Members

PIs/Clinicians

Chris Baldi

Chris Baldi

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Professor Alison Heather

Alison Heather

Dr Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Dr Rajesh Katare

Rajesh Katare

Dr Regis Lamberts

Regis Lamberts

Dr Daryl Schwenke

Daryl Schwenke

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Richard Bunton

Richard Bunton

Sean Coffey

Sean Coffey

Ivor Galvin

Ivor Galvin

Pankaj Saxena

Pankaj Saxena

Research Staff

Carol Bussey

Carol Bussey

Ingrid Fomison-Nurse

Ingrid Fomison-Nurse

Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

Natalie Joe

Natalie Joe

Janet McLay

Janet McLay

Amol Shindikar

Amol Shindikar

Helen Waddell

Helen Waddell

Rachel Wallace

Rachel Wallace

Dr Luke  Wilson

Luke Wilson

Students

Rosalind Cook

Rosalind Cook

Lorna Daniels

Lorna Daniels

Midori Edamatsu

Midori Edamatsu

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

Pujika Munasinghe

Pujika Munasinghe

Thrishila Parshu Ram

Thrishila Parshu Ram

Shruti Rawal

Shruti Rawal

Genevieve Wilson

Genevieve Wilson

Joe Zhang

Joe Zhang

Previous staff

Ashvini Menon

Ashvini Menon

Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Deepti Muthukrishnan

Deepti Muthukrishnan

Ella Wu

Ella Wu

George Breen

George Breen

Manesh Deo

Manesh Deo

Crystal Diong

Crystal Diong

Nathan Hamer

Nathan Hamer

Katie Hoeksema

Katie Hoeksema

Shivanjali Lingam

Shivanjali Lingam

Aye Thaung

Aye Thaung

Chris Baldi

Chris Baldi

My general area of research is to examine the causes and prevention of cardiovascular dysfunction in patients with diabetes (type 1 and 2). Interests include: Exercise intolerance in diabetes; Myocardial and pulmonary dysfunction in diabetes; Paediatric diabetes research.

Email: chris.baldi@otago.ac.nz

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Lecturer

My research focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms that underlie structural heart disease and heart failure, particularly in the context of aging and diabetes.

Phone: +64 3 4703414

Email: jeff.erickson@otago.ac.nz

Professor Alison Heather

Alison Heather

Professor

Phone: 479 7399

Email: alison.heather@otago.ac.nz

Dr Peter Jones

Peter Jones

Senior Lecturer

My principal research interest is in how calcium cycling is controlled in cardiac myocytes. In particular my focus is on the mechanisms by which calcium release from intra-cellular stores (sarcoplasmic reticulum, SR) is controlled by the cardiac ryanodine receptor (RyR2). The aim of my research is to characterise how the activity of RyR2 is altered both physiologically and in disease. This is achieved using a broad spectrum of assays from molecular biology and single channel recordings, through to isolated cardiac myocytes and ultimately whole animal models.

Phone: +64 3 4703548

Email: pete.jones@otago.ac.nz

Dr Rajesh Katare

Rajesh Katare

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 3 4797292

Email: rajesh.katare@otago.ac.nz

Dr Regis Lamberts

Regis Lamberts

Senior Lecturer

Phone: +64 3 4703547

Email: regis.lamberts@otago.ac.nz

Dr Daryl Schwenke

Daryl Schwenke

Senior Lecturer

The functional capacity of the heart relies heavily on input from the autonomic nervous system to cope with the large and dynamic changes in cardiac output. In particular, sympathetic nerve activity provides the robust increase in cardiac performance in preparation for the 'fight-or-flight' response. Following an acute myocardial infarction, however, increases in sympathetic activity become counterintuitive dangerous for the heart, as it provides an extrinsic trigger for potentially-fatal arrhythmias. Yet surprisingly the pathomechanisms that underpin this dangerous increase in sympathetic activity remains to be fully elucidated. My research aims to identify central and peripheral pathways that contribute to the increase in sympathetic activity following acute myocardial infarction and, moreover, assess potential therapeutic strategies for ameliorating sympathetic excitation; in particular, the therapeutic potential of ghrelin.

Phone: +64 3 4797330

Email: daryl.schwenke@otago.ac.nz

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

Clinical Professor

My present research includes evaluating mechanisms of coronary in-stent restenosis as part of my work as a clinical interventional cardiologist. I have an interest in exercise cardiovascular physiology and its application to cardiac rehabilitation. I am also involved in ongoing projects evaluating cardiovascular risk factors and mechanisms of atherosclerosis progression influenced by the genetics of vascular disease.

Email: michael.williams@otago.ac.nz

External website

Richard Bunton

Richard Bunton

Cardiac Surgeon

Cardiac surgeon at Dunedin hospital

Sean Coffey

Sean Coffey

I am a Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Otago and a Cardiology Registrar at Dunedin Hospital. Prior to Dunedin, I completed my undergraduate medical education at the University of London and postgraduate education in Bristol and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. My current research focuses on heart failure and valvular heart disease, in particular aortic stenosis.

