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Volker B128
(205) 975-2102

Research and Teaching Interests: Cardiac electrophysiology and electromechanics, Gastrointestinal electromechanics, Bioinstrumentation, Software 

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., University of California, San Diego, Bioengineering
  • M.S., University of California, San Diego, Bioengineering
  • Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, Bioengineering

Dr. Rogers received his degrees in Bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. After working for several years as a computational scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, he joined UAB in 1994. His research interests center on cardiac electrophysiology (the system that triggers and synchronizes each heart beat) and electromechanics (the interaction between the heart’s electrical system and its function as a muscle). He works in similar themes in the gastrointestinal system. Toward these ends, his laboratory develops new instruments and software for recording, analyzing, and understanding electromechanical function.

Dr. Rogers teaches courses in scientific computing and cardiac electrophysiology. He recently served as the director of the Biomedical Engineering Department’s undergraduate program. He is also a certified sailing instructor and teaches sailing to children and adults.

  • Recent Courses
    • EGR 150: Computer Methods in Engineering
    • BME 312: Biocomputing
    • BME: 490: Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Select Publications
    • Garrott K, Kuzmiak-Glancy S, Wengrowski A, Zhang H, Rogers J, Kay M. KATP channel inhibition blunts electromechanical decline during hypoxia in left ventricular working rabbit hearts. The Journal of Physiology. Forthcoming.
    • Zhang H, Iijima K, Huang J, Walcott GP, Rogers JM. Optical Mapping of Membrane Potential and Epicardial Deformation in Beating Hearts. Biophysical Journal. 2016; 111(2):438-51. PubMed [journal] PMID: 27463145, PMCID: PMC4968426.
    • Bourgeois EB, Reeves HD, Walcott GP, Rogers JM. Panoramic optical mapping shows wavebreak at a consistent anatomical site at the onset of ventricular fibrillation. Cardiovascular Research. 2012; 93(2):272-9. PubMed [journal] PMID: 22144474, PMCID: PMC3258655.
    • Bourgeois EB, Bachtel AD, Huang J, Walcott GP, Rogers JM. Simultaneous optical mapping of transmembrane potential and wall motion in isolated, perfused whole hearts. Journal of Biomedical Optics. 2011; 16(9):096020. PubMed [journal] PMID: 21950934, PMCID: PMC3194792.
    • Bachtel AD, Gray RA, Stohlman JM, Bourgeois EB, Pollard AE, Rogers JM. A novel approach to dual excitation ratiometric optical mapping of cardiac action potentials with di-4-ANEPPS using pulsed LED excitation. IEEE transactions on Bio-medical Engineering. 2011; 58(7):2120-6. NIHMSID: NIHMS326153 PubMed [journal] PMID: 21536528, PMCID: PMC3182506.
    • Bourgeois EB, Fast VG, Collins RL, Gladden JD, Rogers JM. Change in conduction velocity due to fiber curvature in cultured neonatal rat ventricular myocytes. IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering. 2009; 56(3):855-61. NIHMSID: NIHMS111310 PubMed [journal] PMID: 19272891, PMCID: PMC2689384.
    • Rogers JM, Walcott GP, Gladden JD, Melnick SB, Ideker RE, Kay MW. Epicardial wavefronts arise from widely distributed transient sources during ventricular fibrillation in the isolated swine heart. New Journal of Physics. 2008; 10(1):015004. NIHMSID: NIHMS48217 PubMed [journal] PMID: 18552988, PMCID: PMC2429991.
    • Rogers JM, Walcott GP, Gladden JD, Melnick SB, Kay MW. Panoramic optical mapping reveals continuous epicardial reentry during ventricular fibrillation in the isolated swine heart. Biophysical Journal. 2007; 92(3):1090-5. PubMed [journal] PMID: 17098797, PMCID: PMC1779958.
    • Kay MW, Walcott GP, Gladden JD, Melnick SB, Rogers JM. Lifetimes of epicardial rotors in panoramic optical maps of fibrillating swine ventricles. American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 2006; 291(4):H1935-41. NIHMSID: NIHMS13130 PubMed [journal] PMID: 16632545, PMCID: PMC1779904.

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