• Jeffrey W. Holmes, M.D., Ph.D., has been named dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Engineering following a national search. Holmes will assume his role at UAB in July as the school’s seventh dean.

    Holmes joins UAB from the University of Virginia, where he was a professor of biomedical engineering and medicine and the inaugural director of the Center for Engineering in Medicine. The initiative was designed to jumpstart medical innovation by fostering partnerships between engineers and clinicians. Prior to UVA, he taught at Columbia University and helped found and build a new biomedical engineering department there.

    “The UAB School of Engineering offers tremendous opportunities due to UAB’s collaborative nature, commitment to community engagement and educational mission,” Holmes said. “The presence of a world-class academic medical center and a vibrant local economy provide opportunities for research and educational partnerships that make an important real-world impact. At the same time, programs such as the Birmingham Promise and UAB’s tradition of educating first-generation and under-represented college students offer an important opportunity to recruit and train an exciting and diverse population of future engineers.”
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2020 Computational model predicts paracrine and intracellular drivers of fibroblast phenotype after myocardial infarction 2020
    2020 Predictions of hypertrophy and its regression in response to pressure overloadBiomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.  19:1079-1089. 2020
    2020 Computational models of cardiac hypertrophy 2020
    2019 Multiscale Coupling of an Agent-Based Model of Tissue Fibrosis and a Logic-Based Model of Intracellular SignalingFrontiers in Physiology.  10. 2019
    2019 Variable outcomes of human heart attack recapitulated in genetically diverse mice 2019
    2019 Trajectory of right ventricular indices is an early predictor of outcomes in hypoplastic left heart syndromeCongenital Heart Disease.  14:1185-1192. 2019
    2019 Spatial scaling in multiscale models: methods for coupling agent-based and finite-element models of wound healingBiomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.  18:1297-1309. 2019
    2019 A microscopically motivated model for the remodeling of cardiomyocytesBiomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.  18:1233-1245. 2019
    2019 Model first and ask questions later: Confessions of a reformed experimentalistJournal of Biomechanical Engineering.  141. 2019
    2019 Implications of scar structure and mechanics for post-infarction cardiac repair and regenerationExperimental Cell Research.  376:98-103. 2019
    2018 Multiscale computational model of Achilles tendon wound healing: Untangling the effects of repair and loadingPLoS Computational Biology.  14. 2018
    2018 Potential strain-dependent mechanisms defining matrix alignment in healing tendonsBiomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.  17:1569-1580. 2018
    2018 Surgical reinforcement alters collagen alignment and turnover in healing myocardial infarcts 2018
    2018 Guidelines for experimental models of myocardial ischemia and infarction 2018
    2018 Predicting the time course of ventricular dilation and thickening using a rapid compartmental modelJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.  11:109-122. 2018
    2018 Clinical Applications of Patient-Specific Models: The Case for a Simple ApproachJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.  1-9. 2018
    2018 Role of boundary conditions in determining cell alignment in response to stretch 2018
    2017 A Comparison of Phenomenologic Growth Laws for Myocardial HypertrophyJournal of Elasticity.  129:257-281. 2017
    2017 Imaging left-ventricular mechanical activation in heart failure patients using cine DENSE MRI: Validation and implications for cardiac resynchronization therapyJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  46:887-896. 2017
    2017 Effect of ablation pattern on mechanical function in the atriumPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology.  40:648-654. 2017
    2016 Special Issue: Spotlight of the Future of Cardiovascular Engineering Frontiers and Challenges in Cardiovascular BiomechanicsJournal of Biomechanical Engineering.  138. 2016
    2016 Crossing into the Next Frontier of Cardiac Extracellular Matrix ResearchCirculation Research.  119:1040-1045. 2016
    2016 Emergence of Collagen Orientation Heterogeneity in Healing Infarcts and an Agent-Based ModelBiophysical Journal.  110:2266-2277. 2016
    2016 A computational model of cardiac fibroblast signaling predicts context-dependent drivers of myofibroblast differentiationJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  94:72-81. 2016
    2016 Computational modeling of cardiac fibroblasts and fibrosisJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  93:73-83. 2016
    2016 Modifying the mechanics of healing infarcts: Is better the enemy of good?Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  93:115-124. 2016
    2016 High temporal-resolution phase-contrast MRI demonstrates impaired left-ventricular diastolic relaxation in mice fed a high-fat high-sucrose diet.Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.  18. 2016
    2016 Making better scar: Emerging approaches for modifying mechanical and electrical properties following infarction and ablation 2016
    2015 Physiological implications of myocardial scar structureComprehensive Physiology.  5:1877-1909. 2015
