Co-Head, Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory (with Dr James Hudson)
Co-Director, UQ Centre for Cardiac and Vascular Biology (with A/Prof Ben Hogan, IMB)
Dr. Porrello received his Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) and PhD in Physiology from The University of Melbourne. He was subsequently awarded a prestigious NHMRC/NHF C.J. Martin postdoctoral fellowship to undertake postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, USA, under the guidance of Prof. Eric Olson, a preeminent figure in cardiac biology. In 2012, Dr. Porrello was recruited to the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland where he established the Cardiac Regeneration Laboratory, which he now co-heads together with Dr. James Hudson. His research focuses on understanding how the newborn heart regenerates following injury and whether this regenerative capacity can be harnessed in adults following heart attack. Dr Porrello’s research has been recognized by a number of prestigious awards including an NHMRC/NHF Career Development Award, NHF Paul Korner Innovation Award, UQ Foundation for Research Excellence Award, A.K. McIntyre Prize (Australian Physiological Society) and the UT Southwestern Postdoctoral Achievement Award.
1. An RNA-based strategy for heart regeneration.
2. Disease modeling and functional screening using bioengineered heart muscle.
3. Regulation of endogenous heart regeneration by an anti-fibrotic microRNA.
4. Regulation of heart development and regeneration by DNA methylation.
DEVB3002 (Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine), Course Co-ordinator (with Dr David Simmons)
BIOM2012 (Systems Physiology), Lecturer
Honorary Research Appointment - Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI)
Honorary Fellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB)
Currently held grants and fellowships:
2016-2019: NHMRC/NHF Career Development Award, ‘An RNA-based strategy for heart regeneration’
2016-2018: NHMRC Project Grant (CIB) ‘Targeted direct reprogramming of adult cardiac fibroblasts to functional cardiomyocytes’
2016-2018: The University of Queensland, Strategic Funding Request (CIA), ‘Establishment of UQ Centre for Cardiac and Vascular Biology’
2016: Stem Cells Australia, Strategic Initiative Grant (CIC), ‘Disease modeling and functional screening using bioengineered heart muscle’
2015-2017: NHMRC Project Grant (CIA), ‘Regulation of endogenous heart regeneration by an anti-fibrotic microRNA’
2015-2017: NHMRC Project Grant (CIA), ‘Regulation of heart development and regeneration by DNA methylation’