Faculty Expert Profile

Natalia Trayanova

  • Murray B. Sachs professor of biomedical engineering
  • Director of the Computational Cardiology Laboratory

Affiliations

  • Whiting School of Engineering
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Institute for Computational Medicine (ICM)
  • Alliance for Cardiovascular Diagnostic and Treatment Innovation (ADVANCE)

Languages spoken

  • Bulgarian
  • English

Natalia Trayanova is a biomedical engineer who pioneered the use of 3D virtual heart models that are personalized using data from individual patients with ventricular or atrial fibrillation, two types of irregular heartbeats. Using these heart replicas, Trayanova and her clinical collaborators can predict who is at risk for sudden death or stroke, as well as determine the optimal patient-specific treatments for these disorders.

In 2019, Trayanova was inducted into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame, an award established 25 years ago to recognize outstanding contributions women have been making in technology and innovation.

By leveraging innovations in cardiac imaging, computer simulations, and data science, Trayanova's research is aimed at eliminating much of the guesswork involved in the diagnosis of cardiac disease, simplifying the lengthy and invasive cardiac mapping process, reducing the complications associated with treatment, and improving patient outcomes.

In 2019 Trayanova was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, a distinction that recognizes and honors academic inventors who have created or facilitated outstanding inventions that have had an impact on society. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Trayanova's 160-patient randomized clinical trial, the first of its kind to demonstrate the utility of computer simulations in driving atrial ablation procedures for patients with persistent atrial fibrillation and fibrosis.

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