Thomas Agbaedeng

Dr Thomas Agbaedeng

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Adelaide Medical School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Dr Thomas A. Agbaedeng is a postdoctoral fellow with a keen interest in mechanisms driving the development of cardiac arrhythmias. In his postdoc, Dr Agbaedeng investigates the mechanistic links between gut microbiota and cardiac arrhythmogenesis in rat models of hypertension and metabolic syndrome. Using next-generation sequencing tools (including 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing of microbes) and molecular techniques, Dr Agbaedeng aims to determine the unique signature of gut microbiome predisposing to cardiometabolic sequelae. This, Dr Agbaedeng believes, would help us to truly understand and appreciate the implication of the Gut-Heart-Axis, especially as they pertain to atrial electrophysiological remodelling and arrhythmia development.

Thomas Agbaedeng recently completed his PhD studies at the Centre for Heart Rhythm Disorders, The University of Adelaide. Using multimodal approach of meta-analysis and pre-clinical experimental models, his PhD research has provided many insightful findings on the risks and mechanisms of atrial fibrillation and sudden cardiac death in obesity. His PhD work has been presented for several Young Investigator Awards, including winning 1st Prize in the Young Investigator Award competition at the European Heart Rhythm Association Congress, Barcelona. His impressive PhD research has also been presented at major international conferences and awarded several prestigious accolades. Recently, Dr Agbaedeng was awarded the Achievement Award for the overall top winner of the CSANZ Travelling Grant to the European Society of Cardiology at the ESC Congress in Paris August/September 2019.

Dr Agbaedeng track record boasts several significant accomplishments. He has provided technical and research guidance to PhD students, and led Journal Club tutorials for MBBS Honours students. He has collaborated on projects presented at major international conferences, co-authored five published papers in high impact journals, and authored two invited editorials. Dr Agbaedeng has authored and co-authored over 30 conference papers and proceedings. He has peer-reviewed papers (more than 20 since 2019) for high-impact journals (Q1), such as Circulation; Canadian Cardiovascular Journal; Heart Rhythm; Laboratory Investigations (Springer Nature Groups); and American Journal of Physiology. His research excellence is attested in his election to State Committee of the Australian Society for Medical Research as a Media Liaison. As part of the Scientific Meeting subcommittee, Dr Agbaedeng helped convened the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, putting forth a fantastic event of scientific learning.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow The University of Adelaide
    2019 State Scientific Meeting Subcommittee & Media Liaison Australian Society for Medical Research
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award Young Investigator Award Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society Thailand
    2019 Research Award Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Research Travel Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2019 Achievement Achievement Award 2019 European Society of Cardiology France
    2019 Award ISHR Student Investigator Award Finalist International Society for Heart Research Australia
    2018 Award National Scientific Meeting Travel Award International Society for Heart Research Australia
    2018 Achievement Medical Staff Society Research Prize Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia
    2018 Award 1st Prize, Young Investigator Award European Heart Rhythm Association Spain
    2018 Award EHRA Congress Travel Award European Heart Rhythm Association Spain
    2017 Achievement Best Abstract Presentation Australian Society for Medical Research Australia
    2017 Award Ralph Reader Young Investigator Award Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand Australia
    2017 Award Young Investigator Award Heart Rhythm Society | Cardiac Electrophysiological Society United States
    2017 Award Adelaide Medical School Overseas Research Travel Award The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Award Peter M. Steele Electrophysiology Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2015 Award Adelaide Tuition Fee Scholarship The University of Adelaide Australia
    2011 Award Rivers State Sustainability Development Agency Undergraduate Scholarship Rivers State Government, Nigeria United Kingdom
    2010 Award Rivers State Sustainability Development Agency College Scholarship Rivers State Government, Nigeria United Kingdom
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2019 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Ph.D.
    2011 - 2014 University of Brighton, Brighton United Kingdom B.Sc. (Hons.)
  • Research Interests

  • TA Agbaedeng - CSANZ-BAYER Career Development Grant; the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand and Bayer Pharmaceutical – 2019 to 2020
  • TA Agbaedeng - Tom Simpson Trust Fund for the purchase of a Multiskan Sky Microplate Spectrophotometer Reader; Heart Foundation of Australia – January 2020 ($22,000)
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  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 - 2018 Other MBBS Honours Research Tutorial The University of Adelaide MBBS Honours Research Tutorial Honours Part Time MBBS Honours Students
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - ongoing Member American Physiological Society United States
    2019 - ongoing Member American Heart Association United States
    2017 - ongoing Member Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand, Affiliate Member Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member The Australian Society for Medical Research, Student Member Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Disorders, Associate Member Singapore
    2017 - ongoing Member American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, Student Member United States
    2016 - ongoing Member The Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, Fellow-Trainee Member United States
    2016 - ongoing Member Heart Rhythm Society United States
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Member Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology Circulation - Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology United States
  • Review, Assessment, Editorial and Advice

    Date Title Type Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing BMC Cardiovascular Disorders (Journal Impact Factor 1.95) Peer Review BioMed Central Academic Journals United Kingdom
    2019 - ongoing Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology (Journal Impact Factor 1.53) Peer Review International Journal of Cardiac Arrhythmias and Rhythm Management United States
    2019 - ongoing Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (Journal Impact Factor 2.91) Peer Review Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology United States
    2019 - ongoing Laboratory Investigation (Journal Impact Factor 3.68) Peer Review Nature Publishing Group United States
    2019 - ongoing Journal of Clinical Medicine (Journal Impact Factor 5.69) Peer Review Multidisciplinary United States
    2019 - ongoing Journal of Applied Physiology (Journal Impact Factor 3.14) Peer Review American Physiological Society United States
    2019 - ongoing American Journal of Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology (Journal Impact Factor 4.05) Peer Review American Physiological Society United States
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Phone: 81284488
  • Email: thomas.agbaedeng@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: SAHMRI, floor 8
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Medical School

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