Rob MacLeod, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine


Associate Director, Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute (SCI).

Associate Chair, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. which is part of the College of Engineering

Associate Director, Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (CVRTI)

Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, which is part of the School of Medicine.

Co-Director, NIH/NIGMS Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC)

Co-founder and executive member of the Consortium for ECG Imaging (CEI)

President, Computing in Cardiology (CinC) Society.

To join the CinC-Community list click on the link below: Google Group

Secretary and International Council Executive Member, International Society of Electrocardiology (ISE)

Chair, University of Utah Prelinical Imaging Core Advisory Committee.

Social media links:


o #SAFEU, a new web site to improve safety on the UofU campus
o Cycling is good for cognative performance and well being according to this study. In case you needed yet another excuse to get outside and ride a bike, even an ebike!
o Biomedical Engineering Boom in Utah good article about our field.
o How to Apply for Postdoctoral Positions and Choose the Right One
by Anita Devineni. Great set of advice--required reading for all PhD studnets!
o Mentoring the Next Generation: Fiona Watt
from Cambridge University. She got poor mentoring and makes up for it now.
o A set of 10 inspirational graduation quotes collected by Guy Kawasaki.
o The Myth of the 8-hour sleep , A nice BBC story about our sleep habits and why we should not worry about waking up in the middle of the night.
o Speaking of Research an alternative voice and organization that provides accurate information about the value of animal use in scientific research.
o The importance of stupidity in scientific research by Martin Schwartz, a very insightful and liberating article for grad students and all those who live with them.
o The care and maintenance of your adviser , an article from Nature for all (my) graduate students.
o Chocolate News (for more on chocolate, click here :

University of Utah Administrative Links:

Teaching and Advising:

BME 2100 (Fall 2020): Fundamentals II

BME 4992 (Spring 2021): BME Thesis Writing and Communication II

BME 6110 (Next round, Spring 2022): Biomedical Technology in Anesthestia and Critical Care

Research Interests:

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Electrocardiographic Mapping:
The recording and analyzing multi-lead bioelectric data, especially body surface potential mapping (BSPM), heart surface (epicardial) electrograms, and intramural potential distributions.
Myocardial Ischemia:
This is a disease state of the heart that arises when blood flow is in some way compromised to those vessels supporting the heart. This is the physiology of heart attacks and our approaches include basic electrophysiology, computational cardiology, and even clinical applications (at least once we are smart enough to say anything useful).
Computational Electrophysiology:
The use of computer simulations of the relationship between body-surface potentials (ECGs) and the electrical activity on the surface of the heart (forward and inverse problems in electrocardiography) to reveal and localize electrocardiographic phenomena in normal and pathological states.
Scientific Visualization:
Development of novel computer graphics tools for the display of multichannel bioelectric data, especially the incorporation of computational tools within the graphics environment for the interactive analysis of large datasets.
Bioelectric Signal Processing:
The application of modern signal processing techniques such as temporal and spatial wavelets, three-dimensional interpolation techniques, and statistical estimation to electrocardiographic data with the goal of better signal characterization and the extraction of physiologically important features and parameters. Software design and implementation of large scale processing and analysis tools for biomedical signals.
Cardiac Arrhythmias:
Rhythm disturbances of the heart is a huge topic and my specific areas of interest are atrial fibrillation (AF) and ventricular defibrillation.
Using electrical and magnetic fields to stimulate and modulate the activity of the brain. Our role is mostly computational, predicting where to place electrodes to stimulate desired areas of the brain.


The Computational Electrocardiology Group (CEG)

I love to mentor and collaborate with students and we have formed a group called the Computational Electrocardiology Group (CEG). If you are interested in pursuing research with us please email me.


The current CEG team

Other Team members, collaborators and labs

Some collaborating labs:


Links to other materials and topics:

o Bicycle Info and Links
o Bioengineering Department Material
o Rob's work calendar
o Conference Information
o Documentation
o Grants and granting agencies
o Literature references: how to find and managing
o Miscellaneous information links
o NIH/NIGMS for Center for Integrative Biomedical Computing (CIBC)
o Materials from talks
o Papers and publications
o People: friends, students, colleagues, and collaborators
o Research groups and Resources
o Research results and images
o Travel links and information
o Personal info and links
o Organizations I support
o Writing and presentation information

Contact Information



Snail Mail:
Dr. Rob MacLeod
University of Utah, SCI Institute
Warnock Engineering Building
72 South Central Campus Drive, Room 3750
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: (801) 585-7596
Fax: (801) 585-6513

Warnock Engineering Building (WEB), Room 4602


Where to find me

  1. SCI/Bioengineering: The Warnock Engineering Building
  2. CVRTI: The Nora Eccles Harrison Bldg
  3. School of Medicine and Cardiology

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Last update: Wednesday Dec 30, 2020 by Rob MacLeod