Breakfast Club Seminar

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  • Date/Time:
    • Tuesday March 8, 2016
      12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Location: Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering & Biosciences, Room 1128
  • Phone: (404) 894-6228
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Colly Mitchell


Summary Sentence: "Chaos in the Heart; Understanding Cardiac Arrhythmias using Optical Mapping Experiments, Computer Simulations and Math" - Flavio Fenton, Ph.D. - Georgia Tech

Full Summary: The Petit Institute Breakfast Club seminar series was started with the spirit of the Institute's interdisciplinary mission in mind and started to feature local Petit Institute faculty member's research in a seminar format. Faculty are often asked to speak at other universities and conferences, but rarely present at their home institution, this seminar series is an attempt to close that gap. The Petit Institute Breakfast Club is open to anyone in the bio-community.

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"Chaos in the Heart; Understanding Cardiac Arrhythmias using Optical Mapping Experiments, Computer Simulations and Math"

Flavio Fenton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
School of Physics
Georgia Tech

My work is on excitable media, complex systems, and pattern formation, using a combined approach of theory, experiments, and computer simulations.

Research areas of interest

High performance computing:
· Development and implementation of novel algorithms to solve partial differential equations in two- and three-dimensional regular and irregular domains.
· Computer modeling of complex systems using supercomputers, as well as graphics cards (GPUs).
· Simulations and large data visualization of complex systems in or near-real time locally or over the web.

Experiments in complex systems:
· Cardiac dynamics. Study the voltage and calcium dynamics of cardiac tissue using heart sections or whole hearts from fish and mice to large mammals horses. Using voltage- and calcium-sensitive dyes and ultrafast cameras, we record the dynamics of voltage and calcium waves and study their instabilities associated with arrhythmias.
· Dynamics of spiral and scroll waves.
· Mechanisms of bifurcation and period-doublings in time and in space.
· Methods for chaos control and synchronization.
· Chemical, physical, and other biophysical oscillators with complex dynamics and instabilities. Examples: spiral and scroll waves in the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, saline oscillator.

Mathematical modeling of complex systems:
· Development and analysis of mathematical models that describe generic or detailed dynamics of excitable and oscillatory media (heart, neurons, chemical reactions, calcium signaling, physical and biological oscillators, etc.).
· Study of bifurcations and chaotic (organized and disorganized) dynamics of excitable and oscillatory systems.
· Develop and apply control methods for suppressing or synchronizing complex dynamics.
· Study of stability and instabilities of spiral waves and three-dimensional scroll waves in idealized and realistic domains of excitable media.

In most projects there is crossover between theory, simulations and experiments, where experiments (simulations) are used to guide theory and simulations (experiments).

The Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, an internationally recognized hub of multidisciplinary research at the Georgia Institute of Technology, brings engineers, scientists, and clinicians together to solve some of the world’s most complex health challenges. With 17 research centers, more than 170 faculty members, and $24 million in state-of-the-art facilities, the Petit Institute is translating scientific discoveries into game-changing solutions to solve real-world problems.

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Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience (IBB)

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Graduate students
graduates students, IBB
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