Dr Jichao Zhao

BSc MSc Northerneastern (China), PhD W.Ont

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Senior Research Fellow


After completing a Bachelor and Masters of Science in Computational Mathematics at the Northeastern University, China, Jichao obtained a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Jichao then worked one year in INRIA, France as a postdoctoral fellow. In September of 2007, Jichao joined the Auckland Bioengineering Institute as a Research Fellow.

Research | Current

Current research interests

  • Computer models of atria
  • Atrial mapping study
  • Atrial electrogram analysis
  • Patient specific models of atria
  • Sino-atrial node structure

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Postgraduate supervision

2014- Mr Girish Ramlugun

2013- Mr Belvin Thomas

2012- Ms Shu Meng


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Zhao, J., Hansen, B. J., Csepe, T. A., Lim, P., Wang, Y., Williams, M., ... Hummel, J. D. (2015). Integration of High Resolution Optical Mapping and 3D Micro-CT Imaging to Resolve the Structural Basis of Atrial Conduction in the Human Heart. Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, 8 (6), 1514-1517. 10.1161/CIRCEP.115.003064
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/27918
  • Hansen, B. J., Zhao, J., Csepe, T. A., Moore, B. T., Li, N., Jayne, L. A., ... Powell, K. A. (2015). Atrial fibrillation driven by micro-anatomic intramural re-entry revealed by simultaneous sub-epicardial and sub-endocardial optical mapping in explanted human hearts. European heart journal, 36 (35), 2390-2401. 10.1093/eurheartj/ehv233
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26385
  • Zhao, J., Kharche, S. R., Hansen, B. J., Csepe, T. A., Wang, Y., Stiles, M. K., & Fedorov, V. V. (2015). Optimization of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation: insights gained from clinically-derived computer models. Int J Mol Sci, 16 (5), 10834-10854. 10.3390/ijms160510834
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26225
  • Zhao, J., Yao, Y., Shi, R., Huang, W., Smaill, B. H., & Lever, N. A. (2015). Progressive modification of rotors in persistent atrial fibrillation by stepwise linear ablation. HeartRhythm Case Reports, 1 (1), 22-26. 10.1016/j.hrcr.2014.10.004
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25908
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Smaill
  • Smaill, B. H., Zhao, J., & Trew, M. L. (2013). Three-dimensional impulse propagation in myocardium: arrhythmogenic mechanisms at the tissue level. Circ Res, 112 (5), 834-848. 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.111.300157
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Smaill, Mark Trew
  • Zhao, J., Butters, T. D., Zhang, H., LeGrice, I. J., Sands, G. B., & Smaill, B. H. (2013). Image-based model of atrial anatomy and electrical activation: A computational platform for investigating atrial arrhythmia. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, 32 (1), 18-27. 10.1109/TMI.2012.2227776
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25909
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ian LeGrice, Bruce Smaill, Gregory Sands
  • Zhao, J., Butters, T. D., Zhang, H., Pullan, A. J., LeGrice, I. J., Sands, G. B., & Smaill, B. H. (2012). An image-based model of atrial muscular architecture: effects of structural anisotropy on electrical activation. Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol, 5 (2), 361-370. 10.1161/CIRCEP.111.967950
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/25899
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bruce Smaill, Ian LeGrice, Gregory Sands


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Primary location

Level 6, Room 639
New Zealand

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