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Chrishan is a NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Fibrosis Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology at Monash. Having been trained as a matrix biologist, his research is focused on identifying novel therapeutic targets and more direct and potent treatment strategies for fibrosis (organ scarring) prevention; particularly associated with cardiovascular, renal and allergic airways diseases. Chrishan's main interest has been to establish the anti-fibrotic and therapeutic potential of the naturally occurring hormone, relaxin. He additionally investigates other novel anti-fibrotics and repair factors, as well as combination therapies that may aid in tissue repair and regeneration, in collaboration with others.


  • Fibrosis
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Stem Cell Biology

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Projects 2007 2021

Research Output 2002 2019

Human amnion epithelial cells and their soluble factors reduce liver fibrosis in murine non-alcoholic steatohepatitis

Kuk, N., Hodge, A., Sun, Y., Correia, J., Alhomrani, M., Samuel, C., Moore, G., Lim, R. & Sievert, W., 1 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology (Australia). 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The use of live cell imaging and automated image analysis to assist with determining optimal parameters for angiogenic assay in vitro

Huuskes, B. M., DeBuque, R. J., Kerr, P. G., Samuel, C. S. & Ricardo, S. D., 10 Apr 2019, In : Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. 7, 14 p., 45.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Endothelial Progenitor Cells and Vascular Health in Dialysis Patients

Huuskes, B. M., DeBuque, R. J., Polkinghorne, K. R., Samuel, C. S., Kerr, P. G. & Ricardo, S. D., Jan 2018, In : Kidney International Reports. 3, 1, p. 205-211 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Hexarelin treatment preserves myocardial function and reduces cardiac fibrosis in mouse model of acute myocardial infarction

McDonald, H., Peart, J., Kurniawan, N., Galloway, G., Royce, S., Samuel, C. S. & Chen, C., 13 May 2018, In : Physiological Reports. 6, 9, 14 p., e13699.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Serelaxin as a novel therapeutic opposing fibrosis and contraction in lung diseases

Lam, M., Royce, S. G., Samuel, C. S. & Bourke, J. E., Jul 2018, In : Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 187, p. 61-70 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleOtherpeer-review