John W. Clark, Jr.
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor of Bioengineering
Electrophysiology (neural, cardiac); Electrophysiology (neural, cardiac); mathematical modeling of biological systems; nonlinear system dynamics; electromagnetic field theory and medical image processing.
Professor Clark, a professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bioengineering, is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for contributions to modeling in electrophysiology and cardiopulmonary systems. Cited as one of the leaders in bioengineering in the Houston area, he has served as the president of the international IEEE Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology (EMBS) and has held several offices in that Society. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and has served on the Governing Board of that Society. In 1993, he was inducted as a Founding Fellow in the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in a ceremony held at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC. Early in his career, he spent a sabbatical year as an Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Fellow at the University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2009, Clark received the IEEE/Engineering in Medicine and Biology Service Award "for outstanding service and contributions to the EMB Society and a meritorious career in biomedical engineering education."
Graduate students involved in Dr. Clark’s research group are interested in either of two topics: (A) application of mathematical and engineering techniques to the fields of neuroscience and cardiovascular-respiratory systems or (B) medical image processing. Current research interests in Group A include the development of quantitative mathematical models of single neurons and cardiac cells, as their utilization in multicellular networks (e.g. neural reflexes such as in the cardiac baroreflex, and neural circuits for the control of respiration). Group B involves collaborative research with biomedical imaging research groups within different institutions in the Texas Medical Center. This collaborative research includes positron emission tomography (PET) imaging studies conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Osama Mawlawi in the Diagnostic Imaging Department at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and the development of quantitative medical imaging techniques for cancer diagnosis, treatment planning and surgical guidance focusing on clinical applications such as brain tumors and breast cancer. This latter research is in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Wong, Systems Medicine and Bioengineering Department, at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston.