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.

My research interests lie in understanding metabolic regulation of the heart, and how the process of energy generation in the heart affects cardiac function. As academic pharmacist, my research program 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 commonly used in my lab include: 

  • Vascular organ bath 
  • Langendorff and working heart perfusions, with additional capacity to pace and perform radiolabelled measurements 
  • Platelet aggregometry 
  • Echocardiography (Vevo3100) 
  • Applanation tonometry
  • High-performance liquid chromatography, immunoblotting/immunohistochemistry, qPCR 
  • Primary and non-primary cell cultures  
  • Evidence synthesis through meta-analysis and systematic review 

I am always on the lookout for enthusiastic, curious and motivated students 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 programmes. If you are interested, please reach out me at to discuss potential project and application, along with a copy of your CV.



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 (awarded but did not accept)

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.

  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Investigating cardiovascular complications of diabetes Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Getandale Zeleke Negera
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Novel treatment to prevent cardiovascular disease in Type 2 diabetes The University of Adelaide - Honours - Emily Kovacev
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    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 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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