Jonathan Silva

Whitaker Hall, Room 290G

PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, 2008
MS, Case Western Reserve University, 2004
BS, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

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Jonathan Silva

Biomedical Engineering

Associate Professor


Cardiac Arrhythmia, Molecular Imaging, Engineered Cardiomyocytes, Computational Models, Augmented Reality


Jonathan R. Silva applies computational and biophysical methods to improve arrhythmia therapies. Current projects include using holograms to guide ablation procedures and creating multi-scale models that connect nano-scale molecular movements to the chaos theory of arrhythmias.


Professor Silva joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis in July 2012. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University School of Medicine, Professor Silva received the prestigious Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface (CASI), which is given to scientists with backgrounds in physics, mathematics, computer science and engineering who want to explore the new frontier of biology.

Professor Silva’s doctoral studies were conducted at WashU, where he developed a new type of multi-scale cardiac action potential models that incorporate detailed descriptions of ion channel molecular motions.

Uses holograms to guide cardiac arrhythmia ablations