    2015 Why Is Infarct Expansion Such an Elusive Therapeutic Target?Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.  8:421-430. 2015
    2015 Effect of Scar Compaction on the Therapeutic Efficacy of Anisotropic Reinforcement Following Myocardial Infarction in the DogJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.  8:353-361. 2015
    2015 Changes in Global and Regional Mechanics Due to Atrial Fibrillation: Insights from a Coupled Finite-Element and Circulation ModelAnnals of Biomedical Engineering.  43:1600-1613. 2015
    2015 An Ultrasound-Driven Kinematic Model for Deformation of the Infarcted Mouse Left Ventricle Incorporating a Near-Incompressibility ConstraintUltrasound in Medicine and Biology.  41:532-541. 2015
    2015 Comparison of quantitative wall-motion analysis and strain for detection of coronary stenosis with three-dimensional dobutamine stress echocardiography 2015
    2014 Impact of mechanical activation, scar, and electrical timing on cardiac resynchronization therapy response and clinical outcomesJournal of the American College of Cardiology.  63:1657-1666. 2014
    2014 Mechanical boundary conditions bias fibroblast invasion in a collagen-fibrin wound modelBiophysical Journal.  106:932-943. 2014
    2014 Effects of stretch and shortening on gene expression in intact myocardiumPhysiological Genomics.  46:57-65. 2014
    2014 Coupled agent-based and finite-element models for predicting scar structure following myocardial infarction 2014
    2014 Identification of a novel mitochondrial uncoupler that does not depolarize the plasma membraneMolecular Metabolism.  3:114-123. 2014
    2014 Postprocedure mapping of cardiac resynchronization lead position using standard fluoroscopy systems: Implications for the nonresponder with scarPacing and Clinical Electrophysiology.  37:757-767. 2014
    2013 Wall-motion based analysis of global and regional left atrial mechanicsIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.  32:1765-1776. 2013
    2013 Sequencing of mRNA identifies re-expression of fetal splice variants in cardiac hypertrophyJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  62:99-107. 2013
    2012 Mechanical regulation of fibroblast migration and collagen remodelling in healing myocardial infarcts 2012
    2012 Structural mechanism for alteration of collagen gel mechanics by glutaraldehyde crosslinkingConnective Tissue Research.  53:285-297. 2012
    2012 Anisotropic reinforcement of acute anteroapical infarcts improves pump functionCirculation: Heart Failure.  5:515-522. 2012
    2012 Mechanics of cell growthMechanics Research Communications.  42:118-125. 2012
    2012 Regional mechanics determine collagen fiber structure in healing myocardial infarctsJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  52:1083-1090. 2012
    2012 Cardiovascular solid mechanics grows and remodelsJournal of Biomechanics.  45:727. 2012
    2011 Strains at the myotendinous junction predicted by a micromechanical modelJournal of Biomechanics.  44:2795-2801. 2011
    2011 Model-based design of mechanical therapies for myocardial infarctionJournal of Cardiovascular Translational Research.  4:82-91. 2011
    2011 A novel method for quantitating delayed enhancement of the left atrium.Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance.  13:P248-P248. 2011
    2011 Erratum: Mechanical load initiates hypertrophic scar formation through decreased cellular apoptosis (FASEB Journal (2007) DOI: 10.1096/fj.07-8218com)The FASEB Journal.  25:3751. 2011
    2010 Quantitative three-dimensional wall motion analysis predicts ischemic region size and locationAnnals of Biomedical Engineering.  38:1367-1376. 2010
    2010 Contribution of extracellular matrix to the mechanical properties of the heartJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  48:490-496. 2010
    2010 Evolution of scar structure, mechanics, and ventricular function after myocardial infarction in the rat 2010
    2009 Simultaneous variation of ventricular pacing site and timing with biventricular pacing in acute ventricular failure improves function by interventricular assist 2009
    2009 Quantitative validation of optical flow based myocardial strain measures using sonomicrometry 2009
    2009 Prolonged effects of B-type natriuretic peptide infusion on cardiac remodeling after sustained myocardial injury 2009
    2009 Region-Based Endocardium Tracking on Real-Time Three-Dimensional UltrasoundUltrasound in Medicine and Biology.  35:256-265. 2009
    2008 Remodeling of engineered tissue anisotropy in response to altered loading conditionsAnnals of Biomedical Engineering.  36:1322-1334. 2008
    2008 Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering 2008
    2007 Induction of hypertrophy in vitro by mechanical loading in adult rabbit myocardium 2007
    2007 Isometric contraction induces rapid myocyte remodeling in cultured rat right ventricular papillary muscles 2007
    2007 Theoretical quality assessment of myocardial elastography with in vivo validationIEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control.  54:2233-2245. 2007
    2007 Tissue engineering of skeletal muscle 2007
    2007 Collagen fiber alignment does not explain mechanical anisotropy in fibroblast populated collagen gelsJournal of Biomechanical Engineering.  129:642-650. 2007
    2007 Model-based development of four-dimensional wall motion measuresComputer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering.  196:3061-3069. 2007
    2007 Bradycardic therapy improves left ventricular function and remodeling in dogs with coronary embolization-induced chronic heart failureJournal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.  321:469-476. 2007
