We are excited to report many recent successes over the past few months!
PhD Candidate Savannah Bifulco was invited to give oral presentations at the 2023 Gordon Research Seminar (!) and then the Gordon Research Conference (!!!) on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms, which was held in Galveston, Tx. Moreover, she earned an Honorable Mention (cash prize!) for her poster presentation. Bravo Savannah!
PhD Student Chelsea Gibbs will be giving an oral presentation at the 2023 Cardiac Physiome Workshop, to be held this April in Irvine, CA. She also earned a competitive travel award to cover the cost of her attendance at this meeting! Bravo Chelsea!
Bioengineering junior and soon-to-be capstone student Izzy Kim has been awarded a highly competitive Mary Gates Research Scholarship! Izzy has been working with Savannah on simulations of atrial arrhythmia and is cooking up a truly exciting capstone project in which she will try to bridge the gap between several different types of simulations. Bravo Izzy!
Nico Longhi, another member of our Bioengineering undergrad brain trust, was accepted into the UW Genome Sciences REU for summer 2023. We can’t wait to hear about his time in this prestigious program! Nico has been working with Chelsea on modeling engraftment arrhythmia, and will be working on his own capstone proposal very soon. Bravo Nico!
Dr. Yaacoub Chahine, a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of our close collaborator Dr. Nazem Akoum and an enthusiastic new participant in the world of cardiac systems simulation research, matched to the UW Internal Medicine Residency Program and will stay with us in Seattle for the next three years!! Bravo Yaacoub!
MSTP trainee and future CardSS Lab PhD student Matt Magoon was accepted into the highly competitive Joint Summer School in Computational Physiology organized by Simula Research Labs, UCSD, and UIO. The program includes a generous stipend that will help cover the cost of travel to Oslo and San Diego this coming summer for an intense three weeks of learning! Bravo Matt! (Also, jealous!)
Speaking of Simula, the lab welcomed our very first Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Åshild Telle! Åshild is a brilliant applied mathematician whose previous research has focused on many topics, including cardiac biomechanics. We are thrilled that she will the lead trainee researcher on our left atrial fibrosis nexus project! Bravo Åshild!
Finally, both Savannah and fellow PhD Candidate Alex Ochs have scheduled their final doctoral dissertation examinations! HOLY SMOKES! We are graduating students! Huge bravo to you two, Alex and Savannah, and to the whole CardSS Lab for supporting your journey from A to Z in the PhD!!