Mark Butlin


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Research interests

Dr Mark Butlin is a researcher in the field of biomedical engineering and cardiovascular haemodynamics. His research interests address the stiffness of large arteries as a health risk factor and using non-invasive cardiovascular factors as better predictors in the management of cardiovascular health. His work includes cross-discipline projects investigating end-organ damage in different arterial beds, including the brain and the eye. Dr Butlin designs and conducts studies to collect high quality in-vivo data and is well versed in the tools to analyse data, both big and small, to drill down to the key, useful outcomes. He is also a clear communicator and works toward translating complex concepts to succinct forms for time-poor clinicians, and easy to understand forms for patients and the public.

Dr Mark Butlin heads the Blood Pressure and Vascular Function Laboratory research team with:

Visiting appointments:

  • Dr Anastasia Mihailidou (Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney)
  • Dr Junli Zou (Ruijin Hospital North, China)
  • Dr Audrey Adji (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Sydney)

Community engagement

  • Chair - Human Research Ethics (Medicine) Low-risk Subcommittee, Macquarie University.
  • Member - Faculty Education Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University.
  • Associate EditorARTERY Research


Dr Mark Butlin first started teaching at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 2007. His expertise is in the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems and in biomedical device research. He continues to develop his teaching expertise, and has completed the Foundations in Learning and Teaching course at Macquarie University, and is a Senior Fellow of Advanced HE (SFHEA).

He currently teaches across the Bachelor of Clinical Science, Masters of Research, and Medical Doctorate programs within the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences. He is unit convenor for:

  • MEDI2101: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • MEDI7041: Research Rotations 1
  • MEDI7042: Research Rotations 2
  • MEDI7051: The Artificial Human

and guest lecturer in:

  • MEDI7011: Research Frontiers in Medical Science
  • MEDI8100: Applied Medical Science 1

Research student supervision

Current HDR candidates

Bhargava Veppala (PhD candidate)"Interaction of Cellular Processes and the Extracellular Matrix in Relation to Mechanical Properties of Blood Vessels"
Fatemeh Shirbani (PhD candidate)"Measurement of blood pressure by imaged-based photoplethysmography"
James Cox (PhD candidate)"An investigation of non-invasive and cuffless approaches for the estimation of blood" 
Kathryn Busch (PhD candidate) 
Kingsley Duru (PhD candidate)"Synergistic effect of isoflavones and Inonotus obliquus (chaga) extract on Streptozotocin (STZ) induced type II diabetes rats"
Saja Alqasas (Masters of Research candidate) "Standardisation of respiratory sinus arrythmia testing in the context of autonomic function testing"
Stephen Woodford (PhD candidate)"Cardiovascular Regulation in Human Aging"

Past HDR candidates

  1. Mahdieh Rezaeian (PhD, 2019)
  2. Alireza Rezvani Sharif (PhD, 2018)
  3. Sumudu Gangoda (PhD, 2018)
  4. Djahida Bedja (PhD, 2016)
  5. Parisa Kouchaki (PhD, 2016)
  6. Isabella Tan (PhD, 2016)
  7. Kayla Viegas (PhD, 2014)
  8. George Lindesay (PhD, 2013)
  9. Azadeh Farnoush (PhD, 2012)
  10. Mojtaba Golzan (PhD, 2012)
  11. Keith Wan-Kee Ng (PhD, 2011)
  12. James Cox (Masters of Research, 2019)
  13. Sumudu Gangoda (Masters of Research, 2018)
  14. Julio Antonio Lara Hernández (Masters of Research, 2018)
  15. Fatemeh Shirbani (Masters of Research, 2016)
  16. Aarathi Venunadan (Masters of Research, 2015)
  17. Harish Ramachandran (Masters of Research, 2015)

From Blood Pressure and Vascular Function Group, not formally under Mark Butlin's supervision

  1. Audrey Adji (PhD, 2016)
  2. Mi Ok Kim (PhD, 2015)
  3. Francesca Giudici (PhD, 2014)

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellowship (SFHEA), Advanced HE

PhD, The University of New South Wales

Bachelor of Material Engineering (Honours), University of Wollongong

External positions

Associate Editor, ARTERY Research

Feb 2020Feb 2023

Member, Association for Research into Arterial Structure and Physiology (ARTERY)

Member, High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia


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