Carol Kroeker, PhD, MSc, BSc
PhD (University of Calgary)
MSc (University of Calgary)
BSc (University of Calgary)
I started my university education with a math degree but found my interests lay in applying these math principles to living things. This led me to the area of arterial biomechanics, which then progressed into cardiac mechanics and biomedical engineering. My recent work has involved creating a finite element model (computer model) of the heart that predicts areas of compression and tension within the heart muscle. From this, we can then predict areas of the heart that may be getting reduced blood flow and be at risk of ischemia and heart attack. I am now looking at new ways to estimate and measure coronary blood flow through the heart muscle. Most of my research takes place at the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, where I hold an adjunct professorship. While I love doing research, I enjoy teaching even more. This interest led me to Ambrose, which gave me a chance to combine my faith with teaching biology. Interacting with students and sharing new ideas with them is a great way to keep the field of biology fresh for me—especially as we develop the new Biology program. We try to make the program very hands-on, with labs and case studies and lots of discussion.
Outside of the lab and classroom, my life is busy with my husband and four children. As a family, we like hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, swimming, and camping. My husband also teaches science, so we like to get out and experience biology up close!
I am currently working on several projects in the field of Cardiac Mechanics. One project is a collaborative project with University of Alberta researchers: it involves measuring ventricular torsion and comparing it to measurements using 3-D echocardiography and speckle-tracking. I am also involved in a clinical study of Wave Intensity Analysis. In a separate project, I’m using a microsphere technique to measure coronary blood flow changes under ischemic conditions, as well as with drug-induced changes. We are using the microsphere technique to evaluate the accuracy of MRI flow measurements.
Scholarly & Professional Activity
2003-present: Mentor for the Discovery Days program. I work on Career Panels, do volunteer work, and give presentations to high school students on careers in research, medicine, and teaching.
2003-present: Student mentoring programs – Operation Minerva. In this role, I serve as a mentor to Junior High Girls interested in science and lead Discovery programs.
2001-present: Volunteer Judge at the Calgary Youth Science Fair
2009-present: Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS)
2008-present: Canadian Physiology Society
2008-present: Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE)
2007-present: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
2005-present: National Association of Biology Teachers
2005-present, 1997-98: Association of Biological Laboratory Educators
2003-present: Cardiovascular System Dynamics
2003-present: American Physiological Society
2002-present: American Heart Association
2001-present: Alberta Biomedical Engineering Society
Recent Conference Presentations
N. G. Shrive, C. A. Gibbons-Kroeker, J. V. Tyberg, C. B. Frank, G. M. Thornton, S. M. Adeeb. "Modeling and Experiments to Understand Tissue Function." Ppresented in June, 2009 at the World Congress of Biomechanics.