Mat FrancoisFrancois laboratory Read more
Ben HoganHogan laboratory Read more
Kelly SmithSmith laboratory Read more
Justin Cooper-WhiteCooper-White laboratory Read more
James HudsonHudson Laboratory Read more
Peter LittleLittle Laboratory Read more
Nathan PalpantPalpant Laboratory Read more
Wally ThomasThomas laboratory Read more
The UQ Centre for Cardiac and Vascular Biology (CCVB) brings together researchers from The University of Queensland with a common goal, to investigate vertebrate cardiac and vascular biology with a focus on development, regeneration and disease.
We are eight independent research labs led by Justin Cooper-White, Mathias Francois, Ben Hogan, James Hudson, Peter Little, Nathan Palpant, Kelly Smith and Wally Thomas located at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. We are based within the Institute for Molecular Bioscience (Francois, Hogan, Palpant, Smith), the Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology (Cooper-White), the School of Biomedical Sciences within UQ's Faculty of Medicine (Hudson, Thomas) and the School of Pharmacy within the UQ's Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences (Little). Our program is focused on research excellence in Cardiac & Vascular Biology.
Each of our teams brings a specific area of expertise to the centre.
Cooper-White Laboratory - tissue engineering and microfluidics
Francois Laboratory - transcriptional regulation of blood vessels
Hogan Laboratory - vascular developmental biology
Hudson Laboratory - muscle tissue engineering and cardiac regeneration
Little Laboratory - atherosclerosis research
Palpant Laboratory - stem cells and cardiovascular development
Smith Laboratory - cardiac morphogenesis
Thomas Laboratory - receptor biology in cardiac disease
Hence our multidisciplinary, collaborative and integrated research centre covers several different aspects of cardiovascular development, regeneration and disease. Our labs are filled with talented and passionate scientists. Select a group to find out more about our eight teams.
Our vision is to build a world-class, multidisciplinary centre of researchers focussed on central aspects of cardiac and vascular biology, development, regeneration and disease.
Our mission is to advance our knowledge of cardiac and vascular biology. By discovering more about the genes, molecules and cellular processes controlling vessel formation and vascularisation, heart development and cardiovascular regeneration, we aim to generate new directions in the hunt for future therapeutics.
Our research includes high-throughput genetic approaches for gene discovery, innovative microscopic approaches to visualise cellular and developmental processes, stem cell engineering, engineered microfluidic devices, small molecule screens and regenerative biology. We study cardiac and vascular processes at the organismal, tissue, cellular, individual protein and gene level resolution. In science, technology is always improving. We strongly believe in keeping up with these advancements, as well as creating our own. We are constantly developing and engineering new techniques, protocols and research tools.