Amanda Randles


Amanda Randles is an American computer scientist who is the Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at Duke University. Randles has been an assistant professor of biomedical engineering and computer science at the university and works at the Duke Cancer Institute. Her research interests include biomedical simulation and high-performance computing.

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Randles at the WEF Summer Davos in 2016
Scientific career
InstitutionsDuke University
ThesisModeling Cardiovascular Hemodynamics Using the Lattice Boltzmann Method on Massively Parallel Supercomputers (2013)
Doctoral advisor

Early career and educationEdit

In high school, Randles attended the Utica Center for Math, Science, and Technology, where she learned computer programming and its applications in the sciences. She also participated in Science Olympiad and FIRST Robotics.[1]

Randles attended Duke University, where she completed a B.A. in physics and computer science in 2005. After working for three years as a software developer on the IBM Blue Gene project,[1] she went to Harvard University to earn an S.M. in computer science (2010) and a PhD in applied physics (2013)[2] advised by Efthimios Kaxiras and Hanspeter Pfister.[1] In 2011, she was awarded a Computational Science Graduate Fellowship by the Krell Institute. She subsequently completed a practicum at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory[2] and was a visiting scientist at Franziska Michor's laboratory in the Dana–Farber Cancer Institute.[1]

Academic careerEdit

Randles joined the Duke University Biomedical Engineering Department in 2015, where she is currently serving as the Alfred Winborne and Victoria Stover Mordecai Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences.[3] She has been an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, computer science, and works at the Duke Cancer Institute. Randles was also an assistant professor of mathematics from 2016 to 2019.[4]


Randles' research interests are biomedical simulation and high-performance computing; specifically, her focus is developing computational tools that can examine the behavior of different diseases, from atherosclerosis to cancer.[4] Randles and her research group have developed fluid dynamics simulation software capable of modeling blood flowing throughout a human body based on full-body CT and MRI scans, dubbed HARVEY after the physician William Harvey. Possible applications include examining how different medical interventions in cardiovascular disease impact the circulatory system and modeling the flow of singular cancer cells through the system.[5]

In 2018, Randles was one of ten researchers selected to test simulation-based projects on the Aurora exascale supercomputer in 2021, as part of the Aurora Early Science Program at the Argonne National Laboratory.[6][7] She was awarded an NSF CAREER Award in May 2020 to support her work on HARVEY.[8]

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2014, Randles was awarded the NIH Director's Early Independence Award.[9] She was named to the 2015 World Economic Forum Young Scientist List for her work on the "design of large-scale parallel applications targeting problems in physics".[10] In 2017, she was awarded the Grace Murray Hopper Award and was later named to the MIT Technology Review Innovators Under 35, both given for her work on HARVEY.[11][12]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Bagrat Grigoryan; Samantha J Paulsen; Daniel C Corbett; et al. (May 1, 2019). "Multivascular networks and functional intravascular topologies within biocompatible hydrogels". Science. 364 (6439): 458–464. doi:10.1126/SCIENCE.AAV9750. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 31048486. Wikidata Q91711085.
  • Vanessa Almendro; Yu-Kang Cheng; Amanda Randles; et al. (January 23, 2014). "Inference of tumor evolution during chemotherapy by computational modeling and in situ analysis of genetic and phenotypic cellular diversity". Cell Reports. 6 (3): 514–527. doi:10.1016/J.CELREP.2013.12.041. ISSN 2211-1247. PMC 3928845. PMID 24462293. Wikidata Q37592617.
  • D Keyes; L C McInnes; C Woodward; et al. (November 29, 2012). "Multiphysics simulations: challenges and opportunities". International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications. 27 (1): 4–83. doi:10.2172/1034263. ISSN 1094-3420. Wikidata Q58389771.
  • Randles, Amanda; Draeger, Erik W.; Oppelstrup, Tomas; Krauss, Liam; Gunnels, John A. (November 15, 2015). "Massively parallel models of the human circulatory system". SC '15: Proceedings of the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis: 1–11. doi:10.1145/2807591.2807676. ISBN 9781450337236. OSTI 1241975. S2CID 17681519.
  • Randles, Amanda Peters; Kale, Vivek; Hammond, Jeff; Gropp, William; Kaxiras, Efthimios (May 2013). "Performance Analysis of the Lattice Boltzmann Model Beyond Navier-Stokes". 2013 IEEE 27th International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing: 1063–1074. doi:10.1109/IPDPS.2013.109. ISBN 978-1-4673-6066-1. S2CID 14599817.


  1. ^ a b c d "Women @ Energy: Amanda Randles". United States Department of Energy. April 9, 2014. Archived from the original on February 15, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2021.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b "Alumni Profiles". DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. Krell Institute.
  3. ^ "Amanda Randles: Computing Complex Biological Systems". Duke Pratt School of Engineering. June 5, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Amanda Randles". Scholars@Duke. Duke University. Retrieved November 11, 2021.
  5. ^ Webb, Jonathan (March 17, 2016). "Supercomputer copies human blood flow". BBC.
  6. ^ "Randles Selected to Help Pilot First U.S. Exascale Computer". Duke Pratt School of Engineering. July 5, 2018. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  7. ^ Harbin, Julie Poucher (August 30, 2019). "Randles Preps Cancer Simulations for 2021". Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Retrieved November 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Randles Receives NSF CAREER Award to Model the Movement of Cells Through Fluid". Duke Pratt School of Engineering. May 6, 2020. Retrieved October 23, 2020.
  9. ^ Collins, Francis (November 19, 2015). "Creative Minds: Fighting Cancer with Supercomputers". NIH Director's Blog. Retrieved October 23, 2020.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  10. ^ "Meet the Class of 2015" (PDF). World Economic Forum Young Scientists. World Economic Forum.
  11. ^ "Amanda Randles". Association for Computing Machinery.
  12. ^ Regalado, Antonio (August 16, 2017). "Simulating how blood flows through each of us differently". MIT Technology Review.
  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Institutes of Health.

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