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Frederick J. Vetter

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical, Computer & Biomedical Engineering
209 Kelley Annex

University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI 02881-0805

Phone: 401-874-5141  Fax: 401-782-6422

Ph.D. Bioengineering - University of California San Diego, 1999
M.S. Bioengineering - University of California San Diego, 1994
M. Business Administration - University of California Davis, 1989
M.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering - University of California Davis, 1988
B.S. Electrical & Computer Engineering - University of California Davis, 1984

Research Interests
Cardiac Physiology
     - Effects of ventricular anatomy and wall mechanics on electrophysiology
     - Electrical propagation in stretched myocardium
Computational Modeling
     - Finite element method applications in biological tissues
     - Integrated models of propagation in actively deforming soft tissues
     - High-performance computational approaches for biological modeling

Cardiac Engineering Laboratory (restricted access)

BME 181   Biomedical Engineering Seminar I –  Spring 2013
BME 207   Introduction to Biomechanics –  Spring 2013, 2012–2009
BME 307   Bioelectricity – Fall 2013, 2012–2009, 2006
BME 484   BME Capstone Design I – Fall 2010
BME 485   BME Capstone Design II – Spring 2011
EGR 105   Foundations of Engineering I – Summer 2011
EGR 106   Foundations of Engineering II – Spring 2011 (sect 4)
ELE 205   Microprocessor Laboratory – Spring 2005, Spring-Fall 2004, 2003
ELE 207   Introduction to Biomedical Engineering – Spring 2006–2008
ELE 212   Linear Circuit Theory – Fall 2007
ELE 215   Linear Circuits Laboratory – Spring 2002
ELE 457   Feedback Control Systems – Fall 2005, 2002
ELE 482   Biomedical Engineering Seminar III – Spring 2002

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Professional Experience
Jul 2006 - Present Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI
Jan 2002 - Jun 2006 Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI
Jun 1999 - Dec 2001 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology
SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY

Selected Publications

  1. Dunn ME, Manfredi TG, Cosmas AC, Vetter FJ, King J, Rodgers RL. Mechanical function, glycolysis and ultrastructure of perfused working mouse hearts following thoracic aortic constriction. Cardiovascular Pathology 20(6):343-351 (November 2011). PDF
  2. Nair AU, Taggart DG, Vetter FJ. Optimizing cardiac material parameters with a genetic algorithm. Journal of Biomechanics 40(7):1646-1650 (May 2007) PDF
  3. Bien H, Entcheva E, Pertsov A, Mironov S, Vetter FJ. Spatial frequency content in optical mapping of cardiac cell monolayers. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology 291(3):H1484-H1485 (September 2006) PDF
  4. Mironov SF, Vetter FJ, Pertsov AM. Fluorescence imaging of cardiac propagation: spectral properties and filtering of optical action potentials. American Journal of Physiology: Heart and Circulatory Physiology 291(1):H327-H335 (July 2006) PDF
  5. Hyatt CJ, Mironov SF, Vetter FJ, Zemlin CW, Pertsov AM. Optical action potential upstroke morphology reveals near-surface transmural propagation direction. Circulation Research 97(3):277-284 (August 5, 2005) PDF
  6. Vetter FJ, Simons SB, Mironov S, Hyatt CJ, Pertsov AM. Epicardial fiber organization in swine right ventricle and its impact on propagation. Circulation Research 96(2):244-251 (February 2, 2005) PDF
  7. Anumonwo JMB, Tallini YN, Vetter FJ, Jalife J. Action potential characteristics and arrhythmogenic properties of the cardiac conduction system of the murine heart. Circulation Research 89(4):329-335 (August 17, 2001) PDF
  8. Vetter FJ and McCulloch AD. Mechanoelectric feedback in a model of the passively inflated left ventricle. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 29(5):414-426 (May 2001) PDF
  9. Vetter FJ and McCulloch AD. Three-dimensional stress and strain in passive rabbit left ventricle: a model study. Annals of Biomedical Engineering 28(7):781-792 (July 2000) PDF
  10. Vetter FJ and McCulloch AD. Three-dimensional analysis of regional cardiac function: a model of the rabbit ventricular anatomy. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 69(2/3):157-183 (1998) PDF

Professional Activities
Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), member
Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member
Annals of Biomedical Engineering, reviewer
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, reviewer
Journal of Biomechanics, reviewer
NIH Mentored Scientist Special Emphasis Panel, grant reviewer
American Heart Association Bioengineering and Biotechnology Study Group, grant reviewer

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