Category Archives: Hot Off The Press

Review Paper – Arrhythmogenic and metabolic remodeling of failing human heart

My co-authored review paper titled – Arrhythmogenic and metabolic remodeling of failing human heart was accepted for publishing in the peer-reviewed journal – Journal of Physiology. The article will be available in print, in the May 2016 issue of the journal.

Briefly, the review focuses on the current understanding of electrophysiological and metabolic changes that occur in patients with failing hearts. The  review paper and can be accessed here.

Research Paper – Spatial Organization of Acute Myocardial Ischemia

My research paper titled – Spatial Organization of Acute Myocardial Ischemia was accepted for publishing in the peer-reviewed journal – Journal of Electrocardiology. The article will be available in print, in the May 2016 issue of the journal.

Briefly, the research focuses on the electrical behavior of the heart during ischemic conditions, which is a precursor to myocardial infarction (heart attack). Specifically, the study investigated the spatial origins (where in the heart do they arise?) of myocardial ischemia. The  paper reported the findings from the study and can be accessed here.

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Ph.D. Defense

My doctoral defense and subsequent public Q&A session can be viewed below.

Title: Bioelectric Source Characterization of Acute Myocardial Ischemia

Date: June 02, 2015

Affiliations:
1) University of Utah, Department of Bioengineering
2) Cardiovascular Research & Training Institute (CVRTI)
3) Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute (SCI)

 

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Katalists Launched

Katalists is envisioned to be a thriving ecosystem for the scientific community that includes graduate students, research scientists, research professors and broadly anyone interested in a career in scientific research. The goal is to provide a platform for the members of the community to, connect and interact with people they need and who can help, discover the resources available to advance their research and last but not the least transform their professional careers through networking, learning and contribution.

This podcast series is the first step and geared towards translating that goal into reality. I will have the privilege to participate in one on one informal conversations with distinguished scientists and research professors as they share their experiences, stories and insights into what it takes to have a successful research career.

You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes using the URL http://www.katalists.com/feed/podcast

Alternately, you should also be able to search for the podcast on the iTunes store using the key word: Katalists

You can find more information about Katalists on the website, www.katalists.com.

Jorge Soto – Future of early cancer detection

Jorge Soto in this intriguing TED Talk describes his team’s efforts in developing a diagnostic tool for early detection of cancer.  The highlights from his talk are:

  • The tool is minimally invasive as it requires 1ml of blood sample for analysis.
  • The tool is also designed to be affordable and inexpensive relative to time and money. It takes about an hour to complete blood analysis.
  • Finally, it claims higher accuracy compared to conventional approaches as it relies on microRNA as opposed to DNA assay testing for cancer detection.

Regardless of whether the tool and technique lives up to the claims, I applaud the focus, effort, and approach by his group to try and develop an accessible, affordable and high quality cancer detection tool.  We need to support and promote such groups and encourage others to do so. Innovation happens everywhere and when cultivated will benefit everyone.