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)

  • Xiong, Z., Fedorov, V. V., Fu, X., Cheng, E., Macleod, R., & Zhao, J. (2019). Fully Automatic Left Atrium Segmentation From Late Gadolinium Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using a Dual Fully Convolutional Neural Network. IEEE transactions on medical imaging, 38 (2), 515-524. 10.1109/tmi.2018.2866845
  • Xiong, Z., Nash, M. P., Cheng, E., Fedorov, V. V., Stiles, M. K., & Zhao, J. (2018). ECG signal classification for the detection of cardiac arrhythmias using a convolutional recurrent neural network. Physiological measurement, 39 (9)10.1088/1361-6579/aad9ed
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Martyn Nash
  • Zhao, J., Schotten, U., Smaill, B., & Verheule, S. (2018). Loss of side-to-side connections affects the relative contributions of the sodium and calcium current to transverse propagation between strands of atrial myocytes. Frontiers in Physiology, 9 (SEP).10.3389/fphys.2018.01212
  • Stephenson, R. S., Rowley-Nobel, J., Jones, C. B., Guerrero, R., Lowe, T., Zhao, J., ... Jarvis, J. C. (2018). Morphological substrates for atrial arrhythmogenesis in a heart with atrioventricular septal defect. Frontiers in Physiology, 9 (AUG).10.3389/fphys.2018.01071
  • Xiong, Z., Liu, T., Tse, G., Gong, M., Gladding, P. A., Smaill, B. H., ... Zhao, J. (2018). A Machine Learning Aided Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Relative Risk of Atrial Fibrillation in Patients With Diabetes Mellitus. Frontiers in Physiology, 9.10.3389/fphys.2018.00835
  • Fu, X., Liu, T., Xiong, Z., Smaill, B. H., Stiles, M. K., & Zhao, J. (2018). Segmentation of histological images and fibrosis identification with a convolutional neural network. Computers in biology and medicine, 98, 147-158. 10.1016/j.compbiomed.2018.05.015
  • Pathik, B., Kalman, J. M., Walters, T., Kuklik, P., Zhao, J., Madry, A., ... Lee, G. (2018). Absence of rotational activity detected using 2-dimensional phase mapping in the corresponding 3-dimensional phase maps in human persistent atrial fibrillation. Heart rhythm, 15 (2), 182-192. 10.1016/j.hrthm.2017.09.010
  • Cheung, A., Gong, M., Bellanti, R., Ali-Hasan-Al-Saegh, S., Li, G., Roig, E., ... Hakki, K. (2018). Cancer antigen-125 and risk of atrial fibrillation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Heart Asia, 10 (1)10.1136/heartasia-2017-010970


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Level 6, Room 639
New Zealand

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