Gernot Plank is Professor of Computational Cardiology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria. He received an M.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1996 and a Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2000, both from the Technical University of Graz, Austria. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at Technical University of Valencia, Spain (2000–2002), at the University of Calgary, Canada (2003, supervised by Prof. Vigmond) and, as a Marie Curie Fellow, he held a Visiting Faculty position at the Johns Hopkins University, USA (2006–2008, supervised by Prof. Trayanova). In 2008 he became Academic Fellow at the Oxford e-Research Centre and the Oxford Computing Laboratory at the University of Oxford, UK before being appointed as Associate Professor in 2011, and a full Professor of Computational Cardiology at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
His research is focused on the development of anatomically accurate and biophysically detailed in silico models of cardiac function to gain mechanistic insights into electrophysiological, electromechanical and mechano-fluidic behavior in health and disease. His work has a strong translational component centered on improving diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases with the main focus on pacing therapies to treat arrhythmias and pump dysfunction. In this regard parameter identification and data assimilation strategies for personalizing models to a specific patient have become a major avenue of research in his lab. Jointly with Dr. Vigmond (LIRYC, Bordeaux, France) he is the key developer of the cardiac modeling software CARP.