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Dr Kazu Kikuchi


Dr Kazu Kikuchi worked at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute from 2011 to 2019 as the head of the Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow, and Conjoint Senior Lecturer, St Vincent’s Clinical School, University of New South Wales.

He graduated from the Tohoku University School of Medicine, Japan, in 1999 and completed his PhD at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in 2003. Upon finishing his thesis, he studied as a post-doctoral fellow in Motonari Kondo’s Lab at Duke University in the US, and later went on to study organ regeneration in Ken Poss’ lab, also at Duke University.

In 2019 Kazu made the decision to return to his homeland, Japan, where he continues to work closely with scientists at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute to jointly advance research into heart regeneration, namely a major breakthrough which was published in 2021.

Dr Kazu Kikuchi 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