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Research interests

Dr Mark Butlin is a research associate 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 works in the Blood Pressure and Vascular Function Laboratory research team with:


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 and Health Sciences. He is unit convenor for:

  • MEDI2101: Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
  • MEDI7401: Research Rotations 1
  • MEDI7402: Research Rotations 2
  • MEDI7501: 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)"Interaction of Cellular Processes and the Extracellular Matrix in Relation to Mechanical Properties of Blood Vessels"
Fatemeh Shirbani (PhD)"Measurement of blood pressure by imaged-based photoplethysmography"
Kathryn Busch (PhD) 
Kingsley Duru (PhD)"Synergistic effect of isoflavones and Inonotus obliquus (chaga) extract on Streptozotocin (STZ) induced type II diabetes rats"
Saja Alqasas (Masters of Research) 
Stephen Woodford (PhD)"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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Projects 2008 2020

Research Outputs 2005 2020

Arterial blood pressure measurement and pulse wave analysis-their role in enhancing cardiovascular assessment

Avolio, A. P., Butlin, M. & Walsh, A., 2010, In : Physiological Measurement. 31, 1, p. R1-R47 47 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

Pulse Wave Analysis
Blood pressure
Pressure measurement
Arterial Pressure

Pressure dependency of aortic pulse wave velocity in vivo is not affected by vasoactive substances that alter aortic wall tension ex vivo

Butlin, M., Lindesay, G., Viegas, K. D. & Avolio, A. P., 15 May 2015, In : American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology. 308, 10, p. H1221-H1228 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Pulse Wave Analysis
Arterial Pressure
Vascular Stiffness
Blood Pressure
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism

Central aortic pressure improves prediction of cardiovascular events compared to peripheral blood pressure in short-term follow-up of a hypertensive cohort

Zuo, J., Chang, G., Tan, I., Butlin, M., Chu, S. L. & Avolio, A., 2 Jan 2020, In : Clinical and Experimental Hypertension. 42, 1, p. 16-23 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Arterial Pressure
Blood Pressure
Vascular Stiffness
Cardiovascular Diseases

Interarm differences in brachial blood pressure and their effect on the derivation on central aortic blood pressure

Peebles, K. C., Tan, I., Cook, M. T. D., Theobald, D. A., Avolio, A. P. & Butlin, M., 11 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Artery Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Arterial Pressure
Blood Pressure
Hand Strength
Independent Living

Pressure dependency of retinal arterial pulse wave velocity in the rat

Rezaeian, M., Georgevsky, D., Golzan, S. M., Graham, S., Avolio, A. & Butlin, M., 11 Feb 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Artery Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Retinal Artery
Pulse Wave Analysis
Arterial Pressure