Dr. Aras is currently a postdoctoral scientist training in the lab of Igor Efimov, PhD, Alisann and Terry Collins Professor of Biomedical Engineering. His research project will investigate the role of epicardial adiposity in promoting ventricular arrhythmias. In particular, he will investigate how epicardial adipose tissue paracrine signaling makes obese hearts more vulnerable to arrhythmias. He will also obtain specialized training in bioinformatics and adipocyte tissue biology. The long-term goal of his research is to explore mechanisms of obesity mediated conduction and rhythm disorders using multiscale and multimodal approach as well as develop and validate novel diagnostic tools and strategies for effective therapy of these diseases.
His mentors on this research are: Prof. Igor Efimov (George Washington University), Prof. Keith Crandall (George Washington University), Prof. Rong Li (George Washington University), Prof. Mark Anderson (Johns Hopkins University), Prof. John Rogers (Northwestern University), Prof. Bjorn Knollmann (Vanderbilt University), Prof. Kalyanam Shivkumar (University of California Los Angeles) and Prof. Richard Schuessler (Washington University Saint Louis).