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Natalia Trayanova


NATALIA TRAYANOVA, the inaugural Murray B. Sachs Professor, received her doctorate in biophysics/bioengineering from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and completed her postdoctoral training at Duke University.

Before joining the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2006, Dr. Trayanova was a professor of biomedical engineering at Tulane University, where she started the Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory.

Dr. Trayanova’s research centers around understanding the normal and pathological electrophysiological and electromechanical behavior of the heart, with emphasis on the mechanisms for cardiac arrhythmogenesis, cardiac electromechanical interactions, and the improvement of the clinical therapies of defibrillation, infarct-related ventricular ablation, and cardiac resynchronization therapy using a personalized approach.

Dr. Trayanova is the author of over 230 journal publications and book chapters in prestigious journals, and of over 150 abstracts. She is the editor of “Cardiac Defibrillation-Mechanisms, Challenges and Implications,” InTech Publishing, 2011. Dr. Trayanova is the recipient of numerous awards including the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award and Outstanding Researcher Award from Tulane University and the Fulbright Distinguished Research Award. At Johns Hopkins, she was named the William R. Brody Faculty Scholar in 2009.

Dr. Trayanova is associate editor of Frontiers in Computational Physiology and Medicine, served as an associate editor of IEEE Transactions of Biomedical Engineering from 1997-2005, is on the editorial board of the journals Heart Rhythm and American Journal of Physiology (Heart and Circulatory System), and is an area editor of IEEE Reviews in Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Trayanova has served as a member of the NIH ESTA and MABS Study Sections. She is a fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, American Heart Association, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.