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Dr Colleen Thomas Senior Lecturer, Physiology, Physiology Anatomy & Microbiology

Colleen is a Senior Lecturer in human physiology and Head, Cardiovascular Physiology Laboratory. Colleen obtained her PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, Monash University, examining the influence of natriuretic peptides on cardiac reflexes in normal health, cardiovascular disease models and aging. She has expertise in instrumenting small and large animals for integrated cardiovascular physiological recordings in acute and chronic study settings (eg., blood pressure, heart rate, regional (organ) blood flow). She uses biochemical and molecular analyses to elucidate mechanisms of action. A significant post-doctoral research interest has been to develop novel strategies and therapies to treat myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. Functional components of diet to prevent / reverse chronic disease (especially CVD/ diabetes) are also a significant recent focus of her lab (anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant mechanisms of action; role of the gut microbiome). Colleen’s research is evidenced by multi-disciplinary collaborations to translate findings from basic research through to clinical trials and successful industry partnerships.

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