The study of the electrical properties of the heart at early developmental stages is of scientific importance, as this potentially could allow gaining insight on the originating causes of heart repolarization abnormalities such as congenital cardiac arrhythmias and long/short QT syndrome, costing actually the EU economy almost 196 million a year.


 Nevertheless, aiming to perform such studies during embryonic development, the design of non-invasive and reliable instrumentation tools is required. As these should provide precise information from the interior of the sample without affecting the parameter of interest while guaranteeing biocompatibility.

 The main area of my research is the study, development and testing of novel sensing technologies to gather information during the development of the heart when it is first formed. My current work is focussed on developing sensing technology to monitor electrocardiogram (ECG) activity from micron sized (< 100 µm) living organisms such as zebrafish embryos. I am also leading the development of the sensing prototype to monitor ECG on babies during early pregnancy and throughout labour.


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