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Jakub Tomek

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Scientist

I am a currently a postdoc in the group of Prof. Neil Herring. Previously, I served as a postdoc in the group of Prof. Blanca Rodriguez, developing human electrophysiology models and simulation tools (featured at Before that, I obtained a DPhil from the Department of Physiology, Anatomy, and Genomics at the University of Oxford, where I used a combination of experimental, image processing, and computational modelling approaches to understand cardiac [pato]physiology.

Beyond the fields of study associated with the last two postdocs (Neuropeptide Y function and computational cardiac modelling), my main interest is the role of cardiac sympathetic innervation in the post-infarction border zone, focussing at its proarrhythmic and antiarrhythmic effects, in particular those linked to alternans. Second, I'm interested in stretch-sensing in cardiac cells in response to hypertension and/or myocardial infarction and its implications on cardiac disease development (systolic & diastolic heart failure, various types of fibrillation) via altered collagen deposition, collagen crosslinking, and growth of sympathetic nerves in the ventricles.