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Volker B132
(205) 975-2119

Research and Teaching Interests: Cardiac electrophysiology, Mechanisms of arrhythmias and defibrillation, Optical imaging of electrical and ionic activity in the heart, Tissue engineering

Office Hours: By appointment


  • B.S., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Physics
  • M.S., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Physics
  • Ph.D., Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Biophysics

Professor Fast joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UAB in 1997. His current research focuses on the effects of electrical fields on cardiac cells and on electrophysiological properties of engineered cardiac tissue. He teaches courses in Biomedical Engineering and Cardiac Electrophysiology.

  • Recent Courses
    • Engineering in Biology
    • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Select Publications
    • Gao L, Kupfer ME, Jung JP,Yang L, Zhang P, Tran Q, Ajeti V, Freeman BT, Fast VG, Campagnola PJ, Ogle BM and Zhang J. Myocardial tissue engineering with cells derived from human induced-pluripotent stem cells and a native-like, high-resolution, 3- dimensionally printed scaffold. Circ Res 2017.
    • Kong W, Ideker RE, Fast VG. Intramural optical mapping of Vm and Cai2+ during long- duration ventricular fibrillation in canine hearts. Am J Physiol. 2012;302:H1294-H1305.
    • Huelsing DJ, Spitzer KW, Pollard AE: Spontaneous activity in rabbit Purkinje myocytes induced by coupling to inexcitable ventricular myocardium Cardiovasc. Res., 59:620-627, 2003.
    • Sowell BL, Fast VG. Ionic mechanism of shock-induced arrhythmias: Role of intracellular calcium. Heart Rhythm 2012;9:96-104.
    • Fast VG, Cheek ER, Pollard AE, Ideker RE. Effects of electrical shocks on Cai2+ and Vm in myocyte cultures. Circ Res 2004;94:1589-1597.
    • Sharifov OF, Fast VG. Intramural virtual electrodes in ventricular wall: effects on epicardial polarizations. Circulation 2004;109:2349-2356.
  • Academic Distinctions and Professional Societies
    • American Heart Association