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Welcome to our lab!

The purpose of our laboratory is to build exceptional scientists that help to improve cardiovascular health.

We develop multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms that regulate blood pressure and how it leads to cardiovascular disease, while creating a productive and friendly environment where we can educate the next generation of scientists. We work in multi-disciplinary teams that reflect the complexity of blood pressure regulation to facilitate advancing research and translation of our findings. 

Want to learn everything about gut microbiota in hypertension?

Check out our latest review published in Nature Reviews Nephrology.


Our guidelines paper published in Hypertension

The STORMS guidelines for reporting human microbiome studies we contributed to, published in Nature Medicine

Evidence that gut microbial substances lower blood pressure in patients published in Nature Cardiovascular Research


The last few years have been very successful for our team! Since the start of the lab in Nov-2018, our members won or were finalists for 85 awards and 32 travel grants!


This includes the prestigious Australian Academy of Science Gottschalk Medal, the International Society of Hypertension Mid-Career Award, the Women's Agenda STEM Award, International Society of Hypertension, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia, 10x Genomics, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, EMBL and others - just WOW.


 Photos of some of our awards can be seen here 

Media appearances

We believe that part of being a good scientist is being able to communicate effectively with the public.


Check out some of our contributions to blogs, videos, STEM profilenews and interviews 

We are recruiting for trials

If you live in or near Melbourne, Australia, you can register for our exciting trials on the gut microbiome 

Our diversity statement

"We understand that scientific excellence depends on creativity, that creativity emerges from diversity, and that the advantages of diversity are realized through inclusion." - David Asai

Our lab members acknowledge that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are key foundations for excellence in science. However, discrimination and unconscious biases continue to perpetuate in research. DEI is important to us and it aligns with our team's values:

Integrity and teamwork: We acknowledge that institutionalized discrimination persists in science. We are committed to fostering an environment where everybody has the same opportunities.

Innovation: We understand that innovation emerges from curiosity and creativity, and that these emerge from diversity, so we strive to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace for all.

Respect: We understand and challenge our unconscious biases on a regular basis and hold each other accountable. We amplify the voices of under-represented groups. We respect and embrace diverse opinions and create a safe work environment.


Unlocking the Mysteries of Blood Pressure Regulation

We are passionate about our research and want to make a difference.

Do you want to join us in our mission? 

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Gut microbiota

There is emerging evidence that the microbes that inhabit our colon, also known as the gut microbiota, might have a role in the regulation of blood pressure. Consumption of a diet high in fibre increases gut microbiota populations that generate short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). We have determined that a diet rich in fibre or SCFA modulates gut microbes and prevents the development of cardiovascular disease. We are now trying to understand the mechanisms involved, how the gut and its microbes communicate with other key tissues, as well as performing clinical trials to decrease the burden of cardiovascular disease through prevention of hypertension.

Contact Us

School of Biological Sciences,

Faculty of Science
Monash University, Clayton,
Melbourne, Australia

+61-03-9905 6958

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