Victor Chang Institute inside

Past Scientists

Dr Inken Martin


Dr Inken Martin graduated in Medicine from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and received her doctorate (similar to MD/PhD) for research at UC Berkeley, USA, in 2004 (highest distinction, Summa cum laude). She received her physician/cardiology training at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Supported by a graduate research scholarship from the German Academy of Natural Sciences “Leopoldina”, she conducted postdoctoral studies in human and zebrafish genetics at the ANZAC Research Institute (Prof G Nicholson; University of Sydney), and the University of Heidelberg (Prof W Rottbauer and Prof Hugo Katus).

In 2009, she joined Professor Diane Fatkin’s Inherited Heart Diseases laboratory at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute as a junior and later senior Postdoctoral Research Fellow. In 2014 Dr Martin was appointed Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the St Vincent’s Clinical School, UNSW. Dr Martin has established a unique zebrafish cardiac research program dedicated to modelling human adult inherited heart disease. Her research employs mutant and transgenic zebrafish models of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and arrhythmia to study the roles of genetic, environmental and pharmacological modifiers of disease. In 2017, Inken won the prestigious Ralph Reader Basic Science Prize awarded by the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.

After 12 years at the Institute, Dr Martin left at the end of 2020 to spend more time with her family.

Dr Inken Martin Portrait

Learn more about Inken Martin and her work

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