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Natali Van Zijl

Natali Van Zijl BEng MEng

DPhil Student


Natali van Zijl is a Rhodes Scholar and a DPhil Candidate at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (2018) and Master's degree in Extractive Metallurgical Engineering (2020) from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

Natali works under the supervision of Stephen Payne and Daniel Bulte, within the Biomedical Modelling group and Biomedical Image Analysis group respectively. Her research focusses on applying hybrid modelling approaches to gain new insights into cerebral blood flow control and how it can become impaired.

Research Interests

Natali’s research interests lie in combining data-driven techniques and physiological models in a hybrid approach to gain understanding of cerebral blood flow control in physiological and pathophysiological conditions. She is specifically interested in cerebral autoregulation and cerebrovascular reactivity and how they can become impaired. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of her research, Natali is always interested to hear perspectives from researchers in different fields.


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