    2007 Effect of passive cardiac containment on ventricular synchrony and cardiac function in awake dogsEuropean Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.  31:55-64. 2007
    2007 Mechanical load initiates hypertrophic scar formation through decreased cellular apoptosisThe FASEB Journal.  21:3250-3261. 2007
    2006 Advanced tools for tissue engineering: Scaffolds, bioreactors, and signaling 2006
    2006 Imaging cardiac mechanics: What information do we need to extract from cardiac images?Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings.  1545-1547. 2006
    2006 Model-based screening of wall motion measures for detection of ischemia in three-dimensional cardiac imagesAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings.  628-631. 2006
    2006 Effects of sequential biventricular pacing during acute right ventricular pressure overload 2006
    2006 Nitrite-induced cross-linking alters remodeling and mechanical properties of collagenous engineered tissuesConnective Tissue Research.  47:163-176. 2006
    2006 Teaching from classic papers: Hill's model of muscle contractionAdvances in Physiology Education.  30:67-72. 2006
    2005 Dynamic cardiac information from optical flow using four dimensional ultrasoundAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings.  7 VOLS:4465-4468. 2005
    2005 The development of structural and mechanical anisotropy in fibroblast populated collagen gelsJournal of Biomechanical Engineering.  127:742-750. 2005
    2005 Segmentation of real-time three-dimensional ultrasound for quantification of ventricular function: A clinical study on right and left ventriclesUltrasound in Medicine and Biology.  31:1143-1158. 2005
    2005 Structure and mechanics of healing myocardial infarctsAnnual Review of Biomedical Engineering.  7:223-253. 2005
    2005 Mechanical strain alters gene expression in an in vitro model of hypertrophic scarringAnnals of Plastic Surgery.  55:69-75. 2005
    2005 Parameterization of left ventricular wall motion for detection of regional ischemiaAnnals of Biomedical Engineering.  33:912-919. 2005
    2005 Left ventricular assist device support normalizes left and right ventricular beta-adrenergic pathway propertiesJournal of the American College of Cardiology.  45:668-676. 2005
    2004 Candidate mechanical stimuli for hypertrophy during volume overload 2004
    2004 Regional functional depression immediately after ventricular septal defect closureJournal of The American Society of Echocardiography.  17:1066-1072. 2004
    2004 Determinants of left ventricular shape change during fillingJournal of Biomechanical Engineering.  126:98-103. 2004
    2003 Creating alignment and anisotropy in engineered heart tissue: Role of boundary conditions in a model three-dimensional culture system 2003
    2002 Isotonic biaxial loading of fibroblast-populated collagen gels: A versatile, low-cost system for the study of mechanobiologyBiomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology.  1:59-67. 2002
    2002 Energetics of the Frank-Starling effect in rabbit myocardium: Economy and efficiency depend on muscle length 2002
    2001 Normalized diastolic properties after left ventricular assist result from reverse remodeling of chamber geometryCirculation.  104. 2001
    2001 Comparison of right and left ventricular responses to left ventricular assist device support in patients with severe heart failure: A primary role of mechanical unloading underlying reverse remodelingCirculation.  104:670-675. 2001
    2001 Modelling cardiac mechanical properties in three dimensions 2001
    2001 LV volume quantification via spatiotemporal analysis of real-time 3-D echocardiographyIEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging.  20:457-469. 2001
    2000 Chronic unloading by left ventricular assist device reverses contractile dysfunction and alters gene expression in end-stage heart failureCirculation.  102:2713-2719. 2000
    2000 Left ventricular assist device-induced reverse ventricular remodelingProgress in Cardiovascular Diseases.  43:19-26. 2000
    2000 Structural and mechanical factors influencing infarct scar collagen organization 2000
    1999 Extracellular matrix regulation of cell phenotype and functionAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED.  42:247-248. 1999
    1999 Isotonic biaxial loading: an economic, versatile method for the study of fibroblast-populated collagen gelsAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED.  43:111-112. 1999
    1998 Frequency-dependence of myocardial energetics in failing human myocardium as quantified by a new method for the measurement of oxygen consumption in muscle strip preparationsJournal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology.  30:1459-1470. 1998
    1997 Functional implications of myocardial scar structure 1997
    1996 Collagen Fiber Orientation in Myocardial Scar TissueQualitative Health Research.  6:15-22. 1996
    1996 Enhanced regional deformation at the anterior papillary muscle insertion site after chordal transsectionCirculation.  93:585-593. 1996
    1995 Depressed regional deformation near anterior papillary muscle 1995
    1995 Impaired subendocardial function in tachycardia-induced cardiac failure 1995
    1994 Scar remodeling and transmural deformation after infarction in the pigCirculation.  90:411-420. 1994


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    2017 Biomechanics of Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction.  233-269. 2017
    2014 Cardiac restraint and support following myocardial infarction.  169-206. 2014

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