Research Groups

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 focussed 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.


Centre for Cardiac & Vascular Biology The University of Queensland