Mark Butlin

Dr, PhD, BE, SFHEA, Research Scientist (MQ Health)

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Research interests

Blood Pressure and Vascular Function (BPVF) Laboratory

  • Dr Mark Butlin (team head)

  • Dr Isabella Tan
  • Professor Emeritus Alberto Avolio
  • Clinical Associate Professor Edward Barin
  • Dr Sumudu Gangoda
  • Aiden Moriarty (Bachelor Clinical Science Research Rotation)
  • 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"
  • Gisele Bentley (Masters Research Rotation)
  • James Cox (PhD candidate, scholarship part sponsored by Cardiex AtCor Medical): "An investigation of non-invasive and cuffless approaches for the estimation of blood pressure"
  • Kathryn Busch (PhD candidate): "The utilisation of transcranial Doppler and non-invasive pressure measurement to assess cerebrovascular haemodynamic alterations during arterio-venous malformation"
  • Kingsley Duru (cotutelle PhD candidate): "Synergistic effect of isoflavones and Inonotus obliquus (chaga) extract on Streptozotocin (STZ) induced type II diabetes rats"
  • Kyrollos Louka (Masters of Research candidate): "Calibration for cuffless blood pressure measurement"
  • Dr Stephen Woodford (PhD candidate): "Cardiovascular Regulation in Human Aging"
  • Vaidehi Desai (Masters of Research candidate): "Non-invasive baroreceptor function measurement in humans and the interaction with large artery stiffness"
  • Profession And Community Engagement students, FMHHS Bachelor Clinical Science projects: Afra Ishmam, Caitlin Apcar, Himradri Sagara, Jackson Barkway, Mark Achmar, Matthew Zhang, Nicholas Ryan, Priscilla Chu, Victor Hoang, Xin Zhang, 

The research team is proud to have the following collaborators with honorary appointments at Macquarie University:

The laboratory approaches cardiovascular haemodynamics with a biomedical engineering scope. Dr Butlin's research addresses the stiffness of large arteries as a health risk factor and the use of 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.

Research engagement

The Blood Pressure and Vascular Function Laboratory has or is currently collaborating with the following organisations:



Dr Mark Butlin first started teaching at the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering at the University of New South Wales in 2007. He 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
  • MEDI2900 Introduction to Medical Research
  • MEDI7042 Research Rotations 2 (session 1 and 2)
  • MEDI7051 The Artificial Human

and guest lecturer in: BIOL3210 Advanced Human Physiology; MEDI7011 Research Frontiers in Medical Science; MEDI8100 Applied Medical Science 1.

Research student supervision

Blood Pressure and Vascular Function Laboratory alumni

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Mahdieh Rezaeian (2019); Alireza Rezvani Sharif (2018); Sumudu Gangoda (2018); Djahida Bedja (2016); Parisa Kouchaki (2016); Isabella Tan (2016); Kayla Viegas (2014); George Lindesay (2013); Azadeh Farnoush (2012); Mojtaba Golzan (2012); Keith Wan-Kee Ng (2011)

Masters of Research: Saja Alqasas (2021); James Cox (2019); Sumudu Gangoda (2018); Julio Antonio Lara Hernández (2018); Fatemeh Shirbani (2016); Aarathi Venunadan (2015); Harish Ramachandran (2015)

From Blood Pressure and Vascular Function Group, not formally under Mark Butlin's supervision: Audrey Adji (PhD, 2016); Mi Ok Kim (PhD, 2015); Francesca Giudici (PhD, 2014)

Past staff: Dr Sumudu Gangoda (2020, 2021); Paulina Szwaja (2020); Dr Bart Spronck (2016-2017); Dr Martin Turner (2012-2014)

Undergraduate honours projects: George Lindesay (2010); Ayman Al Qahtani (2014)

Professional and Community Engagement (PACE) projects, in collaboration with Fledge Innovation Labs and with Cardiex AtCor Medical): Amelia Smart (2021), Jamie Barnacoat (2021), Chloe Newman (2021), Joshua Baker (2021), Might Nasrabadi (2021), Pranita Kumar (2021), Ravindu Kahawita (2021), Rawan Hajder Mhawe (2021), Thomas Courtney-Stubbs (2021), Tom Murphy (2021); Annica Roberts (2021); Aleksia Grbic (2021); Dylan Lim (2021); Hannah Sexton (2021); Jack Roser (2021); Joseph Iannella (2021); Olivia Otto (2021); Taylah Scutts (2021); Hannah Belikoff (2020); Maggie Chan (2020); Benjamin Cook (2020); Jack Davenport (2020); Maddison Gardoni (2020); Gisele Bentley (2020); Samuel Hamilton (2020); Joanne Juma'a (2020); Jonathan Lewis (2020); Jeong Lim (2020); Brock McMillan (2020); Olivia Mitchell (2020); Elicia Petschack (2020); Emma Rhall (2020); Alireza Sadegholvad (2020); Andrew Turner (2020);

Research rotation (undergraduate and postgraduate) experience: Ahmad Al-Qadi (2019); Saja Alqasas (2020); Veronica Bakhoum (2019); Sean Barton; James Cox; Joyce El Haddad; Angela Godinez (2018); Benjamin Grubba (2020); Taeyoon Lee (2019); Kyrollos Louka (2020); Olivia Mitchell (2020); Aidan Moriarty (2021); Sarah Ozer (2020); Emma Rhall (2020); Aadil Syed (2020); Monique Van Acquoy; Arran Weir (2019); 

Education/Academic qualification

Senior Fellowship (SFHEA), Advanced HE

Award Date: 26 Sep 2019

Graduate, Publons - Clarivate Analytics

Award Date: 10 May 2019

PhD, The University of New South Wales

Dec 2003Nov 2007

Bachelor of Materials Engineering (Honours), University of Wollongong



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