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Renee Chow completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she studied retinal development under the supervision of Prof. Bill Harris. After her PhD, she joined the lab of Dr. Julien Vermot in Strasbourg, where she researched the role of mechanical forces in heart development. In 2019, she was awarded a fellowship from the Lefoulon-Delalande Foundation. In 2023, she started her own lab at the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University.

Research interests

The Chow Group is interested in how heart valves form in the embryo, how heart valve disease progresses, and how heart valves heal after injury. The lab combines zebrafish genetics with cutting-edge live imaging and micromanipulation methods to understand how mechanical forces due to heartbeat and blood flow affect heart valve biology.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Cambridge

Research area keywords

  • Heart
  • Zebrafish
  • Developmental biology
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Heart valves
  • Biophysics
  • Microscopy
  • Image analysis