Dr. Wahbi El-Bouri is a postdoctoral research assistant in the Cerebral Hemodynamics Group at the University of Oxford with Professor Stephen Payne.
His DPhil (PhD) thesis was in the realm of cerebral blood flow modelling, in particular with regards to drawing a link between the 'unseen', and hence clinically unmeasurable microcirculation, and the clinically measurable parameters from techniques such as MRI. His attempts at plugging this ‘imaging gap’ have continued into his postdoctoral research where he is currently involved in developing in-silico clinical trials of stroke treatment as part of an EU funded Horizon 2020 project, as well as working on methods to measure intracranial pressure non-invasively, and working on understanding the microvascular role in dementia and cognitive decline.
Outside of research Wahbi teaches undergraduate engineering at Keble college, enjoys playing football, and writes short stories in his spare time.
Wahbi's research interests are primarily related to the brain. In particular, how does the microcirculation affect blood and oxygen transport in the brain? What happens when things go wrong? Can we link what we can measure in humans e.g. MRI scans (the macro-scale) to what we cannot see (the capillaries – the micro-scale) in order to help us better understand the mechanisms of disease? These are just some of the questions Wahbi tries to answer in his research. As engineers, we are ideally positioned to use our creative problem-solving skills to tackle these sorts of interdisciplinary problems.
Wahbi currently has three main research projects/interests revolving around stroke and stroke treatment, measuring intracranial pressure non-invasively, and dementia and cognitive decline.