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Biography

Dr Giannie Barsha is a Clinical and Translational Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Cardiology at the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, The University of Sydney and an Adjunct Research Associate at Monash University. Giannie completed her PhD in 2021 in the Cardiovascular Disease Program at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI), Monash University. She investigated sex and age-related differences in the pathophysiology of hypertension with particular focus on reinstating the protective cardiovascular effects of the renin-angiotensin system in aging females. She was then awarded the Monash FMNHS Bridging Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate modulators of endothelial dysfunction and angiogenesis in pre-eclampsia, as part of Vascular Pathophysiology and Therapeutics Group in the newly established Victorian Heart Institute.

Giannie's current research explores oxidative stress as a therapeutic target for atherosclerosis and heart failure, as well as biomarker discovery to aid early detection of coronary artery disease. In addition, Giannie coordinates the Sydney-based NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence SMuRFless CAD Clinic and associated Registry, in collaboration with key stakeholders at the Royal North Shore Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, The Royal Adelaide Hospital and Sydney Health Partners to develop evidence-based clinical pathways for better outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease.

Giannie continues to be passionate about gender disparity in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease and is a strong advocate for education and awareness surrounding heart disease in women.

Research area keywords

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Hypertension
  • Sex Differences
  • Heart failure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Aging
  • Cardiac fibrosis
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Sex hormones

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