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Faculty Detail    
Campus Address VH B140 Zip 0019
Phone  (20-5) -101
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Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Biomedical Engineering  Biomedical Engineering Professor
Center  Comprehensive Cardiovascular Ctr  Comprehensive Cardiovascular Ctr Professor

Graduate Biomedical Sciences Affiliations
Medical Scientist Training Program 

Biographical Sketch 
Dr. Pollard graduated from Duke University in 1983, 1985 and 1988 with the BS, MS and PhD degrees in Biomedical Engineering. He was a postdoctoral research associate and Research Assistant Professor at the Nora Eccles Harrison Cardiovascular Research and Training Institute (1989-1992) and an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University (1992-1996) before joining the Biomedical Engineering Faculty at UAB. He was the recipient of a National Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation and FIRST award from the National Institutes of Health.

Research/Clinical Interest
Microscopic electrical mapping mathematical modeling
The focus of research in Dr. Pollard's laboratory is on sampling of electrical potential distributions from microscopic regions of intact heart preparations. Sampling with ultrafine resolution allows assessment of the role of microstructural alterations on conduction failure, which is a key component of arrhythmia formation. Experimental studies are tightly coupled with computer modeling approaches in which the system of ionic currents that flow across cell membrane are integrated into three-dimensional grids that incorporate histologic detail.

cardiac electrophysiology, arrhythmia, gap junction, mathematical modeling