Fields of Research (FoR)Biomedical engineering, Biomedical instrumentation, Modelling and simulation, Cardiology (incl. cardiovascular diseases), Neurosciences, Animal physiology - biophysics, Photonic and electro-optical devices, sensors and systems (excl. communications), Computational physiology, Computational neuroscience (incl. mathematical neuroscience and theoretical neuroscience)
Amr Al Abed is a Senior Research Associate with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. I work at the junction of computational modelling, biomedical instrumentation and cardiac and neural electrophysiology. I have extensive expertise in biocomputational simulations with the experimental skills essential for model validation and a focus on translation, applying these models to design medical devices for cardiac bionics, gene therapy,...view more
Amr Al Abed is a Senior Research Associate with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering. I work at the junction of computational modelling, biomedical instrumentation and cardiac and neural electrophysiology. I have extensive expertise in biocomputational simulations with the experimental skills essential for model validation and a focus on translation, applying these models to design medical devices for cardiac bionics, gene therapy, and brain-machine interfaces.
PhD Biomedical Engineering, 2012, University of New South Wales
Masters of Biomedical Engineering, 2006, University of New South Wales
Bachelor of Medical Sciences (1st class Honours), 2004, University of New South Wales
My Research Activities
Optical-electrodes 'optrodes': We use light to sense electrophysiology signals. Development of rigid and flexible multi-optrode arrays and associated photodectection and acquisition systems for cardiac rhythm mapping and neural interfacing.
Technology for gene delivery: Computational simulation and development of devices for gene electrotransfer.
Computational cardiology: 3D multiphysics simulations of the heart to inform device development and planning of clinical procedures.
Cardiac physiome: Mathematical modelling of ion channels to tissue electrophysiology, and large-scale parameter optimisation of models to fit experimental recordings.
My Research Supervision
Areas of supervision
PhD Positions available (with scholarship Top-Up)
PhD title: Development of a closed-loop control system for multi-optrode arrays for cardiac electrophysiology diagnostics and brain machine interfaces.
Supervisory team: Dr Amr Al Abed, Prof Nigel Lovell
This project will develop a closed loop control system for multichannel optical-electrode ‘optrode’ arrays to enable next generation interfacing with the heart and brain using light instead of electricity. The control hardware and software will enable simultaneous recording and intelligent addressable multi-site stimulation at high temporal rates.
The candidate will work with a research team developing an ‘optical’ equivalent of a traditional ‘wire’ array for electrophysiological measurements, application of modulatory stimuli, and brain-machine interfacing. Our light-based disruptive technology will be passive, drawing no current and eliminating the need for on-chip electronics for digitisation and signal conditioning or light generation.
The cost-effective technology will enable researchers to enhance knowledge of the heart and brain with evolving optical approaches and will support future clinical applications for management of heart rhythm disorders and epilepsy.
This project would suit a HDR candidate with a background in electrical, computer, mechtronics or biomedical engineering.