsed Tubes
Basic mechanics of self-excited oscillation. Applications to sphygmomanometry and microfiltration. Particle image velocimetry.
Nonlinear Dynamics
Analysis of aperiodic time series. Application to experimental systems. Separating noise and chaos.
Cardiac Assist
Laser velocimetry and numerical modelling of flow in ventricular assist devices. Muscle-powered pumping. Fluid-structure interactions.
Ultrasound: transit-time distance measurement and FM-CW pulse-echo. Volume flow measurement by transit-time ultrasonics and by electro-magnetic induction. Area measurement by single-turn transformer secondary and by conductimetric catheter. Cardiac right ventricular volume measurement by conductimetry.


Listed as an academic in the top two percent in their field, in a Stanford University study published by Elsevier in November 2022, based on a snapshot of data sourced from Scopus.

Selected Publications:

For a full list, see Google Scholar Citations.

Loth, F., Fischer, P.F., Arslan, N., Bertram, C.D., Lee, S.E., Royston, T.J., Song, R.-H., Shaalan, W.E. and Bassiouny, H.S. (2003) Transitional flow at the venous anastomosis of an arteriovenous graft: potential activation of the ERK1/2 mechanotransduction pathway. ASME J. Biomech. Eng. 125(1), 49-61.

Bertram, C.D. (2004) Flow phenomena in floppy tubes (review). Contemporary Phys. 45(1), 45-60.

Bertram, C.D. (2005) Measurement for implantable rotary blood pumps (review). Physiol. Meas. 26, R99-R117.

Wang, W., Bertram, C.D. and Wiley, D.E. (2007) Effects of collapsible-tube-induced pulsation vigour on membrane filtration performance. J. Membrane Sci. 288, 298-306.

Truong, N.K. and Bertram, C.D. (2009) The flow field downstream of a collapsible tube during oscillation onset. Commun. Numer. Meth. Engng. 25(5), 405-428, DOI 10.1002/cnm.1226.

Bertram, C.D. (2010) Evaluation by fluid/structure-interaction spinal-cord simulation of the effects of subarachnoid-space stenosis on an adjacent syrinx. ASME J. Biomech. Eng. 132(6), 061009 (15 pp.), DOI 10.1115/1.4001165.

Elliott, N.S.J., Bertram, C.D., Martin, B.A. and Brodbelt, A.R. (2013) Syringomyelia: a review of the biomechanics. J. Fluids Struct. 40, 1-24, DOI 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2013.01.010.

Bertram, C.D., Macaskill, C., Davis, M.J. and Moore, J.E. jr. (2014) Development of a model of a multi-lymphangion lymphatic vessel incorporating realistic and measured parameter values. Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol. 13(2), 401-416, DOI 10.1007/s10237-013-0505-0.

Heil, M. and Bertram, C.D. (2016) A poroelastic fluid-structure interaction model of syringomyelia. J. Fluid Mech. 809, 360-389, DOI 10.1017/jfm.2016.669.

Moore, J.E. jr. and Bertram, C.D. (2018) Lymphatic system flows (review). Annu. Rev. Fluid Mech. 50, 459-482, DOI 10.1146/annurev-fluid-122316-045259.

Bertram, C.D. (2020) Modelling secondary lymphatic valves with a flexible vessel wall: how geometry and material properties combine to provide function. Biomech. Model. Mechanobiol. 19(6), 2081-2098, DOI 10.1007/s10237-020-01325-4.

Hancock, E.J., Zawieja, S.D., Macaskill, C., Davis, M.J. and Bertram, C.D. (2023) A dual-clock-driven model of lymphatic muscle cell pace-making to emulate knock-out of Ano1 or IP3R. J. Gen. Physiol. 155(12), e202313355 (18 pages), DOI: 10.1085/jgp.202313355.

Professional Interests:

Editorial Board, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Associate Editor, Journal of Fluids and Structures, 2004 - 2014
Member of the World Council of Biomechanics, 1993 - 2010
Advisory committee, 9th Biofluid Mechanics & Vascular Mechano-Biology Symposium, Tucson AZ, 13-16 February 2020.


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