Research Centers & Collaboration

Collaborations between Washington University's in St. Louis' No. 6 ranked School of Medicine and the McKelvey School of Engineering have led to major advances in areas including positron emission tomography, medical applications of ultrasound, application of computers to hearing research and development of heart valve flow simulators.

This atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality between the two schools has been further strengthened and expanded, leading to an exceptional degree of synergy that is one of the department’s hallmarks.

Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center (CBAC)

An interdisciplinary center housed within the engineering school, the Cardiac Bioelectricity & Arrhythmia Center works to develop new tools for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias — a major cause of death and disability.

Through an interdisciplinary effort, CBAC investigators apply molecular biology, ion-channel and cell electrophysiology, optical mapping of membrane potential and cell calcium, multi-electrode cardiac electrophysiological mapping, electrocardiographic imaging (ECGI) and other noninvasive imaging modalities, and computational biology (mathematical modeling) to study mechanisms of arrhythmias at all levels of the cardiac system.