Molly Maleckar, Ph.D.
Molly Maleckar has been in a leadership role at Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, Norway, since 2010, most recently as a Senior Scientist in computational cardiac modeling. The multidisciplinarity of the cardiac modeling world, which exists at the intersection of engineering, biology, mathematics, and physics, and at multiple temporal and spatial scales, captured Molly’s interest as a novice investigator. Her research career began with study of the role of myocardial heterogeneities in cardiac muscle excitation, and moved to the role of cardiac fibrosis in arrhythmias, region-specific electrophysiology, and multiscale modeling in atrial arrhythmias.
Molly received her B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 2002, and her Ph.D. in the same from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2008. She moved to Simula Research Laboratory in 2009 to begin postdoctoral work, and collaboratively soon won external funding focused on translational applications in cardiac modeling via Simula's partnership in a national Center for Cardiological Innovation (CCI). She has been involved since both as an active researcher and the Simula Representative to the Board of Directors. Molly has additionally co-coordinated or coordinated multiple international projects aimed at development of innovative risk scores and therapies: i.e. to elucidate risk for sudden cardiac death associated with first myocardial infarction (MI-RISK) and a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network designed to train Europe's next generation of interdisciplinary cardiac scientists while attacking major obstacles to the development of new therapies for atrial fibrillation (AFib-TrainNet). In the latter, Dr. Maleckar also served as the Head of the Supervisory Board.
As the former leader of her research department and former Director of Simula’s graduate school, Molly tries to bring both an interdisciplinary and global perspective to her work. This means being open to concepts from both related and unrelated fields of research to support and guide translational science. Simply stated, she enjoys work which occurs at the intersection of technology and biology and remains fascinated by our growing ability to understand previously enigmatic aspects of the human body via advances in technology. She has also been involved in teaching throughout her scientific career, and enjoys sharing research advances with the public at conferences and seminars, particularly when she can spark curiosity and encourage discussion.