Dr. Afsana Momen serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
After earning her medical degree from University of Dhaka, Dr. Momen began her career in imaging and trained in the Nuclear Medicine Department of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission. She obtained further clinical training in imaging at the Department of Nuclear Medicine, at the University Hospital, Vrije University of Brussels in Belgium under the supervision of Dr. Axel Bossuyt. She completed a two year Master’s program in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research from the same university. She wrote her thesis on myocardial perfusion and function based on nuclear imaging methodology.
Dr. Momen moved to the United States and started working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Dr. Larry Sinoway’s lab at Heart and Vascular Institute, Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Her research field focused on autonomic control of circulation during exercise, especially on renal and coronary circulation in humans in health and disease. Doppler blood flow imaging had been her main research tool. She was later appointed as an instructor at the same institution and continued her clinical research with Dr. Sinoway in the same field. In addition to performing research, she also taught medical students by facilitating problem-based learning sessions in cardiology.
Dr. Momen was awarded a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association. She was also a co-investigator in a number of other research grants including RO1 grants from the National Institutes of Health. As a part of her work, she obtained training in advanced echocardiography imaging at Dr. Ted Abraham’s lab at the Department of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland. Simultaneously she started performing research on patients during a cardiac catheterization procedure to validate noninvasive advanced echocardiography imaging against invasive imaging, under the supervision of Dr. Abraham at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Dr. Momen has published a significant number of conference abstracts and scientific articles in peer reviewed journals.
She loves listening to music, especially the sitar and violin, as well as Tagore songs and ghazals. She likes travelling to historical places as well as reading books and watching films with historical backgrounds. Outings and cooking with family and friends are also part of her leisure activities.