Electrophysiology (EP) is the biomedical field dealing with the study of electrical activity resulting from the flow of ions in biologic tissues. EP research in the Joint Program consists of physiologic studies in animal models of heart disease and computational models of electrical activity in cardiac cells and neurons, cardiac tissue, and the whole heart.

Our research focus areas are:

  • Pathologic mechanisms of life-threatening arrhythmias
  • Optimizing defibrillation using a computational model of the human torso as well as large animal in-vivo studies
  • Mathematical simulations of the electrical activity and the excitation-contraction coupling in cardiac cells
  • Mechanisms of ‘ischemia’-induced arrhythmias in pacemaker cells isolated from sinoatrial node
  • Bursting activity in neostriatal cholinergic interneurons
  • Development, age and gender dependent ionic mechanisms in cardiac cells

Our facilities include multi-processor Sun workstations, radio-telemetry system for monitoring ECG in small animals, multi-channel mapping system for recording epicardial electrical activity in small animals, and virtual instrumentation software.

For additional information, contact the following faculty:
Eugene Eckstein (UM), 
Amy L de Jongh Curry  (UM) 

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
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Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5880
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Dr. Richard Smith, Program Director
956 Court Avenue, Suite E228
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5254
Email: rsmith@uthsc.edu

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Dr. Amy de Jongh Curry, Program Director
330 Engineering Technology Building
Memphis, TN 38152
Phone: (901) 678-2017
Email: adejongh@memphis.edu