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Past Scientists

Dr Chris Stanley


Chris Stanley graduated with a PhD in Vascular Pharmacology and Physiology from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2013. During this work, he studied how human arteries contract and relax explicitly aiming to develop novel therapeutic tools to treat high blood pressure and vascular disorders associated with high cholesterol and diabetes. He then undertook postdoctoral work at the University of Oxford, UK probing the impacts of disease on the structure and function of arteries in the heart and the lungs of humans.

Dr Stanley joined the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in December 2015 as a member of the Vascular Biology Laboratory. During this period, Dr Stanley was a principal researcher involved in mapping out a novel mechanism that controls how arteries constrict and relax, and how this ultimately controls blood pressure.

Recently published in Nature (Stanley et al. Nature. 2019; 566: p548), Dr Stanley's work has the potential to make important contributions in tackling unmet clinical needs associated with vascular disease, specifically the devastating effects of low blood pressure associated with sepsis.

In 2020, Dr Staley moved to the Heart Research Institute where he is continuing her heart research as Microvascular Research Unit Leader.

Dr Chris Stanley Portrait
Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute - The Home of Heart Research for 30 Years