About Professor Christopher Semsarian

My clinical training in cardiology made me realise how little we know about human disease, and how many unanswered questions exist. It is my goal to improve the heart health of all Australians through medical research.

Prof Semsarian is a Molecular Cardiologist with a specific research focus in the molecular basis of cardiovascular disease, in particular, identifying genes that cause disease and elucidating how these gene defects activate signalling pathways leading to disease.

Prof Christopher Semsarian graduated in medicine from the University of Sydney in 1990. After completing his medical and cardiology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Chris undertook a highly successful PhD at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. Chris continued his research as a Research Associate in the Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, before returning to Australia in January 2002.

His research interest over the last 10 years has focused on the molecular and genetic basis of cardiovascular disease and specifically, in understanding how genes cause heart disease.

Following his return to Sydney, Chris established and is currently the Head of, the Agnes Ginges Centre for Molecular Cardiology at the Centenary Institute, is a Molecular Cardiologist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Chris currently runs a research program which is funded by peer-reviewed grants from the NHMRC and National Heart Foundation of Australia. He has 8-10 fulltime staff, mainly comprised of PhD and Honours students. Chris is also the PhD Postgraduate Co-ordinator for the Centenary Institute.

Selected publications

For a comprehensive list of Professor Semsarian's publicatons, please visit his Sydney Medical School profile page.