Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

David Bark


Office: Scott 304
Phone: 970-491-1443

Dr. David Bark

Cardiovascular Biofluid and Mechanobiology Laboratory

Assistant Professor

Mechanical Engineering

School of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Bark has been a member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering since January 2017.

He has worked 15 years in the general area of cardiovascular biofluid mechanics, where he and his group utilize experimental and computational approaches. 

As a postdoctoral fellow, he gained experience in hematology at the University of Colorado and heart valve biomechanics at Colorado State University. He also developed skills for 3 years as a Research Fellow in platelet biology at the Australian Centre for Blood Disease in Melbourne, Australia; and computational modeling of blood flow at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

He directs the Cardiovascular Biofluid and Mechanobiology Lab. 


  • 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


Research Interests

  • Blood-Contacting Medical Devices
  • Role of Mechanics in Congenital Cardiovascular Malformations
  • Platelet Mechanobiology
  • Thromboinflammatory Responses
  • Biofluids Relating the Interaction of Flow with Biological Responses

Honors and Awards

  • 2019, International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis Early Career Award
  • 2018, American Heart Association Career Development Award
  • 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