Dr. David Bark

David Bark is a mechanical engineer at his core, but has been drawn to fundamental biological questions focused on the cardiovascular system. He is an avid home brewer and mountaineer in his free time, i.e. once-a-year.

Dr. Bark is currently an Associate Professor. He is the Chair of the Biorheology Scientific Standardization Committee of the International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), with goals of bringing fluids to the ISTH community in a digestible form. 

He is a recipient of the American Heart Association (AHA) Career Development Award from the American Heart Association and the National Institutes of Health (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship.

He completed his PhD in bioengineering and MS in mechanical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and completed his BS in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. Initial plans were to enter the medical device industry, but he was drawn into research questions in hemostasis and thrombosis. This brought him to his postgraduate experience, which included research fellow positions at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand where he developed computational models of blood flow, and the Australian Centre for Blood Diseases at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia where he delved deep into experimental platelet biology; and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University where he focused on heart valves.

In 2017, Dr. Bark joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University as an assistant professor. In 2020, he moved to his current position in Pediatric Hematology Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine.

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