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Alfonso Bueno-Orovio

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Alfonso Bueno-Orovio

British Heart Foundation Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellow
Associate Professor

E: alfonso.bueno < at >
T: +44 1865 610737

Wolfson Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QD


I use an integrative approach to cardiac electrophysiology research, combining clinical and experimental data, modelling and simulation, to investigate cardiac arrhythmias and possible therapeutic targets.

Due to the multiscale nature of cardiac electrophysiology, computational models represent the perfect framework to augment and fully analyse experimental and clinical findings. They allow for the integration of existing and new knowledge, enabling investigations of cellular processes and cardiac arrhythmias with high spatio-temporal resolution. Such an approach involves a deep understanding of multiple data sources, from cellular ionic mechanisms and signaling pathways to electrical conduction at the tissue and whole organ levels. In order to further advance our current understanding of heart function, our methodology is based on a synergistic clinical, experimental and computational approach, aiming to develop novel hypotheses, therapeutic targets, and technologies to improve risk identification under different disease conditions. Translation of results from basic science to clinical and industrial applications is central to my work via collaboration with clinicians and industrial partners.

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Research areas and Collaborators:

I'm a Basic Science Research Fellow of the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Principal Investigator of the Oxford BHF Centre of Research Excellence, and member of the Computational Cardiovascular Science team. My research focuses on the interplay between cardiac function and structure in modulating deadly arrhythmias in the human heart, computer modelling and simulation towards a reduction and replacement of animals in research and safer drugs in human, and advanced mathematical modelling for cardiac tissue and magnetic resonance imaging. For further details on our research and collaborators, please visit our team's website.


  • International 3Rs Prize (NC3Rs, UK, 2018).
  • Archer RAP Award (EPSRC, UK, 2018).
  • BHF Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellowship (British Heart Foundation, UK, 2017).
  • Technological Innovation Award (Safety Pharmacology Society, 2017).
  • NC3Rs Infrastructure for Impact Award (NC3Rs, UK, 2016-2021).
  • Archer Leadership project (EPSRC, UK, 2016-2017).
  • Recurrent Award for Excellence (University of Oxford, UK, 2016).
  • International 3Rs Prize (NC3Rs, UK, 2015).
  • Impact Acceleration Award (EPSRC, UK, 2015-2016).
  • Impact Acceleration Award (EPSRC, UK, 2013-2014).
  • Torres Quevedo Award (Ministry of Science and Innovation, Spain, 2008).
  • Computational Science and Engineering Student Prize (BGCE, Germany, 2007).
  • SIAM Student Prize (Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, USA, 2004).

Postdoctoral Research Assistants:

  • Zhinuo Jenny Wang (Apr 2018 – Sep 2019) → Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford.
  • Aurore Lyon (Oct 2017 – Mar 2018) → Postdoctoral researcher, University of Maastricht.

Current DPhil students:

  • Jorge Corral Acero (2018-21): 3D bi-ventricular heart shape reconstruction and analysis from 2D cardiac MRI.
  • Francesca Vergara (2018-21): Drug-induced electro-mechanical abnormalities through in-silico personalised human heart models.
  • Peter Marinov (2016-19): Personalised 3D modelling of the right ventricle as an approach to arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy.
  • Polina Mamoshina (2016-19): Signalling pathways of drug-induced cardiotoxicity and cellular apoptosis using machine learning techniques.
  • Héctor Martínez-Navarro (2015-19): Whole-heart population-level modelling of anti-arrhythmic drug therapy in response to coronary occlusion, aging and gender.

Graduated DPhil students:

  • Anna Muszkiewicz (2013-16): Multiscale modelling and simulations into the mechanisms linking neuronal nitric oxide synthase and atrial fibrillation.
  • Louie Cardone-Noott (2012-16): Computational investigation of the human electrocardiogram under healthy and diseased conditions.
  • Xin Zhou (2012-15): In silico investigations into human ventricular pro-arrhythmic mechanisms combined with in vivo and in vitro experiments.
  • Oliver Britton (2011-14): Combined experimental and computational investigation into inter-subject variability in cardiac electrophysiology.

Trainees’ Awards:

  • Jorge Corral Acero: Best Work in Imaging Award, 2019 Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart Conference, 2019.
  • Zhinuo Jenny Wang: Post-doctoral runner-up Best Poster Award, 2019 Gordon Research Conference on Cardiac Arrhythmia Mechanisms, 2019.
  • Zhinuo Jenny Wang: Travel Award, BHF Centre of Research Excellence, Oxford, UK, 2019.
  • Héctor Martínez-Navarro: Travel Award, BHF Centre of Research Excellence, Oxford, UK, 2019.
  • Elisa Passini: International 3Rs Prize, NC3Rs, UK, 2018.
  • Héctor Martínez-Navarro: Finalist, VPHi Best Student Award, 2018 VPHi Conference, 2018.
  • Anna Bialas: Microsoft Prize for best Computer Science project, University of Oxford, 2018.
  • Anna Muszkiewicz: EPSRC Plus Prize, UK, 2016.
  • Anna Muszkiewicz: Research Spotlight Award, BCS Academy of Computing, 2016.
  • Oliver Britton: International 3Rs Prize, NC3Rs, UK, 2015.
  • Elisa Passini: Best Poster Award, 2015 Meeting of the European Working Group in Cardiac Cellular Electrophysiology, 2015.
  • Oliver Britton: EPSRC Plus Prize, UK, 2014.
  • Oliver Britton: Finalist, UK ICT Pioneers Awards, 2014.
  • Anna Muszkiewicz: Rosanna Degani Young Investigator Award Honourable Mention, 2014 Computing in Cardiology Conference, 2014.
  • Xin Zhou: Microsoft Research Award, Doctoral Training Centre on Systems Biology, Oxford, 2012.
  • Oliver Britton: Microsoft Research Award, Doctoral Training Centre on Systems Biology, Oxford, 2011.


Dr Alfonso Bueno-Orovio obtained his PhD from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain, 2007) in modelling and simulation of human ventricular electrophysiology, followed by industrial experience and a post-doctoral position at the Technical University of Madrid. He then joined the Computational Cardiovascular Science group at the University of Oxford in 2010, in the development of synergistic data-driven approaches for cardiovascular research. In 2017 he became one of the few computational Intermediate Basic Science Research Fellows of the British Heart Foundation. His work covers the many facets of structural-function interplay and population variability in the human heart, where modelling and simulation are used to augment experimental and clinical findings to investigate cardiac arrhythmias and mechanisms of drug action under different pathological conditions.

Selected Publications

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Current Students

Current Postdocs

Past Students

Louie Cardone-Noott
Polina Mamoshina
Hector Martinez-Navarro

Past Postdocs

Oliver Britton
Anna Muszkiewicz