Dr Yolanda Hill
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I am an MRC-funded UKRI Innovation Fellow, working with Professors John Terry and Jonathan Fieldsend at the University of Exeter, Dr Glyn Thomas at the Bristol Heart Institute, and industry partner Biosense-Webster, on my project "Cardiac Positioning System (CPS) - An automated navigation system to guide catheter ablation therapy".
After completing my Bachelor's degree in Biology with Psychology from Queen Mary University of London, I went on to do my PhD at King's College London in Computational Cardiac Electrophysiology, modelling reentrant electrical activation waves which cause ventricular arrhythmias. Notably, this work contributed to developing a novel strategy to guide cardiac ablation therapy to treat ventricular tachycardia arising from myocardial infarction (heart attack).
My current research builds on improving the treatment of ventricular tachycardia by refining the pace mapping technique used during ablation, to reduce the risk and increase success rates of the procedure. My work focuses on utilising machine learning and mathematical modelling to indicate the location of infarct scar tissue and critical reentrant circuit sites from electrocardiogram data. Accurate identification of the these areas of diseased tissue help to guide the delivery of successful ablation therapy to terminate ventricular tachycardia.