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Professor Karlheinz Peter


Professor Karlheinz Peter

Head: Atherothrombosis and Vascular Biology

Deputy Director, Basic and Translational Science

Lead: Atherothrombosis Program


Monash University

RMIT University

Torrens University supervisor

NHMRC Principal Research Fellow

+61 3 8532 1490

Professor Karlheinz Peter is a senior interventional cardiologist at the Alfred Hospital and a basic scientist and Deputy Director (Basic and Translational Research) at Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute. He is Professor of Medicine and Immunology at Monash University and Pharmaceutical Science at RMIT and he holds a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) principal research fellowship.

Professor Peter has been working for many years and continues to work as an interventional cardiologist, including previously as the head of the cardiac catheter laboratory at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He did his postdoctoral training at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and at Scripps Research Foundation, La Jolla, USA. He did most of his clinical training at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. His research is focused on the cellular mechanisms of coronary artery disease and its consequence, myocardial infarction, encompassing the role of platelets, coagulation and inflammation in atherosclerosis, as well as the mechanisms leading to the rupture of atherosclerotic plaques. He has developed novel biomarker (proteomic and microRNA) approaches and molecular imaging strategies using MRI, ultrasound, CT and PET towards the localisation of thrombi, inflammatory reactions and vulnerable, rupture-prone plaques and the identification of patients at risk of myocardial infarction.


  • RT Hall Prize for outstanding achievements in cardiovascular research (2014)
  • Ross Hohnen Award for the best research application, National Heart Foundation (2012)
  • World Congress of Cardiology Fellowship Award, National Heart Foundation of Australia (2005)
  • Schwarz-Monheim-Prize of the German Society of Angiology (2000)


  • Principal Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (2014)
  • Senior Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (2009)
  • Future Fellowship of the Australian Research Council (2009)

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