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Postdoctoral Training – Efimov Lab

I feel privileged to have the opportunity to do my postdoctoral training under the guidance of Dr. Igor Efimov at the George Washington University (GWU), Washington DC. Dr. Efimov is a world renowned scientist in the field of cardiovascular science with nearly 200 publications. He is also the chair of the biomedical engineering department.

My research will primarily focus on cardiac arrhythmias with specific emphasis on high-definition conformal devices for treatment of atrial arrhythmias.

My postdoctoral training plan will focus on six main areas:

  • Independent Research: I will be continuing my scientific investigations in cardiac electrophysiology with specific emphasis ultra-low energy defibrillation research using transillumination optical mapping and high-definition conformal electronics technology.
  • Grant Writing: I will get training in grant writing and submission. Extramural funding is the life blood of all research and a key requirement to building a successful career in the academia. The training will entail writing and submitting grant applications to NIH, AHA etc.,
  • Education & Teaching: Part of my post-doctoral training will also focus on expanding my knowledge base in areas beyond cardiac electrophysiology and exploring opportunities to learn new technologies (e.g. 3D modeling & printing, Optogenetics etc.,)
  • Professional Networking: This is a key element in the training plan to become an independent investigator. As such, I will have opportunities to explore research collaborations and cultivating professional relationships.
  • Management Training: Another key aspect of becoming an independent investigator is to learn to how to run a research lab efficiently. This includes managing and allocating resources (e.g., finances, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students etc.,).
  • Translational Focus: Although basic science research is an essential component of all scientific investigations, it is equally important to focus on how the knowledge gain can be translated into clinical setting. Part of my post-doctoral training will entail exploring ideas and collaborations that have direct translational impact.

I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to learn from Dr.Efimov and looking forward to working with him.

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)

 

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.

Research Paper published

My research paper titled – Sensitivity of epicardial electrical markers to acute ischemia detection was accepted for publishing in the peer-reviewed journal – Journal of Electrocardiology. The article will be available in print, in the December 2014 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 evaluated different electrical markers and their ability to detect early onset of acute myocardial ischemia. The  paper reported the findings from the study and can be accessed here.

2014 Jos Willems Young Investigator Recipient

At the 39th Annual International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology (ISCE) conference held in Florida (April 26-30), I was one of the four finalists for the young investigators competition and invited to present my research.

Briefly, the judges evaluated our presentations based on the originality of the science, quality of the study and the clarity of the presentation and Q&A. Each talk was assigned 15 minutes and followed by a 15 min Q&A session.

My talk and the subsequent discussion session can be viewed below. It was a privilege and an honor to present my research. I am thankful to have won the competition!