Rob MacLeod, Ph.D., Professor of Bioengineering and Medicine


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

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

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

Research Professor of Internal Medicine, in the Division of Cardiovascualr Medicine, which is part of the School of Medicine.

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

Co-Director of the Summer Course on Image based Biomedical Modeling

Co-founder and executive member of the Consortium for ECG Imaging (CEI) a new group of international researchers dedicated to collaborative research in cardiac inverse problems.

Member of the University of Utah MD/PhD Committee, chair of the University of Utah Small Animal Imaging Advisory Committee.

President, Computing in Cardiology Society.

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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 Wind Map by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg.
o "The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognized to be true." Albert Einstein.
o Richard Bronson on why ties are bad for business.
o CIBC Workshop 2016 video.
o A set of 10 inspirational graduation quotes collected by Guy Kawasaki.
o The Copenhagen Wheel, a new wheel design that includes motor and battery.
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 PETA kills 90% of its shelter animals. The best definition of hypocrisy that I can think of.
o Speaking of Research an alternative voice and organization that provides accurate information about the value of animal use in scientific research.
o Virtual Physiological Human position supporting use of animals in research. An excellent response to a regressive and horribly naive notion. 1
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 Night view of the world a terrific image.
o Chocolate News (for more on chocolate, click here :
o We are happy from website. I know, it is silly but irresistable.

Adminsitrative Links:

Teaching and Advising:

Bioengineering 7070 (Fall 2017): Proposal Writing and Presentations

Bioengineering 7071 (Spring 2018): Proposal Writing and Presentations

Bioengineering 6060 (Spring 2018): Biomedical Technology in Anesthestia and Critical Care

Bioengineering/Physiology 6000 (Spring 2014): Physiology for Engineers. Frank Sachse teaches this course now.

Bioengineering/Physiology 6003 (Fall 2012): Cellular Electrophysiology and Biophysics:

Bioengineering/Physiology 6460 (Fall 2015): Electrophysiology and Bioelectricity:

Research Interests:

See here for more detailed descriptions and images.
Electrocardiographic Mapping:
The recording and analyzing multi-lead bioelectric data, especially body surface potential mapping (BSPM), heart surface (epicardial) electrograms, and intramural potential distributions.
Cardiac Electrophysiology:
The examination of hyper-acute cardiac ischemia and its effects on membrane resting potential, excitability, recovery, and conduction abnormalities. The detection of local changes in cardiac repolarization and their role in the genesis and maintenance of cardiac rhythm disturbances.
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. Projects related to AF are described at the CARMA website and also as driving biomedical projects in the CIBC and the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing or NA-MIC.
Myocardial Ischemia:
This is another 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).


Links to group research (past and present)

The Current Undrgrad/Grad Student/Post Doc Team

Other Team members, collaborators and 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 3705
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: (801) 585-7596
Fax: (801) 585-6513

Warnock Engineering Building, 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: Fri Nov 1 05:47:21 2013 by Rob Macleod