Professor Candido Cabo
» Computer Systems Technology
» Spring 2005
In his spring 2005 Scholar on Campus Lecture, "The Reconstruction of the Heart: Building Bridges Across Cells and Disciplines," Computer Systems Technology Professor Candido Cabo described how the development of computer models of complex biological systems such as the heart is emerging as an important area of research. This is because medical researchers, information systems technologists and professionals from other fields are now working together to more fully understand how the global behavior of a biological system relates to the local properties of its interacting parts.
"Those computer models would be inconceivable without the synergistic interactions of experts in disciplines like biology, mathematics, physics, engineering and computer science," said Cabo. "Clearly, we say that a group of interacting experts often exhibits behaviors that cannot be predicted from their behavior in isolation?"
Cabo's ongoing research focuses on developing computer models of the heart, which he undertakes in collaboration with the College of Physicians and Surgeon's Department of Pharmacology at Columbia University. The goal of this partnership is to understand how acquired disorders, such as myocardial infarction, and genetic diseases, such as the Long QT syndrome, a malfunction of the heart's electrical system, result in abnormal heart rhythms.
Cabo, a native of Galicia in Spain, joined the City Tech faculty in 2000 as an assistant professor and was recently promoted to associate professor. He is co-editor of the textbook, Quantitative Cardiac Electrophysiology, published in 2002 by Marcel Dekker, Inc. and considered a leading text in the field.
He was a Spanish National Institute of Health Research Fellow at a hospital in Madrid and worked in the Netherlands as an engineering scientist in arrhythmia electrophysiology. He came to the U.S. in 1987, earned a PhD in biomedical engineering from Duke University, and was a National Science Foundation/Engineering Research Centers Fellow, followed by a fellowship in pharmacology at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse.
During the past 20 years, Cabo has written more than 60 journal articles as lead or co-author, presented at conferences in a dozen U.S. cities and five other countries, received several research grants, served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation and American Heart Association, and as a reviewer for eight professional journals.
At the time of his selection as Scholar on Campus, he was also developing PhD courses in computational biology for The CUNY Graduate Center and participating in research collaborations with Upstate Medical University in Saracuse, New York, St. Mary's Hospital Imperial College in London, New York University Medical Center and Columbia University. Cabo also mentors eight students, including a doctoral candidate, and still finds time to volunteer at Centro de Educacion de Trabajadores in Manhattan, which provides immigrants with English, computer and citizenship classes as well as cultural, social and legal services.