Our Researchers

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

Prof Helge Rasmussen

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

Prof 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.

Prof Geoffrey Tofler

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

Prof Geoffrey Tofler is Honorary Medical Director of Heart Research Australia. He has 20 years’ experience as a clinical consultant cardiologist, including 13 years at Harvard Medical School Hospital in Boston.

Prof 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 a Professor in Medicine at the University of Sydney. She completed her DPhil at Oxford University in 2002 supported by a Rhodes Scholarship. She 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 Ravinay Bhindi

MBBS PhD FRACP FESC Professor, University of Sydney Consultant and Interventional Cardiologist Royal North Shore Hospital

Professor Ravinay Bhindi is a consultant and Interventional Cardiologist on the North Shore Hospital Campus. He has expertise in complex coronary intervention and structural heart disease including percutaneous valve therapies.

Dr Chia-Chi Liu

BSc (Hons) MSc (Biochem) MSc (BioTech) PhD Senior Research Fellow North Shore Heart Research Group University of Sydney

Dr Liu is recognised as one of the leading researchers at the Kolling Medical Research Institute at University of Sydney; in particular she is highly regarded for her expertise in free radical biochemistry and molecular biology .

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 Yu Suk Choi

PhD- University of Melbourne Lecturer / Assistant Professor The School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, The University of Western Australia

Dr Yu Suk Choi, a Lecturer at the University of Western Australia (PhD in 2010), is an innovative leader in stem cell mechanobioloby. His research is focused on cell-extracellular matrix interaction and stem cell differentiation to generate ideal cell sources for regenerative medicine.

Dr Paul Bonnitcha

University of Sydney: BSc (Adv) Hons 1UM University of Sydney: MSc Oxford University: D.Phil. (Oxon) University of Sydney: MBBS

Dr Paul Bonnitcha is a radiation oncology registrar at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Sydney Medical School Foundation Fellow based at Royal North Shore Hospital. His research career began at the University of Sydney where he completed an Advanced Science degree with Honours and a Master of Science from 2001-2005.

Muntasir Billah

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (UTS)  

Muntasir is a PhD student at The University of Sydney and is based at Royal North Shore Hospital under the supervision of A/Prof Ravinay Bhindi. Prior to starting his PhD, Muntasir a Bachelor of Biomedical Science from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in 2012.

Dr Kristen Bubb

BSc, PhD  

Dr Kristen Bubb has been awarded an Early Career Researcher Grant, which will allow her to pursue her research interests, develop as an independent scientist and mentor a PhD student. Dr Bubb is currently transitioning back to research in Australia after spending her entire post-doctorate career in London.