Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

David Bark


Phone: 314-273-4709

Dr. David Bark

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Bark has served as an adjunct member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering since 2021. He performed postdoctoral research with the department from 2013-2016, then joined as faculty in 2017.

In 2020, Dr. Bark became an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Hematology and Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine.  He also serves as chair for the Biorheology Scientific and Standardization Committee of the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis.

His research interest is in the role of mechanics in hemostasis, thrombosis, thromboinflammation, and heart development. He also has a strong focus on developing diagnostic technology and blood-contacting medical devices. He supports a fun and inclusive laboratory aimed at improving health outcomes through engineering. He also enjoys teaching and working with students, especially in the area of fluid mechanics.


  • Ph.D. 2010, Georgia Institute of Technology – Bioengineering
  • M.S. 2007, Georgia Institute of Technology – Mechanical Engineering
  • B.S. 2004, University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign – Mechanical Engineering


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Research Interests

  • Biofluid mechanics
  • Medical device development
  • Hemostasis and thrombosis
  • Mechanobiology
  • Heart development
  • Heart valves

Honors and Awards

  • 2019, International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis Early Career Award
  • 2019, The Golden Screw Teaching Award
  • 2018, American Heart Association Career Development Award
  • 2016-2017, F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2015, National Institutes of Health (National Heart Lung and Blood Institute) F32 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2012, Central Clinical School Travel Grant at Monash University
  • 2005, Honeywell Bravo Bronze Award – outstanding work and advancement of company methodologies