PhD position in cardiac modeling

Friday 14th August 2020

Closing Date: October 31, 2020

We are looking for a PhD student to contribute to a new research project focused on multiscale modeling of heart’s electrical activity. Heart’s electrical disorders, called arrhythmia, are one of the leading causes of mortality in the world and are associated with substantial financial burden to the healthcare industry. Mechanisms of several complex inherited arrhythmia disorders are still poorly understood. We utilize highly detailed computer models of cardiac electrophysiology and MRI-derived three-dimensional anatomy to perform systematic studies that provide insights into the mechanisms of arrhythmia. Specifically, we study the mechanisms of an inherited disease called long QT syndrome (LQTS) which is associated with life threatening arrhythmias and high incidences of sudden cardiac deaths in young adults.

Detailed single-cell biophysical numerical models of cardiac myocytes and three-dimensional human heart anatomy will be utilized to study the initiation and maintenance of abnormal excitation pattens as seen in patients’ ECG recordings. The models will be developed and validated using experimental data recordings from clinical labs. The research project has potential to provide vital breakthrough in our understanding of LQTS and its possible clinical treatment. The student will have an opportunity for research internships and to work with experimental and clinical collaborators.

We are seeking a qualified graduate student with a background in Biomedical Engineering and strong programming skillset (C++, Python, MATLAB, Linux). Prior experience in cardiac modeling and simulation is a plus.

This project, which will involve research conducted by the student at Old Dominion University (ODU), in collaboration with Norfolk State University (NSU), in Norfolk VA, under co-supervision by Makarand Deo PhD of NSU and Michel Audette PhD of ODU, is funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Organization Old Dominion University
Location Norfolk, VA, USA
Title PhD position in cardiac modeling
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Date / Time 13/08/2020 16:28