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Alena Talkachova (Elena Tolkacheva)

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies


6-128 Nils Hasselmo Hall
Email: talkacal@umn.edu
Ph: 612-626-2719, Fax: 612-626-6583
B.S. Physics, Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 1991
M.S. Physics, Belarussian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 1992
Ph.D. Nonlinear optics & laser physics, Nice University, Nice France, 2003
Post doctoral Associate, Cardiac Electrophysiology, 2004-2008


Graduate Students



Vasanth Ravikumar

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA. 2017
B.Tech., Electronics and Communication Engineering, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, TN, India. 2014
Email: ravik014@umn.edu
Ph: 612-626-4122
Webpage link: https://sites.google.com/umn.edu/vasanth

I am pursuing research in Electrical Engineering - Biomedical Signal Processing at the University of Minnesota. My research interests are in developing signal processing applications for solving real life problems. My current areas of interest include cardiac electrophysiology and rhythm management. I am working on analysis of intracardiac electrograms from electro-anatomical mapping devices for identification of sites (outside Pulmonary Veins region) to ablate for Atrial Fibrillation.


Preethy Parthiban

B.Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering, National Institute of Technology, India, 2017
Email: parth034@umn.edu
Ph: 612-626-1198

My research interest lies in developing an in-depth understanding of the heart as an electrical organ and work towards designing optimum solutions to problems that arise as a result of misconduct of these electrical signals. Working towards this goal I am interested in looking at electrical propagation at all integrated levels ranging from cellular to entire organ system. I’m currently involved in works relating to: (1) Ablation therapy- with emphasis on locating rotor pivot point- for efficient treatment of Atrial Fibrillation. (2) Identification of therapeutic pacing protocols through numerical analysis of nonlinear cardiac cell models. (3) Ex-vivo optical mapping of hearts to analyze anti-arrhythmic drug effects.

Xiangzhen Kong

B.S., Electrical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology ,China, 2016
Email: kongx323@umn.edu
Ph: 612-626-4122

I am pursuing my PhD. degree in Electrical Engineering-Biomedical signal processing and graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology (China) with a B.S. in 2016. My research interest is mainly on rotor identification in simulation, optical mapping experiment and clinic. Currently, we aim to improve and optimize existing novel mapping approaches then transfer to clinical situations, which can help with ablation treatment. Besides, I also work on clinical data analysis such as iEGMs, filter design and Labview programming.



Jieun Lee

M.S., Information and Communications, GIST, Korea, 2008
M.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota, 2012
Email: leex4637@umn.edu
Ph: 612-626-4122

My research interests are theory and applications of methods for predictive learning from data. My background is in statistics, signal processing, machine learning, and optimization. My previous topics include: EEG, MRI, financial data, images, and various numerical data from statistics. For the past several years, I have been applying my background in signal detection / prediction and unbalanced data classification. I am currently working on analysis of the ECG signals to reveal distinguishing characteristics of their non-linear dynamics between healthy and diseased cardiac states.

Sanket Thakare

B.S., Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, University of Mumbai, India, 2017

Email: thaka015@umn.edu
Ph: 612-624-0266

I am pursuing my MS in Biomedical Engineering (2018-2020). My research interest lies in investigating clinical data and exploring various non-linear techniques to extract the hidden physiological information from the signals. I am currently working on techniques to map the extracted features of intracardiac electrograms on the patient-specific 3D heart model.

Undergraduate students




Yugene Guo


Email: guoxx947@umn.edu

I am interested in understanding and improving device-based therapies to correct and improve functions of the heart. I currently perform data analysis to evaluate the effect of chronic vagus nerve stimulation on heart rate, blood pressure, and cardiac structure in hypertensive rat models.,




Brett Levac


Email: levac004@umn.edu

I am currently an undergraduate Electrical Engineering student with plans to graduate in May 2020. My research interests include the investigation of a more novel approach to histology image analysis. I am currently working to create an analysis technique using color deconvolution for identification of fibrosis within cardiac tissue.



Sam Newell


Email: levac004@umn.edu

I am currently an undergraduate in the biomedical engineering department at the UMN planning to graduate in May 2020. My research interests lie in furthering our understanding of chemical and electrophysiological disease states of the body in order to improve medical device therapies. I am currently developing an algorithm to predict SCD in order to improve ICD placement.



Former PhD Graduate Students


Elizabeth Annoni, 2014-2018

Steven Lee, 2013-2018

Kanchan Kulkarni, 2013-2017

Shivaram Poigai Arunachalam, 2013-2017

Ning Wei, 2012-2015

Dr. Thomas Xie, postdoc, 2009-2014

Ramjay Visweswaran, 2009-2014

Stephen McIntyre, 2009-2014

Dr. Rebecca Smith, postdoc, 2010-2012


Former MS Graduate Students


Joey Mathew, MS, 2018-2019

Ryan Kluck, honor thesis, 2016-2017

James Schultz, MS, 2016-2017

Christopher Johnson, MS, 2014-2016

Joe Ippolito, MS, 2009-2014

Virendra Kakade, MS, 2012-2013

Alexander Cram, MS, 2009-2010