On Sabbatical: Natalia Trayanova, WSE and SOM

The Murray B. Sachs Professor of biomedical engineering takes her work on the road—to Italy, Switzerland, Australia, Japan, and several U.S. cities

Image caption: Natalia Trayanova, a professor of biomedical engineering and a core faculty member in the Institute for Computational Medicine, above Locarno, Switzerland, August 2015

Image credit: COURTESY OF NATALIA TRAYANOVA

For me, sabbaticals are time to both explore new research avenues and decrease the backlog of manuscripts on my desk. Since the research in my lab is computational, I am able to continue directing my lab and communicating with my lab members no matter where I travel.

Over the summer, I attended a conference in Milan, Italy, also visiting the nearby Lakes Region. Then I spent two months, September and October, as a visiting professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. The current chair of the department is a long-term experimental collaborator of mine. While in D.C., we started a new project investigating the structural and functional remodeling in human heart failure. We also brainstormed new projects and planned submissions of new grants. My lab members and I also managed to submit several manuscripts while I was in D.C.

I traveled in November to Melbourne, Australia, where I presented at the eighth Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Scientific Sessions, and in December I will be in Lugano, Switzerland, where I will present at the eighth TRM Forum on Computer Simulation and Experimental Assessment of Cardiac Function. My intention is to then spend a month or more in New York City this winter, working with collaborators at NYU School of Medicine and at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. I will also be attending conferences in the spring and the summer, in San Francisco, and in Tokyo and Sapporo, Japan.

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