Our Researchers

Your support powers our researchers to explore new medical breakthroughs in heart disease.

Professor Helge Rasmussen

MD DMSc FRACP Chair of Cardiology, University of Sydney Department of Cardiology, Royal North Shore Hospital

Professor Helge Rasmussen divides his time between working as an interventional cardiologist and leading a team of researchers in molecular and cellular medicine. A particular focus of his research is learning how heart cells work, which has led to discoveries that could mean better treatment for heart failure and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

Professor Geoffrey Tofler

MBBS MB FRACP FACC, Professor of Preventative Cardiology, University of Sydney, Staff Specialist in Cardiology at Royal North Shore Hospital, Chair of Preventative Cardiology for Heart Research Australia

Professor Geoffrey Tofler has over 20 years’ experience as a clinical consultant cardiologist, including 13 years at Harvard Medical School Hospital in Boston.

Professor Gemma Figtree

MB BS, DPhil (Oxon), FRACP, FCSANZ, FAHA Interventional Cardiologist, Royal North Shore Hospital and Professor (Medicine), University of Sydney

Prof Gemma Figtree is committed to improving the care for heart attack patients, using her knowledge of redox signalling to develop methods of identifying those at highest risk of adverse outcomes, and discovering novel therapies, inspired by her clinical work as an interventional cardiologist at Royal North Shore Hospital.

Professor Martin Kluckow

MBBS FRACP CCPU Professor of Neonatology, Northern Clinical School

Professor Kluckow is a Senior Staff Specialist in Neonatology at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and a Professor of Neonatology at the University of Sydney, Australia. With his Sydney based research group, he has led the development of neonatal haemodynamics and point of care ultrasound in the neonatal unit for the past 20 years,

Dr Paul Bonnitcha

BSc (Adv) Hons (1UM), MSc, D.Phil (Oxon), MBBS, MRACI CChem

Dr Bonnitcha is a Chemical Pathology Registrar at RPA hospital and a Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Northern and Central Clinical Schools in the Medical Faculty.

Dr Anthony Ashton

Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Scientific Director, Division of Perinatal Research Kolling Institute of Medical Research

Dr Anthony Ashton graduated with a PhD from UNSW and spent 12 years developing his skills in cardiovascular research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. His research is focused on how abnormal reaction of maternal blood vessels can predispose a woman to life threatening complications during pregnancy.

Dr Owen Tang

PhD student at Kolling institute in Nephrology

As Laboratory Manager, Dr Tang is a key figure in the lab, sharing his knowledge and expertise with graduate students and medical researchers.

Dr Elisha Hamilton

Laboratory Manager, Kolling Institute

Dr Hamilton is directly responsible for performing many of the experiments that are conducted within Prof Rasmussen’s laboratory as well as providing a supervisory role to both students and research assistants within the lab.