Prof. Vartan Kurtcuoglu

Academic Degree(s)





Current Position

  • Assistant Professor of Computational and Experimental Physiology, Institute of Physiology, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Professional Experience

  • ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Affiliated Professor, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, December 2012–current
  • ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland. Group Leader, Biofluidics, July 2006–August 2012
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Visiting Scientist in Medicine, January 2011–July 2011

Education & Training

  • Doctoral Studies at ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, October 2002–June 2006
  • Diploma Thesis at French National Centre of Scientific Research, PROMES      , Odeillo, France, April 2002–June 2002
  • Mechanical Engineering Studies at ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, October 1997–July 2002



  • Moriz und Elsa von Kuffner Foundation Scholarship, Switzerland
  • Zeugner Award, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Research Grants

  • Quantification of amino acid transporter interaction through system identification., Grant Nr. 51PH-0_150400
  • High-resolution 3D functional anatomy database of the kidney. Swiss National Science Foundation, Grant Nr. 205321_153523
  • Control of intracranial dynamics by mechanosensing neurons. Swiss National Science Foundation, Grant Nr. 20021_147193
  • The role of the GABAergic system in the pathogenesis of hydrocephalus. Novartis Foundation for Medical-Biological Research
  • SmartShunt –The Hydrocephalus Project. Swiss National Science Foundation, Grant Nr. K-32K1_120531


Committee & Membership

  • Chairman and Founding Member of the International Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics Society
  • Member of the Executive Committee and Founding Member of the International Hydrocephalus Imaging Working Group
  • Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network


Selected Publication

  • M. Taslimifar, S. Buoso, F. Verrey, V. Kurtcuoglu. Functional polarity of microvascular brain endothelial cells supported by neurovascular unit computational model of large neutral amino acid homeostasis. Frontiers in Physiology, 9(171), 1 - 14 (2018).
  • M. Asgari, D. A. de Zélicourt, V. Kurtcuoglu. Barrier dysfunction or drainage reduction: differentiating causes of CSF protein increase. Fluids and Barriers of the CNS, 14, 14 (2017).
  • M. Asgari, D. A. de Zélicourt, V. Kurtcuoglu. Glymphatic solute transport does not require bulk flow. Scientific Reports, 6, 38635 (2016).
  • M. Asgari, D. A. de Zélicourt, V. Kurtcuoglu. How astrocyte networks may contribute to cerebral metabolite clearance. Scientific Reports, 5, 15024 (2015).
  • B. Siyahhan, V. Knobloch, D. de Zélicourt, M. Asgari, M. Schmid Daners, D. Poulikakos, V. Kurtcuoglu. Flow induced by ependymal cilia dominates near-wall cerebrospinal fluid dynamics in the lateral ventricles. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11, 20131189 (2014).
  • V. Kurtcuoglu, I. Zanette, T. Saxer, B. Müller. Complementary X-ray tomography techniques for histology-validated 3D imaging of soft and hard tissues using plaque-containing blood vessels as examples. Nature Protocols 9, 1401 – 1415 (2014).
  • V. Knobloch, C. Binter, V. Kurtcuoglu, S. Kozerke. Arterial, venous, and cerebrospinal fluid flow: Simultaneous assessment with Bayesian multipoint velocity-encoded MR Imaging. Radiology, 270(2), 566 - 573 (2014).
  • S. Bottan, M. Schmid Daners, D. de Zelicourt, N. Fellner, D. Poulikakos, V. Kurtcuoglu, Assessment of intracranial dynamics in hydrocephalus: effects of viscoelasticity on the outcome of infusion tests. Journal of Neurosurgery, 119(6), 1511 - 1519 (2013).
  • F. Orsenigo, C. Giampietro, A. Ferrari, M. Corada, A. Galaup, S. Sigismund, G. Ristagno , G.Y. Koh, D. Franco, V. Kurtcuoglu, D. Poulikakos, P. Baluk, D. McDonald, M.G. Lampugnani, E. Dejana. Phosphorylation of VE-cadherin in vivo is modulated by hemodynamic conditions but is insufficient to increase vascular permeability. Nature Communications, 3, 1208 (2012).
  • W. Wiedemair, Z. Tukovic, H. Jasak, D. Poulikakos, V. Kurtcuoglu. On ultrasound-induced microbubble oscillation in a capillary blood vessel and its implications for the blood–brain barrier. Physics in Medicine and Biology 57, 1019-1045 (2012).