University of Otago.Department of Physiology.Department of Physiology.

Heather Lab

Professor Alison Heather

Alison Heather

Professor

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 7399
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: alison.heather@otago.ac.nz

Member of Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology.

Research interests

My research focuses on how the sex hormones, estrogen and testosterone, affect non-reproductive tissues in the body. My primary research investigates how these sex hormones promote calcification of atherosclerotic plaques. Atherosclerosis is the major cardiovascular disease and calcification of plaques leads to more ruptures causing heart attacks and strokes. The work performed in my laboratory is aimed at improving the understanding and safety of hormone replacement treatment use.

My research team also develops bioassays for the detection of designer androgens and estrogens that are used as doping agents in sports.

Projects

Lab personnel

Elliot Cooper

Elliot Cooper

Adam Denny

Adam Denny

Oby Ebenebe

Oby Ebenebe

Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

Kevin Jagau

Kevin Jagau

Rachel Lund

Rachel Lund

Luke Worthington

Luke Worthington


Selected publications

Elliot Cooper

Elliot Cooper

Assistant Research Fellow

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4211
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: elliot.cooper@otago.ac.nz

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Adam Denny

Adam Denny

PhD student

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4211
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: denad364@student.otago.ac.nz

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Oby Ebenebe

Oby Ebenebe

PhD student

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4211
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: ebeob062@student.otago.ac.nz

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Gillian Hughes

Gillian Hughes

Assistant Research Fellow

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 4703417
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: gill.hughes@otago.ac.nz

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Kevin Jagau

Kevin Jagau

BBiomedSc (Hons)

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4211
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: jagke109@student.otago.ac.nz

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Rachel Lund

Rachel Lund

PhD student

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4211
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: lunra511@student.otago.ac.nz

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Luke Worthington

Luke Worthington

Research Assistant

Department of Physiology
Otago School of Medical Sciences
University of Otago
PO Box 913
Dunedin
New Zealand

Phone: 479 4211
Fax: +64 3 479 7323

Email: luke.worthington@otago.ac.nz

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My interest in Physiology was aroused while doing PHSL345 as part of my 300-level papers. I was intrigued by how little is known about how the human body works under normal and pathological conditions.

Aye Thaung - BBiomedSc (Functional Human Biology) student