Email: sean.coffey@southerndhb.govt.nz

Ivor Galvin

Ivor Galvin

Cardiac Surgeon

Cardiac surgeon at Dunedin hospital

Pankaj Saxena

Pankaj Saxena

Email: drpankajsaxena@hotmail.com

Carol Bussey

Carol Bussey

Assistant Research Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4796371

Email: carol.bussey@otago.ac.nz

Ingrid Fomison-Nurse

Ingrid Fomison-Nurse

Assistant Research Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4797512

Email: ingrid.fomison-nurse@otago.ac.nz

Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

Assistant Research Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4703417

Email: gill.hughes@otago.ac.nz

Natalie Joe

Natalie Joe

Assistant Research Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4796371

Email: natalie.joe@otago.ac.nz

Janet McLay

Janet McLay

Research Technician

Phone: +64 3 4794211

Email: janet.mclay@otago.ac.nz

Amol Shindikar

Amol Shindikar

Assistant Research Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4797512

Email: amol.shindikar@otago.ac.nz

Helen Waddell

Helen Waddell

Research Assistant

The effect of oxidation on cardiac ryanodine receptor function

Phone: +64 3 4794211

Email: wadhe186@student.otago.ac.nz

Rachel Wallace

Rachel Wallace

Assistant Research Fellow

Email: rachel.wallace.otago.ac.nz

Dr Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson

Teaching Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4795602

Email: luke.wilson@otago.ac.nz

Rosalind Cook

Rosalind Cook

PhD Student

Adrenergic modulation of the diabetic heart

Phone: +64 3 4703417

Email: cooro724@student.otago.ac.nz

Lorna Daniels

Lorna Daniels

PhD Student

Email: danlo676@student.otago.ac.nz

Midori Edamatsu

Midori Edamatsu

Visiting Student

Phone: +64 3 4703417

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore

PGDipSci student

Why do females have higher risk of diabetic heart disease?

Phone: +64 3 4797512

Email: mooan627@student.otago.ac.nz

Pujika Munasinghe

Pujika Munasinghe

Visiting Student

Phone: +64 3 4797512

Thrishila Parshu Ram

Thrishila Parshu Ram

BSc Honours Student

Pathophysiology of microRNAs in diabetic hearts

Phone: +64 3 4797512

Email: parth848@student.otago.ac.nz

Shruti Rawal

Shruti Rawal

PhD Student

Pathological role of microRNAs in the development of diabetic heart disease

Phone: +64 3 4797512

Email: shr25175@student.otago.ac.nz

Genevieve Wilson

Genevieve Wilson

BSc Honours Student

Email: wilge046@student.otago.ac.nz

Joe Zhang

Joe Zhang

PhD Student

Regulation of the cardiac ryanodine receptor.

Phone: +64 3 4794211

Email: zhazh623@student.otago.ac.nz

Ashvini Menon

Ashvini Menon

Emily Gray

Emily Gray

Assistant Research Fellow

Phone: +64 3 4703417

Email: emily.gray@otago.ac.nz

Deepti Muthukrishnan

Deepti Muthukrishnan

Research Assistant

Ella Wu

Ella Wu

Research Assistant

George Breen

George Breen

PhD Student

Oxidative stress in the diabetic heart and the effects on sarcoplasmic reticulum calcium dynamics

Phone: +64 3 4794211

Email: brege431@student.otago.ac.nz

Manesh Deo

Manesh Deo

BMedSc Honours Student

Email: deoma281@student.otago.ac.nz

Crystal Diong

Crystal Diong

BMedSc Honours Student

Sympathetic hyperexcitation in obesity protects against pulmonary hypertension - identifying components of the Obesity Paradox

Phone: +64 3 4796371

Email: diocr379@student.otago.ac.nz

Nathan Hamer

Nathan Hamer

BSc Honours Student

Atrial ventricular differences in myocardial function in obesity.

Email: hamna801@student.otago.ac.nz

Katie Hoeksema

Katie Hoeksema

BSc Honours Student

Assessing the efficacy of a new class of anti-arrhythmics in human atrial samples.

Phone: +64 3 4794211

Email: hoeka741@student.otago.ac.nz

Shivanjali Lingam

Shivanjali Lingam

MSc Student

Effects of β2-adrenoceptor function in the diabetic myocardium.

Phone: +64 3 4796371

Email: linsh922@student.otago.ac.nz

Aye Thaung

Aye Thaung

Research Technician/MSc Student

Cardiac sympathetic nerve activity and myocardial sympathetic responsiveness in type 2 diabetic rats.

Phone: +64 3 4703417

Email: thahn577@student.otago.ac.nz

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