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Meet Our Scientists

Get to know some of the amazing minds behind our pioneering heart research

For over 25 years, scientists at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute have been making a difference in the lives of heart disease patients and their families worldwide.

Meet some of the Faculty Members, Group Leaders, Clinical Faculty Members, and Senior Scientists leading the way in cardiovascular disease detection, prevention and treatment.

Faculty Members, Group Leaders & Clinical Faculty Members

Professor Jason Kovacic

Director and CEO

Head, Vascular Biology Laboratory

Professor Sally Dunwoodie

Deputy Director

Director, Innovation Centre

Head, Embryology Laboratory

Professor Jamie Vandenberg

Deputy Director

Head, Molecular Cardiology and Biophysics Laboratory

Professor Bob Graham


Molecular Cardiology Laboratory

Dr Nikki Bart Portrait

Dr Nikki Bart

Clinical Faculty Member

Infiltrative Cardiomyopathy Group

Dr Charles Cox Portrait

Dr Charles Cox

Group Leader

Mechanobiology Laboratory

Professor Diane Fatkin

Professor Diane Fatkin


Inherited Heart Diseases Laboratory

Professor Michael Feneley


Cardiac Mechanics Laboratory

Associate Professor Eleni Giannoulatou


Computational Genomics Laboratory

Professor Richard Harvey

Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory

Dr Renjing Liu Portrait

Dr Renjing Liu


Vascular Epigenetics Laboratory

Professor Chris Hayward


Cardiac Mechanics Laboratory

Dr Adam Hill

Associate Professor Adam Hill

Deputy Director, Innovation Centre
Head, Computational Cardiology Laboratory

Professor Livia Hool


Cardiovascular Electrophysiology Laboratory - Western Australia

Associate Professor Andrew Jabbour

Cardiac Imaging Laboratory

Professor André La Gerche

Heart Exercise And Research Trials (HEART) Laboratory

Professor Peter Macdonald


Cardiac Transplantation Laboratory

Associate Professor Kavitha Muthiah Portrait

Associate Professor Kavitha Muthiah

Clinical Faculty Member

Professor Boris Martinac Portrait

Professor Boris Martinac


Mechanobiology Laboratory

A/Prof Mayooran Namasivayam Portrait

Associate Professor Mayooran Namasivayam


Heart Valve Disease and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Dr Lee Nedkoff Portrait

Dr Lee Nedkoff


Cardiology Population Health Laboratory - Western Australia

Dr Alastair Stewart


Structural Biology Laboratory

Professor Nigel Turner


Cellular Bioenergetics Laboratory

A/Prof Emily Wong Scientist

Associate Professor Emily Wong

Head, Regulatory Systems Laboratory

Senior Scientists

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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