Cher-Rin Chong

Dr Cher-Rin Chong

NHMRC Ext-Funded Rsch Fellow B

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Welcome to my homepage. I am a translational researcher, with significant experience in community and hospital clinical pharmacy in Australia. My PhD was in cardiovascular pharmacology, and my immediate postdoctoral training was in physiological biochemistry and cardiac metabolism. I returned to Adelaide in late 2019 to set up my own research program.

My research interests lie primarily in understanding the metabolic regulation of the heart, and how the process of energy generation in the heart affects cardiac function. My research adopts a translational "bench-to-bedside" approach. I am particularly keen in applying the knowledge gained towards developing targeted therapeutics and improving health outcomes.

Key research areas:
- Cardiac metabolism, pharmacology & physiology
- Ketone metabolism
- Obesity, diabetes and diabetic heart
- Takotsubo (stress) syndrome

Research techniques used in my lab include:
- Vascular organ bath
- Langendorff and working heart perfusions, with additional capacity to pace and perform radiolabelled measurements
- Platelet aggregometry
- Ultrasound preclinical imaging
- Applanation tonometry
- High-performance liquid chromatography, immunoblotting/immunohistochemistry, qPCR
- Primary and non-primary cell cultures
- Evidence synthesis through meta-analysis and systematic review

Joining the lab:
I am always on the lookout for enthusiastic, curious and motivated students or postdocs to join the lab. Recruitment for research degree graduates (honour's, Master's and PhD), as well as scholarship application, will be conducted via the University's programs. For postdoctoral researcher, I will provide support for application to fellowship programs. If you are interested, please reach out to me at to discuss potential project and application, along with a copy of your CV.




  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 - ongoing NHMRC Peter Doherty & Heart Foundation Research Fellow University of Adelaide
    2016 - 2019 Nuffield Medical Fellow University of Oxford
    2012 - 2016 NHMRC Dora Lush PhD candidate University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2016 Rotating pharmacist, Pharmacist registrar, Senior pharmacist The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, SA Department of Health
    2007 - 2007 Intern pharmacist Community pharmacies
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Chinese (Cantonese) Can read, write, speak and peer review
    Chinese (Mandarin) Can read, write, speak and peer review
    English Can read, write, speak and peer review
    Malay Can read, write and speak
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    University of Adelaide Australia Ph.D.
    University of South Australia Australia Bachelor of Pharmacy
  • Research Interests

2023 CIA, Seed funding, Foundation for high blood pressure research 

2022 CIA, BHI/THRF equipment grant

2020 CIA, Project grant, Diabetes SA

2019 CIA, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Heart Foundation of Australia (co-funded with NHMRC) 

2019 CIA, Peter Doherty Fellowship, NHMRC 

2019 CIA, Early Career Fellowship, THRF 

2018 CIA, Pump priming grant, Oxford BHF CRE (UK).

2016, CIA, Nuffield Medical Fellowship, University of Oxford (UK)

2014, CIA, Dora Lush Biomedical Research Postgraduate Scholarship, NHMRC

2014, Affiliate Clinical Development Award, CSANZ

2013, 2014 Travelling fellowship, Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSANZ)

2013 CIA, Professional development grant, Young Professional Group, SA Department of Health

2011 - 13 Student travel grant, Australasian Society of Clinical & Experimental Pharmacologists & Toxicologists

2005 Student Vacation Scholarship, The Cancer Council Australia

Cher-Rin is involved in the supervision of research placements for third year biomedical students.

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2023 - ongoing Member Policy Committee Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research Australia
    2022 - ongoing Member Research advisory committee Diabetes SA Australia
    2021 - ongoing Member Emerging Leaders Committee Australian Cardiovascular Alliance Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Management Committee Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research Australia
    2020 - 2020 Member Bliss Adelaide Bliss Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2020 - ongoing Member Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy - United States
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2021 - ongoing Project grant Grant Assessment Diabetes UK United Kingdom
    2020 - ongoing Project grant Grant Assessment The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research & Development Netherlands
    2020 - 2021 Postgraduate scholarship; Project grant Grant Assessment Heart Foundation Australia
    2019 - ongoing Project grant Grant Assessment Health Research Council New Zealand
    2015 - ongoing Ideas grant; Investigator grant; Development grant; Project grant Grant Assessment NHMRC Australia
  • Position: NHMRC Ext-Funded Rsch Fellow B
  • Phone: 81334005
  • Email:
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Basil Hetzel Institute, floor 2
  • Org Unit: Medical Specialties

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