Research and Publications


The main focus of her research has been diseases of the aorta and aortic valve. In particular studying the causes of aneurysms, including those in patients with connective tissue disease, diseases of the aorta related to bicuspid aortic valve and minimally invasive aortic valve replacement.

She has up to seven full time research fellows who work under her direct supervision aiming for higher research degrees (MD Res and PhD). Some of the research areas include:

  • Computational flow dynamics and abnormal flow in assessment of aortic aneurysm.
  • Genetic causes of aortic valve and diseases of the aorta.
  • Proteomic analysis of causes of aneurysm formation.
  • Neurological function and neurocognition during and following cardiac surgery.
  • Role of stem cells in the development of coronary artery disease.

She is a frequent invited speaker at national and international conferences. Marjan Jahangiri is the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles and published abstracts. She is on the regular review board of several national and international academic journals.

The Research and the Clinical Team has been awarded several national and international prizes from the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, The Society of Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland, The American Associations of Thoracic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Through the hard work of her trainees, their group has been awarded the following in recent years:

  • 2018. Aortic Medal. Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland
  • 2017. Aortic Medal. Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland
  • 2017. Ronald Edwards Medal. Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland
  • 2017. Bronze Medal for Research. American Association for Thoracic Surgery
  • 2016. Aortic Medal. Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland
  • 2015. Walton Lillehei Prize for Research Excellence. European Association for Cardiothroacic Surgery.
  • 2015. Ronald Edwards Medal. Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of GB & Ireland

Research applications for fellowship can be made to Mrs. Nicole Radford, email:

Selected Publications

For full list of publication, please see PubMed.

Co-editor (Marjan Jahangiri, Norman Briffa, Catherine Otto), BMJ Heart Supplement, TAVI vs SAVR: How far has the pendulum swung? March 2019, 105,s2.

This supplement summarises the current practice on the management of aortic valve disease, including minimally invasive and transcatheter topics.

Acharya M, Youssefi P, Soppa G, Valencia O, Nowell J, Kanagasaby R, Edsell M, Morgan R, Tome M, Jahangiri M. Analysis of aortic area/height ratio in patients with thoracic aortic aneurysm and type A dissection. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2018;1:696-701.

Bilkhu R, Youssefi P, Soppa G, Theodoropoulos P, Phillips S, Liban b, Child A, Tome M, Nowell J, Sharma R, Edsell M, Jahangiri M. Fate of aortic arch following surgery on aortic root and ascending aorta in bicuspid aortic valve. Ann Thorac Surg 2018; 106:771-776.

Diab M, Bilkhu R, Soppa G, Edsell M, Fletcher N, Heinerg J, Royse C, Jahangiri M.
The impact of prolonged intensive care stay on quality of life, recovery and clinical outcomes following cardiac surgery: prospective cohort study. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2018;156:1906-15. This article was chosen by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery in 2019 as one of the ten papers which have contributed most to the field.

Edlin J, Youssefi P, Figueroa CA, Morgan R, Nowell J, Jahangiri M.
Haemodynamic assessment of bicuspid aortic valve aortopathy: a systematic review of the current literature. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2018.

Youssefi P, Gomez A, He T, Anderson L, Bunce N, Sharma R, Figueroa CA, Jahangiri M. Patient-specific computational fluid dynamics-assessment of aortic hemodynamics in a spectrum of aortic valve pathologies. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017;153:8-20. This article defines a new model for assessing and predicting aortic aneurysms.

Youssefi P, Sharma R, Figueroa CA, Jahangiri M. Invited Review. Functional assessment of thoracic aortic aneurysms – the future of risk prediction? Br Med Bull 2017;12:61-71.

Bilkhu R, Youssefi P, Soppa G, Sharma R, Child A, Edsell M, van Besouw JP, Jahangiri M. Aortic Root Surgery: Does High Surgical Volume and a Consistent Perioperative Approach Improve Outcome? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2016;28:302-309. This article was accompanied by an invited editorial, titled: ‘Cut Well, Sew Well, Do Well … And do it often’. Girardi LN.

Lynch M, Barallobre-Barreiro J, Mayr , Jahangiri M. Vascular proteomics in metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. J Intern Med. 2016; 280: 325–338.

Barallobre-Barreiro J, Gupta SK, Zoccarato A, Kitazume-Taneike R, Fava M, Yin X, Werner T, Hirt MN, Zampetaki A, Viviano A, Chong M, Bern M, Kourliouros A, Domenech N, Willeit P, Shah AM, Jahangiri M, Schaefer L, Fischer JW, Iozzo RV, Viner R, Thum T, Heineke J, Kichler A, Otsu K, Mayr M. Glycoproteomics reveals Decorin peptides with anti-myostatin activity in human atrial fibrillation. Circulation 2016;134:817-32.

Smelt JL, Phillips S, Hamilton C, Fricker P, Spray D, Nowell JL, Jahangiri M. Simulator Teaching of cardiopulmonary bypass complications: A prospective, randomised Study. J Surg Educ 2016;73:1026-1031.

Jahangiri M, Bilkhu R, Borger M, Falk V, Helleman I, Leigh B, Mack M, Quintana E, Sousa Uva M, Westaby S, Pomar JL. The value of surgeon-specific outcome data. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2016;50:196-200.

Steptoe A, Poole L, Ronaldson A, Kidd T, Leigh E, Jahangiri M. Depression one year after CABG is predicted by acute inflammatory responses. J Am Coll Cardiol 2015;65:1710-1.

Smelt J, Soppa G, Nowell JL, Barnard S, Jahangiri M. A Survey of Cardiothoracic Surgical Training in the United Kingdom: Realities of a 6-Year integrated training program. Ann Thorac Surg 2015;100:2314-9.

Alassar A, Soppa G, Edsell M, Rich P, Roy D, Chis Ster I, Joyce R, Valencia O, Barrick T, Howe F, Moat N, Morris R, Markus HS, Jahangiri M. Incidence and mechanisms of cerebral ischemia after transcatheter aortic valve implantation compared with surgical aortic valve replacement. Ann Thorac Surg 2015;99:802-8.

Yates MT, Soppa G, Smelt J, Fletcher N, van Besouw JP, Thilaganathan B, Jahangiri M. Perioperative management and outcomes of aortic surgery during pregnancy. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2015;149:607-10.