Faculty Mentor: Amy Curry
Faculty Mentor's Department: Biomedical Engineering
Telephone Number and/or E-mail: x2017; firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Description: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening
heart disorder that affects two million people each year in the US alone. In AF,
the two small upper chambers of the heart, the atria, quiver and are not able to effectively
pump blood out of the chambers. Blood clots are likely to form in the atria. The
clots can leave the atria and can ultimately become lodged in an artery in the brain
and cause a stroke. Approximately 15% of all strokes occur in patients with AF.
In patients with atrial fibrillation, defibrillation therapy is often given in the
form of a strong electric shock to revert the atria back to normal activity. The
electric shock is delivered to the patient through two electrodes placed on the chest.
We have previously developed a physiologically realistic computer model of the human
torso for simulating defibrillation. The goal of this project is to use our existing
computer model to simulate atrial defibrillation. Specifically, we will explore new
electrode placements to determine the configuration that can defibrillate with the
lowest shock energy. This will require the student to work with both PC and UNIX
workstations. The student will: (1) develop and visualize new electrode placements
with computer graphics, and (2) input the new electrode placements into the computer
model to calculate defibrillation shock energy.
Requirements for Student Applicants: Please send resume to email@example.com. Some experience with MATLAB required. The student will be trained to use existing
Starting Date: anytime
Method of Compensation (Volunteer, Academic Credit, or Stipend): Volunteer, Academic
Credit, or Stipend depending on funding availability.