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Dr Charles Cox


Dr Charles Cox completed his PhD in 2013, following on from a Master’s degree (Honours 1st class) in Pharmacy; both at Cardiff University, UK. As a qualified pharmacist Dr Cox practiced in both hospital and community settings (2008-2013) prior to joining the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

After post-doctoral training in Professor Boris Martinac’s laboratory, Dr Cox was appointed as a Group Leader at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute (2019-2022) and has been affiliated with University of New South Wales Sydney since 2013.

The primary interest of Dr Cox’s group is cardiac mechanobiology. The heart beats 3.5 billion times in the average person’s life span and in doing so generates force to propel blood through the circulation. Dr Cox’s over-arching research interest is in understanding the molecular mechanisms and pathways by which these physical forces are sensed by cells. In particular how ion channels sense and respond to these signals within the cardiovascular system and how they integrate mechanical signals in both health and disease.

In 2015 Dr Cox was awarded the Young Biophysicist of the Year Award from the Australian Society of Biophysics and received a prestigious New South Wales Health EMCR Fellowship to support his work (2019-2021). Following this in 2022 Dr Cox was awarded an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2023-2026) and appointed as a laboratory head of the Cardiac Mechanobiology Lab at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

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Acknowledgement of Country

The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Gadigal of the Eora nation, on which we meet, work, and discover.
Our Western Australian laboratories pay their respect to the Whadjuk Noongar who remain as the ongoing spiritual and cultural custodians of their land.