Plamen Ch. Ivanov, Ph.D., D.Sc.
The new field of Network Physiology: From complex dynamics of physiological systems to dynamical networks of organ interactions and building the Human Physiolome
Plamen Ch. Ivanov

Professor Ivanov has introduced innovative ways to analyze and model physiologic data by adapting and developing concepts and methods from modern statistical physics, nonlinear dynamics and applied mathematics. He has investigated the dynamics and underlying control mechanism of a range of physiological systems, including studies on cardiac and respiratory dynamics, sleep-stage transitions, circadian rhythms, locomotion and brain dynamics, and has uncovered basic laws of physiologic regulation. His work is published in more than 150 publications and book chapters, and has been broadly featured in the media, including Scientific American, Science News, Physics World, Nature Research Highlights, Washington Post, Futurity Magazine, the Boston Globe. Professor Ivanov has pioneered the study of dynamical network interactions of physiological and organ systems, and is the originator of a new field of research, Network Physiology. His current work focuses on developing theoretical framework to investigate network interactions among diverse organ systems, and how physiological systems integrate to generate distinct states and functions at the organism level and to produce health or disease.

Professor Ivanov is one of the nine founding members of PhysioNet (, an NIH sponsored data sharing research resource. His research has been funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, NIH, Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). He has served as editorial and advisory board member for several leading journals, including EPL (Europhysics Letters), EPJ Nonlinear Biomedical Physics, Journal of Biological Physics (JOBP), Frontiers in Fractal Physiology, Physiological Measurement, New Journal of Physics. He is Director of the International Summer Institute on Network Physiology (ISINP), Lake Como School of Advanced Study.
Professor Ivanov is Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (2010). He is recipient of the Sustained Research Excellence Award (2009-2011) of the Biomedical Research Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School; of the Georgi Nadjakov Medal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2012), and of the Pythagoras Award for significant achievements in interdisciplinary research (2014).

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