Head of the Scientific Advisory Board

Natalia Trayanova, PhD, FHRS, FAHA, Founder and CSO, is the Murray B. Sachs Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. Her current research interests include understanding the normal and pathological electromechanical behavior of the heart, with emphasis on translation of basic science mechanistic insight into the clinical practice. Specifically, her research focuses on the mechanisms for cardiac arrhythmogenesis and defibrillation, as well as on advancements in ventricular ablation and cardiac resynchronization therapy.  Prof. Trayanova is the recipient of numerous awards, including the inaugural Marray B. Sachs Chair (2012) from Johns Hopkins University, Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award (2005) and the Outstanding Researcher Award (2002) from Tulane University, and the Fulbright Distinguished Research Award (2002). She was the Vice Chair (in 2007) and the Chair (in 2009) of the Gordon Research Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms. She has authored or coauthored extensively, and has presented papers at a large number of international meetings.


Edward J. Vigmond, PhD, received his B.A.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto, from which he also received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. in the Institute of Biomedical & Biomaterials Engineering. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Montreal and Tulane University. Presently, he is an associate professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and is Director of the Center for Bioengineering Research and Education in the Schulich School of Engineering. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, scientific computing with particular emphasis on the bidomain equations, and multiphysics, multiscale modelling of the cardiovascular system.



Gernot Plank, PhD, received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Technical University of Graz, Graz, Austria, in 1996 and 2000, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biophysics, Medical University of Graz, Graz. He is also an Academic Fellow with the Computational Biology Group, University of Oxford, Oxford, U.K. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Technical University of Valencia, Spain (2000–2002) and the University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada (2003). He was a Marie Curie Fellow with the Johns Hopkins University (2006–2008). His current research interests include computational modeling of cardiac bioelectric activity — especially numerical methods and parallel computing techniques for the cardiac bidomain, microscopic mapping of the cardiac electric field, and defibrillation.

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