About the presenter

Spring Week on Campus 2019
Dr Jichao Zhao

Dr Jichao Zhao

Dr. Jichao Zhao is a Principal Investigator and leads a team at Auckland Bioengineering Institute, University of Auckland, that aims to improve our understanding of the most common cardiac arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, and to investigate effective strategies for atrial fibrillation treatment by combining novel computational approaches (signal/structural analysis, computer models and machine learning) with structural imaging, experimental mapping and clinical studies.
Recent collaboration with overseas researchers has made it possible for Dr. Zhao to study intact human hearts directly to illustrate the roles of human atrial structure and function in atrial fibrillation and improve our understanding of our body’s natural pacemaker. He also leads an MRI study of patients with atrial fibrillation. His team has developed novel machine learning approaches for analyzing functional and structural data from patients to aid clinical diagnosis and targeted treatment. Finally, his group has also developed a robust rabbit model with metabolic syndrome to study the exact mechanism underlying the increased susceptibility to cardiac disease.