In olden times, when a lot was yet to be discovered, there were not many professions as such. However, some aspects of healthcare and engineering have been prevalent ever since mankind existed. Nevertheless, there has always been a mild professional battle between the two fields. At times, many individuals are even confused about which domain to choose for their professional calling, as both fields have multiple advantages in their own way. At the same time, there is a never-ending argument on who did it better, the doctors or the engineers?
However, there is also a third option, the best of both worlds: biomedical engineering. Surpassing an extreme level of brilliance in a multidimensional domain that captures the essence of all fields, presenting a territory that benefits all. Biomedical engineers like Hamid Reza Marateb possess the skills to scan physiology, biology, healthcare and health informatics, mechanics, and engineering, so they can combine these skills to create solutions to current world health issues. They have nerve-wracking skills to create devices that improve the quality of life for those with disabilities, illnesses, or other health conditions. It makes the field of biomedical engineering increasingly relevant because these professionals develop essential medical technology, additionally presenting a revolution to the general populace when it comes to the treatment of patients and lowering the cost of care.
Hamid Reza Marateb obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran, in 2000 and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Amir Kabir University of Technology, graduating in 2003. During this period, Marateb served as an engineer at Mircompany in Tehran, followed by a research assistant position at the Electronics and Computer Research Centre, the University of Isfahan, Iran, from 2003-2008. Afterward, he worked as a research assistant at LISiN Laboratory of Engineering of Neuromuscular System in Turin, Italy, from 2008 to 2009. He also conducted multiple research at institutions like PAIRE – Palo Alto Institute for Research and Education in California and Stanford University in 2009. Meanwhile, he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino in Turin, Italy, in 2010.
Marateb is actively involved in a variety of ongoing projects, encompassing areas such as Drug Target Therapy utilizing Data Mining and Optimization, the development of Innovative Rehabilitation Technologies, the exploration of Personalized Medicine, assessments for neurological and neuromuscular decline, as well as Risk Assessments for both Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) and the intersection of CVD with Cancer.
Additionally, he is engaged in projects related to medical regulations, integrating Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medical devices, and advancing innovative health technologies. Marateb’s impactful contributions have been recognized through grants, including an EU-funded Marie-Cure TECNIOspring grant spanning from 2015 to 2017 and another EU-funded Beatriu de Pinos Grant from 2022 to 2025.
Marateb has gained multiple achievements and intends to gain more. Some of his acquired honors are as follows:
- A presentation at the Idea Festival, University of Isfahan, Iran, in 2014
- He gained recognition as a reviewer for ELSEVIER journals from 2015 to 2018
- He was selected as an outstanding reviewer by the Journal of Neural Engineering in 2019
- In 2019, he received internationalization recognition from the University of Isfahan.
- In 2023, he received the first rank from the AD Scientific Index 2024 among the University of Isfahan’s biomedical engineering scientists
Presently, he holds a position at the University of Isfahan’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, where he has served as an associate professor since 2011. Simultaneously, he is affiliated with the Biosignal Analysis for Rehabilitation and Therapy Research Group (BIOART) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Marateb has played key roles in the internationalization and educational leadership of the engineering faculty at the University of Isfahan, delivering a range of courses that span biological modeling, pattern recognition, electromyography, and various biomedical engineering topics. He has also been the co-PI of the European Modernization and internationalization of Iranian HEIs via collaborative TEL-based curriculum development in engineering and STEM/UNI-TEL at the University of Isfahan.
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