Mauricio Villarroel
Associate Professor
Fellow of Magdalen College
Health Technologies
College: Magdalen College
Location: The Podium Institute, Old Road Campus Research Building, Oxford OX3 7DQ

Professor Mauricio Villarroel was born in Bolivia, where he completed his undergraduate degree in engineering. He then worked as a research scientist at the Health Sciences and Technology (HST) department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. collaborating with multidisciplinary teams from academia, hospitals, health organisations and industry (including major medical companies across the US and Europe) to develop advanced monitoring algorithms to improve clinical decision-making in intensive care. He completed his doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at Oxford in 2018 and trained for five-years as a post-doctoral researcher, focussing on the development non-contact video-based physiological monitoring technologies, primarily to develop personalised biomarkers of health to improve wellbeing, quality of life and health of patients. One spinout company (OxeHealth) has been founded based on his early research work. Mauro now leads the Podium Institute’s efforts in Digital Health using multimodal sensing technologies such as video cameras, wearable devices, wireless technologies (such as Wi-Fi), smartphones and, where appropriate, body-worn sensors. His primary focus is on cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases, to understand the underlying physiological state of individuals, all the way from early detection of long-term chronic conditions to in-hospital monitoring and remote management in community settings.