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Associate Professor in Pharmacology, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford

Dr. Rebecca-Ann Burton did her undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology (first class with distinction) and obtained an MSc in Pharmacology and Biotechnology from Sheffield Hallam University (2003). She then joined the Oxford Cardiac Mechano-Electric Feedback Group of Prof. Peter Kohl as a Lab Manager and Research Assistant. Remaining with the same team, she was awarded one of the coveted Oxford Overseas Research Scholarships to support her studies towards a DPhil in Cardiac Physiology (2010). In parallel, she completed an MBA, with Merit (2008). Her graduate research was focused on developing high-resolution, histo-anatomically detailed reconstructions of whole mammalian hearts, to support individualised structure-function modelling. Dr. Burton and Prof. Kohl have continued to collaborate and have published extensively in peer review journals.


Senior Software Developer in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland.

Dr. Alan Garny is a Senior Software Developer in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute. He did his DPhil with Prof. Peter Kohl at the University of Oxford, developing computer models of the origin and spread of cardiac excitation. Part of this work involved the development of COR, the first publicly available CellML-based environment. He is now the project manager and lead developer of OpenCOR, another CellML-based environment that relies on COMBINE standards (incl. CellML and SED-ML) to enable reproducible science.


Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics & The School of Biomedical Engineering, Dalhousie University.

Dr. Alex Quinn did his postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London with Prof. Peter Kohl from Oct 2008 - March 2013, investigating mechanisms of mechanically-induced arrhythmias and physiologic and ischaemia-related electrophysiological variability. The focus of his lab is on the intrinsic regulation of cardiac function and the effects of mechano-electric interactions on heart rhythm. His team continues to work in collaboration with the IEKM on various projects, most recently: (i) using cell-specific expression of a genetically-encoded voltage-sensitive fluorescent protein in mice to demonstrate electrical coupling between myocytes and non-myocytes in situ (PNAS, 2016); (ii) demonstrating the use of a genetically-expressed light-activated chloride channel in zebrafish to pace or silence the heart in vivo (Front Physiol, 2018); and (iii) comparing the structural, mechanical, and electrophysiological determinants of the chronotropic response to sinoatrial node stretch in rabbit and mouse (Front Physiol, 2020).

Credit: Britt Schilling/ Universitätsklinikum Freiburg