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.